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

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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? [closed]

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 ...
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Help identifying an obscure rendition of Tolkien's Namarie

I found a recording of Tolkien's elvish poem Namarie (aka Galadriel's Lament in Lórien) set to music that I really like, but I can't identify the original artist. It's not from the LotR films and I've ...
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Why are Elves so much lighter than other races [duplicate]

While the fellowship is trying to make for the pass of the Redhorn Gate, during Book 2 Chapter 3, why is it that Legolas seems so much lighter than his companions of other race? Are elves actually ...
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Why do Elves remain in Middle Earth?

Once there are ships that can take them to the Undying Lands, what is the motivation for the Elves to stay in a war-torn, darkened land full of Men and Orcs and other undesirable creatures? We know ...
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What is the origin of elves (and fairies and Vulcans) having pointy ears?

Related: Do Tolkien's elves have pointy ears? and Why do Vulcans have pointed ears? I doubt Tolkien is the origin. How far back in literature or mythology does it go?
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what makes some Elves magically stronger/more powerful than others

Men vary in physical strength. This can be caused by many different factors, putting much effort into physical fitness, being genetically tall and muscular etc. It is usually a combination of ...
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The Half-Elven and their choices

Earendil and Elwing were given the choice of kindreds after their journey to Valinor, This choice was extended to their sons (specifically sons, not daughters or grandchildren) Elrond chose the race ...
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What's the first appearance of Elves capable of shadow-melding in fantasy?

Everyone who has played either Warcraft III or World of Warcraft knows that Night Elves have the magic ability to melt away into the shadows of the night, a power known as shadowmeld. According to the ...
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Was the armour worn by the Numenorean ( Elendili age) and Gondorian Army created by the Elves of Middle earth?

In the Fellowship of the Ring prologue we see the Numenoreans in their signature armor, and then later in LOTR we see Doriathian-type armour from the first age worn by the Gondorians of the third age. ...
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Why could Elrond not delay his one-way voyage to Valinor for a few more years?

We know from LotR that: The Children of Elrond all had the choice to be counted among either Men or Elves. That this Choice needed to be made at the time when Elrond would leave for Valinor - they ...
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Why were the Three Elven Rings subject to Sauron's will?

It is my understanding that Celebrimbor forged the Three Rings of Power, and that Sauron had no part in the creation of those rings. So why is it he was able to control them. I thought that all the ...
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Are there any bad elves in the Lord of the Rings universe?

Is there ever acknowledgement of a bad elf, or even an elf doing a very bad thing (because he is bad)? I've heard that bad elves are orcs and good orcs are elves, or something like that. Similar to ...
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Searching for book about an alien invasion and reappearance of Elves

I am searching for a book or short story about an alien invasion of earth and the reappearance of Elves in the world.
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What does JRR Tolkien say about the Elves (and other non-Human Races) and Free Will?

The Simarillion has the following to say about Men and their specialness: Therefore he willed that the hearts of Men should seek beyond the world and should find no rest therein; but they should ...
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Why is “the time of elves” considered to be over?

From the movie series, it seems obvious that the civilization of Elves, once great and important, is declining. Their numbers keep reducing and they retreat into some remote islands and in general ...
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Is there a sequel after LOTR events? [duplicate]

At the end of the book series, hobbits and elves sail to the east of the middle earth to unknown places and only humans stay in the Middle Earth. What happened next? Where did elves settled down? Were ...
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What happened to elves when they died or lost the will to live?

I understand that the elves want to Valinor when they died. However, sometimes they took boats to Valinor, such as at the end of Lord of the Rings, and other times they died of injury and had no ...
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Why did Arwen have to become mortal to marry Aragorn if they were both half-elven?

I am sure Elrond is half-elven, so Arwen is too. I recall something saying Argorn was half-elven as well. Shouldn't half-elves not have to become mortal to marry each other?
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Who was the oldest Elf left in Middle Earth at the start of the War of the Ring at the end of the third age?

Some of the remaining notable and named Elves' birthdates are either known, or through association can be reasonably guessed at. They are: Galadriel - birthdate YT 1362, Elrond - birthdate FA 532, ...
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Did Arwen actually die?

Appendix A of Lord of the Rings says of Arwen's fate: There at last when the mallorn-leaves were falling, but spring had not yet come, she laid herself to rest upon Cerin Amroth; and there is her ...
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Are there other types of Elves in HP?

