I've noticed a lot of racial diversity among elves, but rarely seen any black elves. I'm just curious. No, I'm not accusing anyone for being racist. I'm just asking if there are any traditional or cultural reasons for it; if there's a meaning behind it or if it symbolizes something special. Same reason I'm curious on why witches are either portrayed as old, ugly and green hags wearing pointy black hats and having a big nose and why more human looking witches are portrayed as either redhead or blackhead. #Elf #Elves #Race #Black
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I'd say it's mostly because elves are mythological creatures that originate from Germanic mythology and Norse mythology.
"Elf, plural Elves, in Germanic folklore, originally, a spirit of any kind, later specialized into a diminutive creature, usually in tiny human form. In the Prose, or Younger, Edda, elves were classified as light elves (who were fair) and dark elves (who were darker than pitch); these classifications are roughly equivalent to the Scottish seelie court and unseelie court. The notable characteristics of elves were mischief and volatility. They were believed at various times and in various regions to cause diseases in humans and cattle, to sit upon the breast of a sleeper and give him bad dreams (the German word for nightmare is Alpdrücken, or “elf-pressure”), and to steal human children and substitute changelings (deformed or weak elf or fairy children" Source (https://www. britannica. com/topic/elf-mythology)
Yes this is the mythos for the Origin of elves
In old celtic norse the elves are from Elfhiem were two speices of elves exist one being feminine dessed in white they were tall faired haired and skined they were the "light elfves" they were cridited for the concept of spirit guides, garden Angeles to the nordic people at the time were the other was dark elfves they were masucline and of Chaos and miss deeds.
Another comes from Irland ad like the light elfves were faired skinned and fair haired they were tall had beautiful features men and woman and the phrase "graceful" is used a lot however they were fickle meaning they would help you then turn on you their motives were "unknownable" or "unpredictable" they were caled the she folk. Iron is used as a ward however If you like i could share stories about both Elfhiem and the She folk your intreasted :).
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If you think about it this is actually quite simple, elves are originating from middle age European folklore and Norse mythology. The predominant skin colour (or simply set the only skin colour) known to these people was white back then, so the mythical beings known as elves also have been portrait white.
Portraying elves as black could therefor be seen als cultural appropriation.
They are not real but are invented characters. Santa is a mythical person that was invented white. That is the legacy of the character. Other colors or races may stroke individuals but Santa was invented and Santa was white. Elves were not typical of the cultural invented as any other white of close white character. Making Mickey Mouse white would not be Mickey. He was invented as a mouse that are shades of grey and black. He has no human racial traits in its' original form.
If the black race has a successful black character it should remain black. It was invented as black. Also commercially these things are used as in the way it will be the most commercially successful.