- This article refers to the "Drow" of Scottish folklore. To see the fictional elven race from Dungeons & Dragons see Drow (Dungeons & Dragons). For other fictionalizations, see Dark Elves in fiction.
Drow (pronounced either /draʊ/, rhymes with "now", or /droʊ/, rhymes with "throw") is a mythical elf-like creature in Scottish folklore which lived in caves and forged magical metal work.
Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1970) states: "Drow, n., [scot.]." The word is a variant of the Scots term "trow", which itself derives from the Scandinavian word "troll
". The race itself seems based on another dark elf
, specifically the Dökkálfar of Norse mythology