In Norse mythology, Álfheim ("world of the Elves", "land of the Elves" in Old Norse), Alfheim, Ljösalfheim, or even Lightalfheim designates two distinct places: one of the nine worlds or the home of the Vanir God Freyr.
The dwelling of Freyr
The Poetic Edda (Grímnismál, 5) relates that the gods gave Freyr the gift of Álfheim when he cut his first tooth, according to a custom still alive in Iceland (tann-fé). This version, however, contradicts the myth of the war between Aesir and the Vanir, at the end of which Freyr plays a role, presumably as an adult.
The Realm of the Light Elves
In Snorri's Edda (Gylfaginning, 17), Álfheim, on the other hand, is the residence of the Lights Elves.
Despite the identity of the names, there is no known relationship between Freyr and the Elves.
Alheim in Popular Culture
- In the light novel and anime Sword Art Online, the second part is set in another video game, ALfheim Online, which is a role-playing game whose characters are fairies.
- In the MMORPG Ragnarök Online, a city called Lighthalzen takes its name from this world (which is a derivative of Lighthalfheim).
- In the video game God of War, part of the game takes place in Álfheim.
- In the mobile game Fire Emblem Heroes, the story of book IV takes place in Ljósálfheimr with Peony a light Alf.