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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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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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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 ...
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Tolkien's elves and pets

Tolkien's elves have better communication with animals than humans (like riding horses without needing a bridle or other control device) but is there any indication they keep pets?
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Multiple implementations - Relations among elves

Is there any definitive canon relating to various races of Elves, and how they treat each other or is it pretty much up to each individual author as to how various races/subraces of Elves get along? ...
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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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How long can elves go without sleeping?

Elves sleep, not just in The Hobbit, but also in LoTR and in The Silmarillion, but it seems they can go without much longer than, for example, dwarves. When Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli were pursuing ...
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Tolkien's history of Elves singing and Ents walking and talking

Background Gandalf, when prompting Théoden to get him to understand from his memory who might have brought the forest to fight the Orcs at Helm's Deep, states (bold added): It is not wizardry, but ...
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Did Sauron and Finrod Felagund really get into a singing fight?

In The Silmarillion, in the chapter "Of Beren and Lúthien", we read of what can only be called a singing fight, at least if we take the account at face value. I won't repeat it in its entirety, but ...
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How could Fëanor have hoped to defeat Morgoth?

How could Fëanor have hoped to defeat Morgoth? Even though Fingolfin managed to hurt Morgoth, he basically had no chance. Also he was just fighting Morgoth in a duel, while Fëanor would have had to ...
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Are there any bad elves in the Lord of the Rings universe?

Is there ever acknowledgement of a bad elf, or even an elf doing a very bad thing (because he is bad)? I've heard that bad elves are orcs and good orcs are elves, or something like that. Similar to ...
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I am trying to identify an animated fantasy film from the late 1970s or early 1980s in which:

A boy goes hunting for the 1st time with his father & the men of his village in the forest. He becomes separated, and fairies or elves take him into their realm, where he helps them fight some ...
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Help identifying an obscure rendition of Tolkien's Namarie

I found a recording of Tolkien's elvish poem Namarie (aka Galadriel's Lament in Lórien) set to music that I really like, but I can't identify the original artist. It's not from the LotR films and I've ...
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Could Arwen have married Aragon without giving up her immortality? [duplicate]

I just completed reading the lotr books for the 3rd time a couple of weeks back and this entire issue with Arwen and her immortality is bugging me way more than it should! I feel like I really need to ...
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At Elrond's Council, why were the Elves so worried about being cut off from Grey Havens?

Just re-reading the LotR for the umpteenth time (stopped counting at 30, some 15-20 years ago... :-P), just finished Elrond's council chapter. In light of various other discussions on the topic of ...
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How does an Elf lose the will to live?

Elves are immortal while living in enchanted realms being at peace and living in harmony, though some cases are tragic: Luthien: Died for Love for Beren Miriel: Died giving Birth to Feanor Would an ...
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What happened to the elves who were slain before the end of the Great Journey?

When an elf dies, his "fëa" (soul) leaves the "hröa" (body) and is summoned to Mandos, in Aman. Frome there he may return to life after some time. It's reasonable to think that before Vanyar and ...
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Why do the dwarves and elves hate each other?

In nearly every single medieval story Elves and Dwarves hate each other, or at least are very unfriendly towards each other. As I have read, watched and played many a lore of the medieval genre it ...
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Why do elves always go extinct? [closed]

First thing to say is, that it's not just about LotR. In most stories about fantasy worlds, with elves or similar superior species, there are different ages. Something like the dark ages (gods, ...
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Why didn't the elves stop Sauron from giving out the 16 rings of power?

It is said that the elves became aware of Sauron's deceit when he tried to use the One Ring on them. So they would obviously have guessed that the bearers of the other 16 rings would be vulnerable as ...
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Are there handicapped Elves?

In The Silmarillion, we read about Maedhros, whose hand was amputated in order to free him from the manacle which had kept him suspended from the mountain called Thangorodrim. The hand never grew ...
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Do Tolkien's elves have pointy ears?

I think we all imagine elves with pointy ears – but do they really have pointy ears? (canonical references please)
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Looking for a novel about a painting that is a portal to a land with faries,

Novel has a painting that is a portal to another land with faries, main character is a wizard's daughter. Book is written by a woman. Story has an avoidance spell, an imprisoned queen farie, main ...
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Why did Elwing abandon her children, Elrond and Elros?

When Maedhros and Maglor learned of a Silmaril in Elwing's possesion, they attacked the Mouth of Sirion and killed everyone but Elrond and Elros. Elwing had jumped into the sea and rejoined her ...
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Were ANY of the Elves in Tolkien twins?

Thinking about the idea of Elves having low numbers overall, got me to wondering: as far as Tolkien's writing, could elves ever have twins? As a "yes" answer, I need an example of twins (any of JRRT ...
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Are the Elves Aware that Gandalf (Etc.) Are Maiar? [duplicate]

I was inspired to ask this question by Why was Gandalf the Gray so underestimated? [closed] Basically, are they aware that they are basically godlike beings of immense power and wisdom on a mission ...
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What happens to an elf in Lord of the Rings who dies twice?

