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According to Norse Mythology, the Elves were inhabitants of Aelfar, which was ruled by Freyr. They were given to Freyr in payment for losing a tooth, as referenced by one of the Eddas. Other than a couple of names of leaders, there isn't much actual Norse mythology built around the elves, much of that came later. The dwarves were said to be formed from ...
Malekith is not from Male but Maleficum = Crime, something bad and Kith means friendship, relation also knowledge. Malekith is a man related to crime. A bad friend. And this is what he does, he sacrifices his friend and his whole race.
This is a (misattributed, according to Wiki) George S. Patton quote: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall fear no evil, because I am the meanest son-of-a-bitch in the valley. (This was a widely published anonymous derivative of Psalm 23 which arose in the early 1970s on wall-posters, plaques and t-shirts, with an ...
It's actually called: "Shock Horror". It has been credited to Dick Walter: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0910011 I stated in a comment that it had been used during wartime (BBC/ABC/NBC) as a danger signal, much as the first couple of bars of Beethoven 5th "(morse code) V for victory" music however this was mistaken.
Here's a book from 1945: The pilot was either very brave or very stupid http://books.google.ie/books?id=TvsDAAAAYAAJ&q=%22very+brave+or+very+stupid%22&dq=%22very+brave+or+very+stupid%22&hl=ga&sa=X&ei=9Y68U9bSNoWI7AbZgYHoCQ&redir_esc=y Experiment with Google n-gram viewer to find other/closer versions of the quote.
I think The Sea Hawk (1940) might qualify as an origin, at least in film. You were very brave, trying to take this ship single-handed. Thank you, sir. Brave but stupid. Source I would venture to guess that something very similar was written in a book long before.
In my language (Italian, which is probably the closest to Latin) Malekith sounds like evil, and there is no other possible meaning. Another example: in the old TV series Ghostbusters, the villain Prime Evil has been translated as Malefix, which sounds very similar to Malekith.
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