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In recent years there has been a rise in the popularity of the Fae in paranormal romance, particularly the Seelie and the Unseelie, but of course, there are many more different creatures of legend that fit the category of the Dark Fae.
The first interesting one I'd like to introduce to you is the Dökkálfar, the dark elves in Norse Mythology (also known as the Dockalfar). These fae, in a manner similar to the Seelie and Unseelie, have a lighter counterpart, known as the Ljósálfar (who are apparently fairer than the sun and seem to be linked somewhat with the anglicized "Angel").
The Dokkalfar however, have a more intimidating appearance, sometimes depicted with red eyes. They are said to dislike daylight, but there is some contention as to whether they lived under ground. There is yet another Norse Fae creature called the Svartálfar which literally means "black elf" and they do apparently live completely under ground. The Dockalfar, it seems, are frequently confused with dwarves and the Svartalfar. However, general concensus indicates that the Dockalfar's skin is dark, but not black. The Dockalfar's abilities are fairly standard as far as mythology goes. They are powerful beings, capable of malevolence but are kind when the mood strikes them. Interestingly enough, legend has it that a human male could be transformed into a Dark Elf after death.
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Having told you all that, the Glaistig can also be quite kind, watching over women's children as they worked.
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Anyway, I hope you found these creatures interesting, I certainly did.
Enjoy your weekend.