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Re: Elf-arrows and Shakespeare

Poster: "Xavier de Lyon" <XavierDeLyon@mindspring.com>

The flint arrow heads were also called "celts" pronounced with the "c" being
an "s" sound instead of a "k".  I'm not sure however whether if this is a
period or modern term.
If I remember right there was a mythology about them being caused by
lightning strikes.
(source page two of european arms and armour by Ashdown)

Flint weapons are a very natural weapon in england. In northern england and
scotland I've seen flint used as a building material for entire churches and
roads it was so plentiful in areas.

>Poster: Scott Cozad <mystic@beast.toad.net>
> There is a term in Old Nosre Alfskot.  It means Elf Shot.  I know
>of a few magical techniques to protect cattle and other animals from tis
>ElfShot.  It was used in a sort of magical warfare.  I havenever seen the
>term used in the British Isles.  I think there are also refernces to it in
>Germany and related places.  Most of the reference I've ever seen come out
>of Scandinavia.  If I remember right the Sami(Lapps) were very good at
>using it.  If anyone is interested please contact me and I'll try and get
>back to you soon.  I'm getting ready for a big demo in March.  So if I
>don't get back to you right away, sorry.
>On Mon, 25 Jan 1999, Gene Bonar wrote:
>> Greetings Rosettes,
>> First, my "Forgotten English", word-a-day calendar says that the term
>> elf-arrow was given in the British Isles to the ancient flint arrow-heads
>> still often found.  Also arrow-heads of the Neolithic period ... At one
>> they were supposed to be shot by elves at people and cattle out malice or
>> revenge.  Cool huh!

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