A common trope in fantasy works. Elves are magical creatures from mythology, but popularised by JRR Tolkien as a immortal, wise, nature-loving and beautiful race.

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How much of the lore of Elves had Tolkien established before he wrote The Hobbit? [duplicate]

As we know, Tolkien developed an extensive history and lore for Middle-Earth over his lifetime. How much of this lore had he established by the time he wrote The Hobbit?
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What are “Elves” and why are they so different from other races? [closed]

Right now I am reading "The Hobbit" and I don't understand why elves are so important. I know they are strong and fast, but why are they? Is it their body type or just 'cause? Thanks for answering ...
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At Elrond's Council, why were the Elves so worried about being cut off from Grey Havens?

Just re-reading the LotR for the umpteenth time (stopped counting at 30, some 15-20 years ago... :-P), just finished Elrond's council chapter. In light of various other discussions on the topic of ...
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Could Arwen have married Aragon without giving up her immortality? [duplicate]

I just completed reading the lotr books for the 3rd time a couple of weeks back and this entire issue with Arwen and her immortality is bugging me way more than it should! I feel like I really need to ...
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How does an Elf lose the will to live?

Elves are immortal while living in enchanted realms being at peace and living in harmony, though some cases are tragic: Luthien: Died for Love for Beren Miriel: Died giving Birth to Feanor Would ...
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What happened to the elves who were slain before the end of the Great Journey?

When an elf dies, his "fëa" (soul) leaves the "hröa" (body) and is summoned to Mandos, in Aman. Frome there he may return to life after some time. It's reasonable to think that before Vanyar and ...
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What are all the ways Elrond and Galadriel are related?

In answering this question, I discovered three relationships between Galadriel and Elrond: Galadriel was first cousin of Elrond’s great-grandfather (Turgon, King of Gondolin). Thus, they are first ...
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How could Fëanor have hoped to defeat Morgoth?

How could Fëanor have hoped to defeat Morgoth? Even though Fingolfin managed to hurt Morgoth, he basically had no chance. Also he was just fighting Morgoth in a duel, while Fëanor would have had to ...
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Do Dwarves and Elves have a pancreas?

Or, rather, did Tolkien leave any specific or general notes on anatomical differences between their and Men's skeletal/muscle/organ structure? There is information on some differences such as height, ...
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Why do elves always go extinct? [closed]

First thing to say is, that it's not just about LotR. In most stories about fantasy worlds, with elves or similar superior species, there are different ages. Something like the dark ages (gods, ...
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Do Tolkien elves know how to swim?

Since Tolkien elves seem to live primarily in deep, land-locked forests, it seems like they might not know how to swim. Or at least, strong swimming skills would not be common in their culture. Is ...
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How does interspecies reproduction work in the Lord of the Rings universe?

So, I know that there is a race in Lord of the Rings of Peredhil (half elf). Also, in the Hobbit (film trilogy, not book), there is a romance between a dwarf and an elf. My question is, how do ...
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Looking for a novel about a painting that is a portal to a land with faries,

Novel has a painting that is a portal to another land with faries, main character is a wizard's daughter. Book is written by a woman. Story has an avoidance spell, an imprisoned queen farie, main ...
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Why did Elwing abandon her children, Elrond and Elros?

When Maedhros and Maglor learned of a Silmaril in Elwing's possesion, they attacked the Mouth of Sirion and killed everyone but Elrond and Elros. Elwing had jumped into the sea and rejoined her ...
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I am trying to identify an animated fantasy film from the late 1970s or early 1980s in which:

A boy goes hunting for the 1st time with his father & the men of his village in the forest. He becomes separated, and fairies or elves take him into their realm, where he helps them fight some ...
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Are the Elves Aware that Gandalf (Etc.) Are Maiar? [duplicate]

I was inspired to ask this question by Why was Gandalf the Gray so underestimated? [closed] Basically, are they aware that they are basically godlike beings of immense power and wisdom on a mission ...
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Is there more than 1 species of elf in the Hobbit/LOTR saga?

