Elissa is a character in book 2 of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen. She is the elder sister of Medina and Perissa, and she represents an extreme of being a total downer, i.e. not enjoying anything at all.
This makes sense when you consider that her name means “too little” or “inferior” in Greek.
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Cite This Article
- Norris Lacy, Geoffrey Ashe, Debra Mancoff – The Arthurian Handbook (Second Edition)
- Alan Lupack – The Oxford Guide to Arthurian Literature and Legend
- Ronan Coghlan – The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Arthurian Legends
- Anonymous – Lancelot-Grail, the French Vulgate
- Sir Thomas Malory – Le Morte d’Arthur