Elf-Arrows

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"Elf arrows" set in silver

Elf-Arrows were arrowheads of flint used in hunting and war by the aborigines of the British Isles and of Europe generally, as they still are among native people elsewhere. Elf-Arrows derived their name from the folklore belief that they were used by the Elves to kill cattle and sometimes human beings in their mischief-joy. Also called 'pixie arrows', according to English folklore.

Elf-Arrows were sometimes worn as amulets, occasionally set in silver, as a charm against witchcraft.

This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainWood, James, ed. (1907). "article name needed". The Nuttall Encyclopædia. London and New York: Frederick Warne.