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Why does Glorfindel have a saddle?

In FotR I, ch. XII, Glorfindel mentions his saddle: 'You shall ride my horse,' said Glorfindel. 'I will shorten the stirrups up to the saddle-skins, and you must sit as tight as you can. Later in ...
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Danish fantasy book with a small travelling man and a warrior named Mira who meets a minotaur

I read this book around 15 years ago, in Danish (possibly by a Danish author, but maybe just a translation). It might be a single book or a series. It is a fantasy book, following several character ...
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Did Orcs retain any features of elves?

From the LotR.Fandom article on Orcs: Before Oromë first found the Elves at Cuiviénen, Melkor kidnapped some of them and cruelly tortured them, twisting them into the first Orcs. From the LotR....
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Were elves inspired from Celtic/Irish mythology or Germanic mythology? [closed]

Celtic mythology has the Tuatha Dé Danann, druids, Arthurian legends, Camelot and Summer Isles of the Divine, things associated with wood elves. Germanic mythology has light elves (Ljósálfar) who ...
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Are there dark elves or lone elf warriors in LOTR?

In the books, an orc in the tower of Cirith Ungol (after the Battle of Cirith Ungol) runs into Samwise while he's wearing The Ring. The orc, Snaga, thinks it's a "Great Elf-Warrior" but it'...
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Who was the last Elf born in the Middle-earth?

We have questions about who was the last Elf in Middle-earth and about Elvish children. This is about the continuity of family trees. The family trees seems very well established. It appears as if all ...
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Why are the Elves always shown as having thoughts about leaving this world for some utopia rather than reveling in their life on Earth? [closed]

Is this trope there to reinforce the belief that Elves are a superior race, come from somewhere else and they don't have the vigour and childish imagination of the more mundane races to find peace in ...
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What was the inspiration for the diminishing of the elves, and separation of their realm from the world?

An important theme in Tolkien lore is the separation of Valinor from Middle-earth, and the subsequent diminishing of the Elves. In more recent novels, these themes appear again, for example, in The ...
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Are Peter Jackson's Elves vegetarian?

In Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, we see an Elven table set with only plant food. "Where's the meat?" Tolkien's Elves apparently aren't ...
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Fantasy novel involving a mall security officer who prevents a man from blowing up the mall with a dead man's switch

You would think that a fantasy novel with a main character who is a mall security guard would be easier for me to find. Due to another question I answered recently, I wound up on the TV Tropes page ...
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When would the Undying Lands become over-populated?

The Undying Lands were a realm inhabited by Ainur and the Elves. The Ainur are effectively gods, who never die. The Elves are naturally immortal, and never die of old age. However they can have ...
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What happened to the Elvish domains after their departure to Aman?

After the defeat of Sauron, elves continued to leave Middle Earth for Valinor. I know the process was gradual and some chose not to leave, but what became of their realms? These answers explain the ...
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Who was the last elf in Middle-earth?

The elves left Middle-earth for the Undying Lands after Frodo destroyed the One Ring. Who was the last elf in Middle-earth? Was it Arwen, who remained behind for love of Aragorn, until she died of ...
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What is the earliest instance of "Dark Elves" in modern Fantasy?

In many different modern fantasy settings, Dark Elves as a race share some common traits, and can be considered to be an archetype of sorts from which each setting adapt some features to better fit in ...
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Novel about a woman who is transformed into an elf

So this is going to be very vague for which I apologise. At least 10 years ago I read a sci-fi/fantasy hybrid novel in a library about a woman (she possibly lived in a junkyard or tinkered with broken ...
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What is the earliest example of enmity between dwarfs and elves? [duplicate]

Throughout fantasy literature there exists enmity between dwarfs and elves, depending on the author it can range from distrust, through to outright racial hatred and war. Where have these historic ...
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Book about elves with tattoos associated with magic

The book I'm trying to find I read a few years ago. As far as I can remember, there's an elf who has tattoos somehow attached to his magic. I remember a piece of the book where the other main ...
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90's graphic novel, contains elves addicted to magic/dreaming

I've for some time now been trying to track down a graphic novel published most likely in the 90's as I read it in the mid to late nighties in my school library. From what I remember, the main ...
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How do I learn the Quenya Dialect? [duplicate]

Quenya, the popular Elvish language is used in all The Lord of the Rings books and movies and appears very beautiful due to its flowing letters and has a charismatic visual appeal. How would I go ...
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How tall are Tolkien's elves? [duplicate]

Is there any section in Tolkien's works which gives the size of an elf? They are mentioned as 'tall' compared to a human (IIRC) so could an average one be six foot six inches?
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Where did the Noldor learn to fight?

Melkor had no reason to suspect that Fëanor or his kin would have any ability as warriors: It may be that he feared him little, for he had as yet no proof of the swords of the Noldor And yet, ...
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Book about a girl who learns she is half Elf, half Human

I started reading a fantasy book about 3-4 months ago and for the life of me I can't locate the book in my Kindle or Audible library. The story is about traveling party of 4-5 characters. One was a ...
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Name of an elvish/fairy book series with a blondish girl in feathered armor on the cover?

It was a book series that isn't super old, about an Elf King and the girl that falls in love with him. I'm pretty sure her armor on one of the later books is gold.
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Why isn’t Middle-earth filled with elves? [duplicate]

We know Elves do procreate and have children. We know they do have sex. Immortal beings with normal reproduction would fill Middle-earth if left unchecked (like rabbits). We see Elrond with 3 ...
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What is the Correct plural for 'Dark elf'

I recently read the Legend of Drizzt trilogy and am rather confused with the plural for 'Dark elf', as multiple times in the books they are referred to as Drow, Drow elves or Dark elves. Is There A ...
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Why do the Elves not have more offspring? [duplicate]

Elves in Tolkien's legendarium are a very, very long-lived race, essentially immortal. But, yet, they don't seem to have a lot of offspring. When looking at the family trees of some of the well known ...
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Are Warcraft elves descended from humans?

