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Dwarf
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1. Legends, fairy tales, and popular culture

The term “dwarf” (German Zwerg, French nain) in the early modern period denoted a mythological figure generally described as small, ugly, gray, and deformed, and said to possess magical powers (cf. Magic; Sorcery). It found its way into German fairy tales [6. 377], and dwarf figures were also known from ancient mythology [3]. These small beings were known by a variety of names in Germanic sources (e.g. Zwerg, QuergErdmännchenWichtelKobold). I…

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Froeßl, Felicitas, “Dwarf”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 19 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_030935>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170626



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