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Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men?

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This sketch by Colin Williams suggests that elves were half the size of a human. Also they are much more 'alien-like' than Peter Jackson's version.

Are these sketches accurate to Tolkien's idea of the elves?

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    If that sketch is meant to be of a Tolkien Elf it is very very wrong. – dlanod Jul 16 '12 at 1:47
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    Elves are meant to be creatures of great beauty. This is just... not. – Ernest Friedman-Hill Jul 16 '12 at 1:55
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    Mr. Williams sketches are "inspired by the writings" of Tolkein, but so far I don't see much evidence that he uses Tolkein's descriptions to drive his sketches. Both his elves and his hobbits look all wrong. – KutuluMike Jul 16 '12 at 2:20
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    General rule - "inspired by" seems to mean "no relation at all" for most people's work – The Fallen Jul 16 '12 at 4:15
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    Is this like a middle schooler's website or something? These drawings are terrible! – zipquincy Aug 21 '12 at 22:09

No, Elves were at least as tall as Men.

Here's an earlier discussion:

Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men?

There's also a notion that Numenoreans, who were very tall Men, were sometimes confused as Elves by the Men in Middle Earth:


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