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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 physical appearance change accordingly? In other words: did Elros or Arwen keep their pointy ears?

Or are Peredhil an exception and don't have pointy ears in the first place? (which would make all depictions of Elrond and Arwen I have ever seen faulty.)

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Tolkien doesn't seem to have regarded pointed ears as being a specifically Elvish trait. After all, Hobbits have them, and they are explicitly described as more closely related to Men than to Elves. So it wouldn't necessarily be contradictory for Elros to be Edain and still have pointed ears.

  • Where are we told that hobbits have pointy ears? – Matt Gutting May 24 '15 at 10:27
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    In Letter 27: Tolkien says Hobbits have "a round, jovial face; [with] ears only slightly pointed and ‘elvish.’" – Daniel Roseman May 24 '15 at 11:09

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