Elves, goblins and others

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Elf is  a small, often mischievous creature considered to have magical powers

Kobold is a household elf, or a gnome that haunts underground places in German folklore.

Brownie is a small sprite thought to do helpful work at night., and a member of the Girl Scouts from six through eight years of age.

Brownie, in the popular folklore of Scotland, a good-natured, invisible, household goblin who lives in farmhouses and other country dwellings. While the people are asleep, the brownie performs their labors for them. If offered payment for his cervices, the brownie disappears and is never seen again. In Germany a similar spirit is called a Kobold.

Gnome, one of a fabled race of dwarflike creatures who live underground and guard treasure hoards.

Gnomes are subterranean creatures who make their homes deep

Dwarf, a small creature resembling a human being, often ugly, appearing in legends and fairy tales.

Troll, a supernatural creature of Scandinavian folklore, variously portrayed as a friendly or mischievous dwarf or as a giant, that lives in caves, in the hills, or under bridges.

Goblin, a grotesque, elfin creature of folklore, thought to work mischief or evil

Poltergeist, a ghost that manifests itself by noises, rappings, and the creation of disorder.

Gremlin, an imaginary gnomelike creature to whom mechanical problems, especially in aircraft, are attributed.

Elves, goblins, and trolls seem to be the timeless creations of the distant past, but gremlins were born in the 20th century. In fact, gremlin is first recorded only in the 1920's, as a Royal Air Force term for a low-ranking officer or enlisted man saddled with oppressive assignments. Said to have been invented by members of the Royal Naval Air Service in World War I, gremlin is used in works written in the 1940's for “an imaginary gnomelike creature who causes difficulties in aircraft.”


In a corner of a bedroom is a great big curtain,
Someone lives behind it, but I don't know who;
I think it is a Brownie, but I am not quite certain.
(Nanny isn't certain, too.)

I looked behind the curtain, but he went so quickly -
Brownies never wait to say, "How do you do?"
They wrigle off at once because they're asll so tickly
(Nanny says they're tickly too.)
me breeds...

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