Mr Sidney Lee suggests that Robin was a forest elf so called because elves wore hoods (see Dict.
His work on The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns and Fairies, left in MS. and incomplete (the remainder is in the Laing MSS., Edinburgh University library), was published (a hundred copies) in 1815 by Sir Walter Scott, and in the Bibliotheque de Carabas (Lang) there is a French translation.
More important than these from a religious point of view were the elves (O.N.
The second part of the story concerns VOlundr, lord of the elves, the cunning smith, who, after learning his art from Mime, then from the dwarfs, came to the court of King NIN19r, and there defeated in fight the smith Amilias.
Below the small band of Teutonic divinities were the elves of forest and field, the water-elves or nixes and spirits of house and home.