The history of Elf began in Germanic Mythology and often referred in folklore. Elves were mainly described in Norse mythology literature that talks mainly on magical powers which helps or hinders humans. The Elf of German was seen as “Addler”. The Norse mythological female elves are characterized as astonishing beautiful girls who live in a forest with an eleven king.
Later in English literature especially in Elizabethan period Elves were described as tiny magical species that are associated with magical powers, nature and fertility. English, Scottish and Scandinavian fairy tales also described female elves entice men with their beauty and dance. They even cause death to men.
Then, in the modern children’s folklore of the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, elves were described as Santa’s helper. The Christmas elf works in the Santa’s toy workshop and takes care of his reindeers. Christmas elf appears in green clad and he has pointed ears. He wears pointed boots. He lives in North Pole.
In the fantasy fiction era, elves were described as a high fantasy character by J.R.R. Tolkien. He created elves that speak elvish language like Quenya and Sindarin.
After Tolkein’s elves, elves in games and fantasy fictions were characterized as intellectual, beautiful as humans. Elves were described as animal lovers, gifted with magical skills and sharper sense.