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"Elf arrows" set in silver

Elf-arrows or, in English folklore, pixie arrows,[1] were arrowheads of flint used in hunting and war by the Pre-Indo-European of the British Isles and of Europe generally, as they still are among native people elsewhere.[citation needed] Elf-arrows derived their name from the folklore belief that the arrows fell from the sky, and were used by the elves to kill cattle and inflict elfshot on human beings.[2]

Elf-arrows were sometimes worn as amulets, occasionally set in silver, as a charm against witchcraft.[3]

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

  1. ^ Carrington, C. E. & Jackson, J. Hampden. "A History of England" CUP Archive, 1919. p. 3
  2. ^ Merriam -Webster Dictionary: Elf Arrow
  3. ^ Electric Scotland. "Scottish Charms and Amulets" Elf-Arrows