A History of Short Words

From the New York Times Crossword Puzzle

ELF

Sun, 18 Sep '22
2003 Will Ferrell movie
Wed, 3 Aug '22
Certain workshop worker
Tue, 5 Jul '22
Mischievous creature of folklore
Sat, 18 Jun '22
Brownie, e.g.
Sun, 29 May '22
Rivendell resident, in "The Lord of the Rings"
Fri, 8 Apr '22
2003 film in which the title character exclaims "Son of a nutcracker!"
Tue, 15 Feb '22
Figure in a Grimm story
Mon, 14 Feb '22
Helper for Santa
Tue, 1 Feb '22
Pointy-eared toymaker
Wed, 18 Aug '21
Tiny toymaker
Thu, 5 Aug '21
Pole worker
Sun, 25 Jul '21
Little one
Thu, 1 Apr '21
Film in which Will Ferrell wears yellow tights