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Questions tagged [elves]

For questions about to elves, a common trope in fantasy works. Elves are magical creatures from mythology, popularised by JRR Tolkien as an immortal, wise, nature-loving, and beautiful race. Always use in conjunction with the relevant work/universe tag such as [tolkiens-legendarium]

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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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In Lord of the Rings, What is an Elf-Lord?

95% of my knowledge regarding Lord of the Rings comes from reading Science Fiction & Fantasy StackExchange, so I apologize for my ignorance. In many questions, I often see a powerful elf (...
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Who is **not** an Elf-Lord? [closed]

Not more f***ing Elves! - Hugo Dyson While thinking about this recent question asking who is an "Elf-Lord", I realized it would be simpler to say who among the Elves is not a Lord. Nearly every elf ...
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Why don't Elves like Dwarves?

Is there a specific reason that most elves aren't very fond of the dwarves in Tolkien's writings?
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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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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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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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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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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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Why were the Elves so great at archery?

It seems that there is an underlying assumption (I don't know of an explicit quote to confirm) that Elves in Middle-earth are exceptional archers, compared to other races. Am I correct in that ...
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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 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 don'...
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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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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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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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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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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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Why can Arwen decide her mortality?

I want to know what the books say about this. In the movie Arwen gives her necklace (Evenstar) to Aragorn, and he says that she cannot give it away (I am not sure if this could also mean her ...
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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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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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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 I'...
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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 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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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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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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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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Why weren't the Three Rings for the Elven-kings destroyed as well?

At the end of The Return of the King, after the One Ring is destroyed in the fires of Mount Doom, the rings were carried out of Middle-Earth. IIRC it may have been Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf ...
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Can the Elves do magic?

It's mentioned many times throughout Tolkien's work that the Elves (High Elves mostly) are in some way more powerful than Men. We hear many times, for example, that Rivendell and Lórien are mostly ...
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Why is Arwen dying?

This question was inspired by xkcd #1256's Title text and refers specifically to a scene in the movie The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). The exact quote is: ARAGORN: (bows) My ...
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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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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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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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Is there a hidden significance behind the fact Galadriel gave 3 hairs to Gimli instead of one?

I just saw an interesting interpretation of Galadriel's gift to Gimli on Reddit today, I retraced the source of the image to this tumblr post: If you’ve read the Silmarillion, you know who ...
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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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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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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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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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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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I am looking for a fantasy book series about Elves with magic tattoos

I hope my post will be sufficiently detailed. 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 ...
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Are there other types of Elves in Harry Potter?

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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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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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 King of the Vanyar, is at the same time High ...
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Is there more than one species of elf in Tolkien's Legendarium?

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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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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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 ...