In the Harry Potter universe, we obviously know of House-elves. They have their own brand of powerful magic etc. In general I love the thought of Elves as beings, ergo: Is there any mention of other ...
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Finding fantasy works with elves as the sole sapient humanoid species [closed]

I'm looking for works which feature elves as the only sapient humanoid species. Not a multi-species setting where elves are dominant but humans/dwarves/etc still exist, but a setting where intelligent ...
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How old was Lady Arwen, wife of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings? [duplicate]

Lady Arwen is possibly thousands of years old when The Lord of the Rings starts off. But exactly how old was she? What was the age difference between her and Aragorn? Considering the age difference, ...
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Of Half-elven and mortal life

When half-elvens choose mortal life, how would their bodies behave? Half-elven are always elves by nature. Ever since they're born, their physical body and behaviour would be elvish - they have keen ...
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Do Tauriel and Kili find love in The Hobbit? Although Tauriel is not actually in the novel? Does anyone know this out of interest? [duplicate]

There seems to be a love triangle brewing in the Hobbit Story. I have just been to see the second instalment of Peter Jacksons (remarkable) interpretation of The Hobbit and I am intrigued as to where ...
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How do the Elves in LOTR (canon) obtain their food?

It's been asked before what Elves eat, but my question is specifically: where on (Middle) Earth do they get it? I find this to be a significant mystery & potential "hole" in the mythology. I'll ...
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Were ANY of the Elves in Tolkien twins?

Thinking about the idea of Elves having low numbers overall, got me to wondering: as far as Tolkien's writing, could elves ever have twins? As a "yes" answer, I need an example of twins (any of JRRT ...
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Why is Arwen dying?

Inspired by xkcd #1256's Title text : To whoever typed 'why is arwen dying': GOOD. FUCKING. QUESTION. This refers to a scene in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). ...
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Difference between elves and dwarves blacksmithing in the Lord of the Rings

Both the elves and the dwarves were famous for their metal work in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but what is the difference between what they made, and which one had the better skill of making amours ...
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Quenya for “hold” as in “to hold a belief”

Does anyone know if there is any word in Quenya that is well suited for translating “hold” as in “to hold a belief?” The context if “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost: ...
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What is the Elvish Diet?

It seems that a lot of emphasis is given to both the Hobbits and the Dwarves in regards to their diet, but I don't recall much being said about the Elves. (It has been about 15 years since I read LOTR ...
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Why aren't there any recognizable elf children in Middle-Earth?

Why aren't there any recognizable Elf children in Middle-Earth? I don't remember reading about younglings, only adults. Hobbit children, goblin imps and human children are all represented in the LOTR ...
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Are any of the original elves that awoke at Cuiviénen named?

This came up because a friend told me he thought Glorfindel was an "original elf". As far as I know, the earliest mention of Glorfindel is at the Fall Of Gondolin, which is a far cry from Cuiviénen. ...
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Why did Frodo travel with the elves who were leaving Middle Earth?

In the book The Fellowship of the Ring, the elves that Frodo, Pippin, and Sam meet on the road were High Elves leaving Middle Earth by way of the Grey Havens. Yet the Hobbits travel with them for a ...
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Do Tolkien's elves have pointy ears?

I think we all imagine elves with pointy ears – but do they really have pointy ears? (canonical references please)
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Looking for canon Quenya and Sindarin dictionary

Are there any canonical English <-> Elvish dictionaries, that means with no added material? Some Grammar would also be useful.
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Was Legolas a regular elf?

In The Lord of the Rings (both film and book), Legolas shows great skill in a wide variety of ways. He's an excellent fighter, archer, and tracker. He also shows some awareness of magic at times ...
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Do the bearers of the Elven rings know the identity of the other bearers?

I was just wondering if the identity of the owners of the Elven rings was known to the other bearers? In the Lord of the Rings, there is much mention of the identity of the wearers of the Elven rings ...
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Why does Cirdan give Narya to Gandalf instead of Saruman?

In the Lord of the Rings I recall some mention of when Cirdan gives Narya to Gandalf when the Istari arrive in Middle Earth. I think it is in the appendices but I cannot recall exactly, but I remember ...
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Did the Valar fight in the War of Wrath?

I just finished reading The Silmarillion (prior to this, I'd read The Hobbit once and The Lord of the Rings a couple of times), but something bothered me about the ending: did the Valar themselves ...
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Do male elves have long or short hair?

I've noticed that almost every fan drawing of elves (as well as their portrayals in the movies) show them with long hair, both the men and the women. But did Tolkien ever write anything that proved ...