I've heard somewhere that Elves were once humans, who happened to settle around a magical well, and this well twisted and mutated them into magical beings with immense power capable of controlling ...
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Fantasy book about elves and spiders I read when a teen

Ok, so there was this book (it was actually a series) about elves, humans, and evil spiders, but I cannot for the life of me remember the title. I do however remember one scene in particular in which ...
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Books about dragons and war from a cat-loving author

I remember reading a series consisting of three books a few years ago, maybe around 2010. The series was pretty new when I was reading it. It was set in your typical medieval fantasy world where magic ...
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Did Tolkien designate any elf as the most powerful warrior of his kind?

In the narration of Dagor Dagorath, Tolkien prophesies that when Melkor is released at the end of the world there will be an encounter in Valinor of Tulkas, Eönwe and Túrin Turambar to oppose him. ...
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Is Elrond Only Half-Elvish? [duplicate]

In The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, Rivendell, a city of elves, is ruled by Elrond. The party of adventurers are waylaid there until Midsummers Eve, but I noticed a small passage about Elrond. The master ...
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What's the longest elven family tree we know of?

Tolkien was big on family trees, we know the names of the kings of Numenor all the way down through Gondor and Arnor up to Aragorn. But what was the longest tree we have of elves? I'm trying to find ...
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What kind of buildings do the wood elves of Mirkwood live in?

Thranduil lives in Halls under the mountain, in halls built with the aid of the Dwarves. But do the rest of his people live in the mountain with him, or do they live outside in the wood? From ...
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Fantasy book series with a male human protagonist and elves with magic tattoos

I am looking for a fantasy book series about Elves that I read years ago. The main character is human and he falls in love with an Elven girl. The details that I can remember: There is a war in the ...
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Fantasy book about a boy who is a hybrid of angel (or elf) and human

The book is about a boy who comes to realize that his father is a dark angel/elf who used his mother to get a new elf/angel into the world. When he grew up, he was taken by a certain elf/angel, named ...
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Where did Thranduil buy his wine from?

The Wood-Elves of Mirkwood apparently drink a lot of wine and the people of Laketown are providing them with it, hence the returning of the barrels via the river. However, the people of Laketown are ...
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What were Círdan's origins?

Círdan is first introduced as a shipwright and Lord of Falas. He is known to have been important in the First Age because of the aid his ships brought. But the realm of Nargothrond extended also ...
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Which Elves chose to return to Middle-earth after being reincarnated?

According to Tolkien, Elves who die are called to the Halls of Mandos. If they answer the call they are, after a time, usually given an opportunity to be reincarnated into an identical body. We know ...
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What happened to the first 3 Elves to wake at Cuiviénen?

Imin, Tata, and Enel were the first Elves to awake in the Cuivienyarna. They were called the 'elf-fathers' as they later awoke all the other Elves at the bay of Cuiviénen. And so it was that the ...
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Is it possible for other half-elves (besides Earendil, Elwing and their descendants) to be presented with the choice of immortality? [duplicate]

I know that through Earendil's line that exception was granted to him and his family. However, I wonder if it is possible for some of the other half-elves to be presented with that similar option. ...
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Did the Elves have ceremonies or traditions for dealing with death?

Given when an Elf dies, their spirit returns to the halls of Mandos. What was the Elven tradition when it came to bodily death? Did they have graveyards? Cremations?
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Which Elves are the men of Bree familiar with?

The Men of Bree were brown-haired, broad, and rather short, cheerful and independent: they belonged to nobody but themselves; but they were more friendly and familiar with Hobbits, Dwarves, Elves, and ...
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In the absence of the Doom of the Noldor, would Feanor and co. have had a chance against Morgoth? [closed]

This is something that just occurred to me recently - I had always assumed not, but I realized the key quote might not mean what I thought it meant. Vala he is, thou saist. Then thou hast sworn in ...
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What became of Lenwë and the Nandor who stayed with him?

Then one arose in the host of Olwë, which was ever the hindmost on the road; Lenwë he was called. He forsook the westward march, and led away a numerous people, southwards down the great river, and ...
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Did the Elves do mathematics?

The Elves had quite a lot of time to do what interested them. They liked the stars, which is (among mortals) a good starting point for geometry. It is also said about the Noldor, that they always ...
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First contact between Oromë and the Elves

Do we have any information (in The History of Middle-earth or other writings) about the initial encounter of Oromë and the Elves after the Awakening, besides the short-spoken description of The ...
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How did Círdan have a beard?

While reading this answer, I saw that it says: In the Unfinished Tales Christopher Tolkien states that: In a note written in December 1972 or later, and among the last writings of my father’s on the ...
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Can the Elves and Hobbits in Tolkien's Legendarium grow facial hair?

I recently re-watched the Lord of the Rings movies with my kids and noticed something, I don't think any of the Elves or the Hobbits had any type of facial hair or beards. I also couldn't think of any ...
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Does a Dwelf, Dwarf / Elf hybrid ever appear in any Fantasy, besides D&D?

In the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing games there exists the Dwelf, which is a hybrid between Dwarf and Elf. The Hobbit movie franchise shows a romance between the dwarf Kili and the elf Tauriel....
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What factors affect Elves starving?

In The Children of Húrin, it is said that Beleg sickened nearly to death when he was starved of food and water for two days. It is said that Maedhros survived for a long time (probably) without food. ...
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