An Elf who dies (whether they are in Valinor or Middle-Earth) goes to the halls of Mandos. After a certain time (to be determined by Mandos, its different for each case) they are returned to life in ...
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Was Galadriel ever jealous of Arwen's beauty? [closed]

Is there anything in the books or movies which seem to indicate that Galadriel was jealous of Arwen's beauty? Especially since Galadriel is extremely prideful of her beauty? Like in I am beautiful ...
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Why did it take the Valar years to realize that the Elves had awoken?

In The Silmarillion, we are told that Morgoth was the first to realize that the Elves were awake, and that Elves who wandered alone or in small groups occasionally disappeared, and that this went on ...
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Are there any sample of elvish-like civilization being in their prime time [closed]

In a lot of SF and Fantasy work, there is a civilization being elven archetype. I mean, civilization being in their fall, once powerful and full of magic or technology or sometimes both, now dying out....
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Do the Tolkien elves need to eat to survive?

On the one hand, they are physically very similar to humans, and the only crucial difference is that they don't age or fall ill. This, as well as frequent mention of food being eaten by elves, gives ...
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Is there any evidence to support the popular belief that Elves prefer bows to other weapons?

Judging by the LotR movies, and even by Legolas' actions in the books of The Lord of the Rings, it seems that Elves use bows and arrows far more often than any other weapons. But in The Silmarillion, ...
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What does the Elvish word “Ai!” mean?

In the chapter titled "The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm", in The Fellowship of the Ring, Legolas is the first member of the Fellowship to see the Balrog known as "Durin's Bane". He proceeds to alert the ...
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Was Elrond always supposed to be an Elf?

This passage in The Hobbit puzzled me: The master of [Rivendell] was an elf-friend... He was as noble and as fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king ...
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What's the first appearance of Elves capable of shadow-melding in fantasy?

Everyone who has played either Warcraft III or World of Warcraft knows that Night Elves have the magic ability to melt away into the shadows of the night, a power known as shadowmeld. According to the ...
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Do Tolkien's works describe either Galadriel or Arwen as being more beautiful than the other?

If I recall correctly, both Arwen and Galadriel are described as being the fairest women in Middle-earth. Since I am not interested in an opinion based answer, I am instead asking for a side by side ...
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Do Peredhil lose their pointed ears when they choose to be counted as Edain?

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 ...
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What places were important to the Elves in the First Age?

Can anybody explain about the different realms of the Noldor (such as Gondolin) as well as other Elven places (like Doriath) in times before the War of Wrath? Also, a mention of the different things ...
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Tolkien: Is there any incidence of a romance between a dwarf and a man/woman? [duplicate]

Following up this question about love between Dwarfes and Elves (What inspired Tauriel's story arc?), I wondered whether there is any incidence of a romance between a dwarf and a man/woman? The ...
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Who was the oldest Elf left in Middle Earth at the start of the War of the Ring at the end of the third age?

Some of the remaining notable and named Elves' birthdates are either known, or through association can be reasonably guessed at. They are: Galadriel - birthdate YT 1362, Elrond - birthdate FA 532, ...
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Fantasy novel featuring anti-heroine wood-elf thief famed for ability in bed

I'm trying to remember the title and author of a story featuring a heroine who was almost an anti-heroine. She was a wood-elf thief who was famed for her ability in bed. It didn't go into graphic ...
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What's the Original example of the common fantastical trope of Dwarf vs Elf?

Related this another recent question What's the original fictional (including) mythological example of Elves and Dwarves being set up as rival races? Is this a trope that first made it's appearance ...
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Do male elves have long or short hair?

I've noticed that almost every fan drawing of elves (as well as their portrayals in the movies) show them with long hair, both the men and the women. But did Tolkien ever write anything that proved ...
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Why aren't there any recognizable elf children in Middle-Earth?

Why aren't there any recognizable Elf children in Middle-Earth? I don't remember reading about younglings, only adults. Hobbit children, goblin imps and human children are all represented in the LOTR ...
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Why could Elrond not delay his one-way voyage to Valinor for a few more years?

We know from LotR that: The Children of Elrond all had the choice to be counted among either Men or Elves. That this Choice needed to be made at the time when Elrond would leave for Valinor - they ...
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Is there a sequel after LOTR events? [duplicate]

At the end of the book series, hobbits and elves sail to the east of the middle earth to unknown places and only humans stay in the Middle Earth. What happened next? Where did elves settled down? Were ...
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What is the first appearance of Elves in fantasy?

Elves are a common appearance in many worlds in Fantasy. From Tokien, to Harry Potter, to Dungeons and Dragons, and Eragon. Many works feature Elves in some way, all with many common characteristics. ...
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Of Half-elven and mortal life

When half-elvens choose mortal life, how would their bodies behave? Half-elven are always elves by nature. Ever since they're born, their physical body and behaviour would be elvish - they have keen ...
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Quenya for “hold” as in “to hold a belief”

Does anyone know if there is any word in Quenya that is well suited for translating “hold” as in “to hold a belief?” The context if “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost: ...
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Are any of the original elves that awoke at Cuiviénen named?

This came up because a friend told me he thought Glorfindel was an "original elf". As far as I know, the earliest mention of Glorfindel is at the Fall Of Gondolin, which is a far cry from Cuiviénen. ...
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Looking for canon Quenya and Sindarin dictionary

Are there any canonical English <-> Elvish dictionaries, that means with no added material? Some Grammar would also be useful.