I recall that in the Hobbit, the company of Dwarves was captured by Wood Elves. I don't remember if LOTR mentioned elves in any other way than Elves. Is there more than a single type of Elf in the ...
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Was Galadriel ever jealous of Arwen's beauty? [closed]

Is there anything in the books or movies which seem to indicate that Galadriel was jealous of Arwen's beauty? Especially since Galadriel is extremely prideful of her beauty? Like in I am ...
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Do all elven blades glow blue in the presence of orcs?

There have been a couple of questions that I believe are related to this one, for example this one that asks why Sting glowed blue in the presence of orcs, and this one about the origins of Sting ...
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Are there any sample of elvish-like civilization being in their prime time [closed]

In a lot of SF and Fantasy work, there is a civilization being elven archetype. I mean, civilization being in their fall, once powerful and full of magic or technology or sometimes both, now dying ...
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Which dragon did hurt Thranduil? [duplicate]

When Thorin and Thranduil discuss in Mirkwood, Thranduil said: ''Do not talk to me about the dragon fire. I know what's rage and ruin!'', and shows Thorin his destroyed face for a moment, then says: ...
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Are there gender-specific terms for Elves?

In Tolkien's world, "Men" (i.e., humans) are one thing and "Elves" are another. However, within the category of "Men", there are obviously subcategories for each gender (i.e., men and women, or male ...
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Did Sauron and Finrod Felagund really get into a singing fight?

In The Silmarillion, in the chapter "Of Beren and Lúthien", we read of what can only be called a singing fight, at least if we take the account at face value. I won't repeat it in its entirety, but ...
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Is there any evidence to support the popular belief that Elves prefer bows to other weapons?

Judging by the LotR movies, and even by Legolas' actions in the books of The Lord of the Rings, it seems that Elves use bows and arrows far more often than any other weapons. But in The Silmarillion, ...
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Are there handicapped Elves?

In The Silmarillion, we read about Maedhros, whose hand was amputated in order to free him from the manacle which had kept him suspended from the mountain called Thangorodrim. The hand never grew ...
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Do the Tolkien elves need to eat to survive?

On the one hand, they are physically very similar to humans, and the only crucial difference is that they don't age or fall ill. This, as well as frequent mention of food being eaten by elves, gives ...
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What does the Elvish word “Ai!” mean?

In the chapter titled "The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm", in The Fellowship of the Ring, Legolas is the first member of the Fellowship to see the Balrog known as "Durin's Bane". He proceeds to alert the ...
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In Tolkien's world, are the Vanyar considered to be greater than the Noldor?

I often read so, but couldn't find a specific quote. So did Tolkien say that or is this a generalization or assumption I am making? I know that Ingwë, the Vanyar king, is at the same time king of all ...
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Why did it take the Valar years to realize that the Elves had awoken?

In The Silmarillion, we are told that Morgoth was the first to realize that the Elves were awake, and that Elves who wandered alone or in small groups occasionally disappeared, and that this went on ...
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Does any of The Hobbit's negative impression of Wood Elves survive in Tolkien's other writing?

In The Lord of the Rings, the only Wood Elf we get to know is Legolas, who is obviously awesome. But in The Hobbit, the image we get of Wood Elves is far less positive. We are told that they "are ...
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Why don't elves have more babies?

Is there a particular reason the elves die off so fast? After the first war against Sauron, I recall the elves being decimated, to the point that they're almost useless army wise in the trilogy. But ...
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Was Elrond always supposed to be an Elf?

This passage in The Hobbit puzzled me: The master of [Rivendell] was an elf-friend... He was as noble and as fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a ...
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How much Elven ancestry does Aragorn have?

