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ALFEMOE

(ALF-a-moe)
Variations: ALP
This type of parasitic vampire from Iceland is essentially a species of vampire known as an ALP.
Interestingly enough, there is a belief amongst the people of Iceland that if an elderly person and a child fall asleep in the same room, the older person will unintentionally drain the life from the child. Also it is common there for the vampire to be used satirically as a metaphor of the rich draining the lifeblood from the overworked and abused poor.
Source: Meyer, Mythologie der Germanen, 77
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