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In the first part of the stanza, an Elven hoard of treasure is all that is left of Elves after their doom.
In the succeeding stanzas the hoard is found by a dwarf who makes beautiful jewelry and coins until he hoards his treasure work even when he becomes old; he is killed by a dragon who hoards the gold until he becomes old as well; he is killed by a young warrior who becomes an old and greedy king who thinks of nothing but his hoarded treasure, until he is overthrown and killed.