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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.[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.[1] Also called 'pixie arrows', according to English folklore.[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. ^ Merriam -Webster Dictionary: Elf Arrow
  2. ^ Carrington, C.E. & JAckson, J. Hampden. "A History of England" CUP Archive, 1919. p. 3
  3. ^ Electric Scotland. "Scottish Charms and Amulets" Elf-Arrows