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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 ...
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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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What exactly happened to the Noldor?

The Noldor were numerous and powerful, yet by the time of the events of The Lord of the Rings they are few and far between. Why did this once great group of Elves all but vanish by then?
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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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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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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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What does Aguero's tattoo say?

I recently noticed in a local English paper a photo of a football player being stretchered off the pitch. I instantly recognised the tattoo on his arm as Elvish but I didn't know what it said. I tried ...
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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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Is Gandalf an elf?

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, when Gandalf is walking alongside the Elven king Thranduil, I noticed some similarities between the two, like their height and their hair. Gandalf seems too ...
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What are the words of Galadriel at the beginning of the Fellowship?

In the trilogy of the movies, at the very beginning Galadriel says a few words starting with "The World is changed. I feel it..." In the background the words start in Elvish "Yamma presta..." What are ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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 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 of ...
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Elvish tattoo - can it be translated into English?

A cousin of mine recently died in a disastrous accident. Her family discovered a tattoo on her arm, which was completed shortly before. It appears to be written in Elvish (from Lord of the Rings) and ...
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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 Elf'...
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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 (e....
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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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Which dragon did hurt Thranduil? [duplicate]

When Thorin and Thranduil discuss in Mirkwood, Thranduil said: ''Do not talk to me about the dragon fire. I know what's rage and ruin!'', and shows Thorin his destroyed face for a moment, then says: ''...
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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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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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Why do Elves have certain ages if they're immortal? [duplicate]

(I'm only on The Fellowship of the Ring). After seeing The Hobbit trilogy (and reading the book) I noticed that some elves are older than others. How do they age? Why are some older and younger than ...
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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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How does interspecies reproduction work in the Lord of the Rings universe?

So, I know that there is a race in Lord of the Rings of Peredhil (half elf). Also, in the Hobbit (film trilogy, not book), there is a romance between a dwarf and an elf. My question is, how do man/...
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How and why did the Elves sense Sauron's treachery when he put on the One Ring?

This question was borne out of another asking why the Dwarven rings produced greed and not invisibility shown here. Consider the following: Sauron encouraged and assisted the Elves in forging the ...
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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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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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Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men?

Are Tolkien Elves taller or shorter than Men? In general fantasy, elves are frequently smaller than humans. But I seem to recall that in Tolkien they aren't. Based on this SFF.SE comment
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Do Dwarves and Elves have a pancreas?

Or, rather, did Tolkien leave any specific or general notes on anatomical differences between their and Men's skeletal/muscle/organ structure? There is information on some differences such as height, ...
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Are half-elves immediately obvious to other elves?

I'm wondering if in the Lord of the Rings (and others of J. R. R. Tolkien's works) the differences between elves and half-elves were clear enough that an elf meeting an half-elf would be immediately ...
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How do Middle-Earth Elves age (if they age at all)?

This is coming from someone who has only briefly read the books a while ago and mostly remembers the film. Elves are immortal. But they are depicted at different stages of aging. Do they just age up ...
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How much magic did king Thranduil and the elves of Mirkwood possess?

We know that they are not as powerful or as wise as the high Elves of the West. In The Hobbit (book) the wood-elves put a spell on Thorin when they capture him. "Consequently Thorin was angry at ...
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How did Gandalf come to possess one of the Elf rings?

Gandalf wasn't an elf, but rather he was one of a few wizards sent to help Middle Earth. So, how did he end up with one of the Elf Rings? And, why did Frodo not notice it, when he easily noticed ...
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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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Why did Celeborn not go with Galadriel?

Galadriel and Celeborn are a strange couple, that's sure. But is there some reference to the reasons why Celeborn doesn't leave for the Grey Havens (which he will do, sooner or later even if we don't ...
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What are all the ways Elrond and Galadriel are related?

In answering this question, I discovered three relationships between Galadriel and Elrond: Galadriel was first cousin of Elrond’s great-grandfather (Turgon, King of Gondolin). Thus, they are first ...
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Why are elves and humans so much alike?

Why are elves and humans so much alike (physically speaking)? Except for the pointy ears, there are no other major (physical) differences, am I right? Do they have a common ancestor? Or does one of ...
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Is there a community for learning Sindarin?

For years now I try to engage myself in how to learn Quenya or Sindarin. I started with two printed excellent courses, but couldn't motivate myself to keep at it — it is difficult when you are ...
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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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What did Tolkien write regarding Elvish succession?

I was answering this question, which made me curious about the succession rules for the High Kingship of the Noldor. Based on my analysis, it seems as though succession works on a variation of Salic ...
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Are there gender-specific terms for Elves?

In Tolkien's world, "Men" (i.e., humans) are one thing and "Elves" are another. However, within the category of "Men", there are obviously subcategories for each gender (i.e., men and women, or male ...