What exactly are elves in the Anglo-Saxon pagan belief system? Did Anglo-Saxon pagans believe in an afterlife and Hell? I will answer all these questions in this video which is the second part of a 2 part series - I will also show you what their pagan temple at Yeavering looked like, and explain how the elves, orcs, dwarves, land wights and ents of their belief system were all classed as demons after Christianisation.
Music: Chris Zabriskie - various Bark Sound Productions - various Borg - compositions from The Triumph of Spring Kevin McLeod - various Cefin Beorn - Se Freca Ormgård - various Sjhof - Loki’s meditation Stark von Oben - various Myling - Tocken Mauerbrecher - mossgrown path R. Shah - FRTR theme Sir Cubworth - the throne room Khan Kurra - litte dragon Xurious - steppe expansion
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