I know Aragorn is descended from Elros the half-Elf, and from what I've been able to find, there are somewhere between 64 and 99 generations separating Elros from Aragorn. I can't do the math, I ...
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1990s fantasy novel with humans turning into elves. Main character loses a leg which regenerates

Back in the 1990's I borrowed a series from someone. The series was about elves and humans who transformed into elves. One specific character had lost a leg and when he transformed, his leg grew back. ...
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Do Peredhil lose their pointed ears when they choose to be counted as Edain?

Reading Do Tolkien's Elves have pointy ears? got me thinking: Elrond and Elros were born Peredhil, and given the choice whether to belong to the Eldar or the Edain. In choosing, does their ...
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Do Tolkien's works describe either Galadriel or Arwen as being more beautiful than the other?

If I recall correctly, both Arwen and Galadriel are described as being the fairest women in Middle-earth. Since I am not interested in an opinion based answer, I am instead asking for a side by side ...
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What places were important to the Elves in the First Age?

Can anybody explain about the different realms of the Noldor (such as Gondolin) as well as other Elven places (like Doriath) in times before the War of Wrath? Also, a mention of the different things ...
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In Lord of the Rings, What is an Elf-Lord?

95% of my knowledge regarding Lord of the Rings comes from reading Sci-Fi/Fantasy SE, so I apologize for my ignorance. In many questions, I often see a powerful elf (Glorfindel, Elrond, Galadriel, ...
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What did Tolkien write regarding Elvish succession?

I was answering this question, which made me curious about the succession rules for the High Kingship of the Noldor. Based on my analysis, it seems as though succession works on a variation of Salic ...
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What is Elrond's position/status, as compared to Galadriel's?

In the Lord of the Rings books, Galadriel of Lorien is even more exalted than in the movies. She is essentially a queen, and the deference shown to her far exceeds that shown to Elrond of Rivendell. ...
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Are the Sindar Gray-elves immortal?

In Lord of the Rings, there are High Elves and Sindar, or Gray-elves. It is my understanding that the High Elves can go to the Undying Lands and are immortal. In the Letters of J.R. Tolkien, it says ...
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Tolkien: Is there any incidence of a romance between a dwarf and a man/woman? [duplicate]

Following up this question about love between Dwarfes and Elves (What inspired Tauriel's story arc?), I wondered whether there is any incidence of a romance between a dwarf and a man/woman? The ...
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Who has the right/authority to declare somebody as elf-friend

List of people who have been deemed as Elf-friends by the Elves. http://lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Elf_friends Different people have been named as Elf-friends for different reasons. Do all the ...
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Why didn't the elves stop Sauron from giving out the 16 rings of power?

It is said that the elves became aware of Sauron's deceit when he tried to use the One Ring on them. So they would obviously have guessed that the bearers of the other 16 rings would be vulnerable as ...
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Was Thranduil really a poor battle tactician? [duplicate]

In the movie The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, I was struck by the sheer "stupidity" of this scene (at about 1:05 - 1:12 time) from the perspective of battle tactics: ...
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Why did the Elvish Rings of Power lose their power? [duplicate]

The wiki for Nenya says of the 3 elvish rings, Their existence was hidden from Sauron, so they were untouched by his evil. It also says, After the destruction of the One Ring and the defeat ...
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Did all of the Elves leave Middle Earth after the defeat of Sauron?

In both the books and movies of The Lord of the Rings the elves go to the West. However it says nothing of the Mirkwood Elves heading to go West, nor does it say anything about them having any plans ...
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What's the Original example of the common fantastical trope of Dwarf vs Elf?

Related this another recent question What's the original fictional (including) mythological example of Elves and Dwarves being set up as rival races? Is this a trope that first made it's appearance ...
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Neo-Khuzdul in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies?

I'm interested to know what all the Khuzdul (and languages other than the Common Speech) spoken in the third movie of The Hobbit means, as well as written out so the spelling is seen. I'd like the ...
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Why do the dwarves and elves hate each other?

In nearly every single medieval story Elves and Dwarves hate each other, or at least are very unfriendly towards each other. As I have read, watched and played many a lore of the medieval genre it ...