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What is seen in the image means "The world is ahead". The first part is hidden, but it is likely a variation of "Home is behind".1 In The Lord of the Rings books The quote Home is behind, the world ahead was first written in the Lord of the Rings as part of a poem titled A Walking Song. It is sung by Frodo shortly after leaving Hobbiton and encountering ...


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1. Orcs are not "Bad Elves" Tolkien never clarified the origin of Orcs, but many theories were proposed. The most accepted one is that Orcs were Elves captured and tortured into a "mockery of life" by Morgoth. Getting twisted to Orcs had little to do with an Elf's moral fiber. 2. All of Eru's creations seem to have the ability to be evil if they choose ...


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Tolkien himself addresses this in an essay called "Laws and Customs Among the Eldar". There are essentially two problems: Elvish libido diminishes over time. Contrary to popular belief (and outward appearance, from a human perspective), Elves do age; and as they get older, they get less interested in procreation. Having children is exhausting. The ...


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As has been pointed out, no Elves fight at the battle of Helm's Deep in the book1. However, there is a way of justifying this, and it comes down to the succession of the High Kingship of the Noldor2, 3. The most correct answer is that Elrond had been given special authority by the last High King, Gil-galad, following Sauron's expulsion from Eriador: At this ...


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This blog post from 2011 discusses Gimli and Feanor, and their requests of Galadriel, in a bit more detail. There's some comparisons to Aule's creation of the dwarves, as well as a reference to a letter that may perhaps contain an answer: In a letter that invites us to see the exchange between Galadriel and Gimli against the back-drop of the earlier ...


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It rounds up to none, but getting there is fun. A note before I get started: I'm going to use the word "blood" a lot, and very imprecisely. I don't literally mean blood, or genetic markers, or anything like that. I just mean ancestry, the way I would call myself 1/4 Irish, because my grandmother was ethnically Irish. "Blood" is just a ...


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There are three more kinds of Elves described in The Hobbit, in addition to the Wood-elves (emphasis mine): The feasting people were Wood-elves, of course. These are not wicked folk. If they have a fault it is distrust of strangers. Though their magic was strong, even in those days they were wary. They differed from the High Elves of the West, and were ...


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The origin of the dark elf / light elf trope can be traced back as far as the 13th century, where Dökkálfar (dark elves)and Ljósálfar (light elves) are mentioned in the Prose (or Young) Edda by Snorri Sturluson. Here, the Ljósálfar are described as "fairer than the sun to look at", while the Dökkálfar are "blacker than pitch". It is unclear whether the ...


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It's...complicated. Fortunately, Tolkien wrote about this extensively in an essay titled "Laws and Customs Among the Eldar". To summarize: Their soul gets separated from its body, and invited to Aman and the Halls of Mandos If it returns to Mandos, it spends a period of time in a purgatory-like state, before possibly (at the discretion of the Vala ...


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I can find no prose version of this story; it didn't change very much across revisions, so it doesn't get a lot of treatment in History of Middle-earth (aside from the longer version of the Lay in The Lays of Beleriand, which is where the poetry excerpt in the published Silmarillion is taken from). The nearest to prose I can find is the line immediately ...


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The first example of the "dark elves" as a distinct dark-skinned, subterranean, evil sub-race of elves may actually be their appearance in Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. Prior to that, "dark elf" was largely just used as a synonym for evil creatures characteristic of Nordic/Germanic folklore; there was no particular distinction between the Döckálfar (...


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It sounds like Eragon by Christopher Paolini. Published in 2003 but it looks like the German translation wasn't published until 2009. The film was 2006. Eragon finds a dragon egg and it hatches. He bonds with it and becomes a dragon rider. Big Bad Galbatorix has his own dragon and had all the other riders killed. There are elves. There was a film that a ...


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Tolkien didn't write a ton about the Silvan (or Sindar) Elves; I guess he just didn't find them as interesting as the Noldor. The most I can find about them is from Unfinished Tales, where they're given a brief history and a little more motivation. The Elves of Mirkwood are very isolationist; they're not very fond of Dwarves (even less so than most other ...


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Tolkien once wrote that Legolas recognized Imrahil as part elven because no elves or part elves have beards. So why did he write that Círdan had a beard? Most of the ordinary elves mentioned in LOTR might be only 457, or 1,519, or 2,821, years old when mentioned. Círdan was described in year 3021 of the Third Age. The Second Age lasted for 3441 years. The ...


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From "far away" vineyards, evidently. There stood barrels, and barrels, and barrels; for the Wood-elves, and especially their king, were very fond of wine, though no vines grew in those parts. The wine, and other goods, were brought from far away, from their kinsfolk in the South, or from the vineyards of Men in distant lands. Hiding behind one of ...


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For this, we need to go back a lot - ages back - and examine Arwen's parentage, and the Lay of Leithian, the story of Beren and Lúthien. This is a rather long story (the longest in the Silmarillion, I believe, or perhaps the second longest after the Narn i Chîn Húrin, the story of the Children of Hurin), and while I strongly urge you to go read the ...


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I think this isn't taken to be literally nor as something that happened (off-screen). I always considered this scene in a different way (never thought about some sickness, wound or whatever): Arwen insists on staying in Middle-earth to be with Aragorn. As such she won't be able to escape with the other Elves leaving to the West. If Sauron wins (which might ...


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In short, the Elves don't breed fast enough and their woodland is being decimated by the encroachment of human farms and settlements. They've been using advanced magic to arrest the decline of their civilisation, a decline that had been ongoing for millennia. They've even brought Middle-Earth to the brink of destruction by crafting magical rings in a vain ...


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The best I've been able to do is "- the world is -d". There are five separate words visible in the image, but only four of them are distinct enough to make out the characters. I'm 100% confident that the second and fourth words are, respectively, "the" and "is". "The" has a special character in Tengwar1: And "is", phonetically "iz", is fairly easy to ...


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Someone who has access to the books can provide the exact quote. But somewhere in the appendices there is a quote that goes something like this: "Cirdan, who could see deeper than anyone else in Middle Earth" saw that Olorin (Gandalf) was the better bearer for the ring. There is also a quote from Cirdan, something like "take this ring, as it will help you ...


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I think you're very much overstating the aspect of "not interfering with nature". I don't find that to be an aspect of Elves at all, and certainly don't recall it ever being stated in the books. After all, Elves use all sorts of products made from plants: wood for the talan platforms, and for bows like Legolas's; bark for the boats they give to the ...


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Yes, this did happen. I don't remember if it's described in The Silmarillion or the Unfinished Tales, but three times Feanor asked for a strand of Galadriel's hair, and three times she refused because she could see the pride and darkness in him. I think in this quote: "For none have ever made to me a request so bold and yet so courteous", the key word is "...


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They are all a single "species", in the sense that they were all created at the same time and are the same kind of being. Over time, they've split off into various communities, depending on where they lived, who they chose to rule over them, etc. The entire family tree of the Elves is rather complex: The three "clans" of Elves that ...


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Yes Elves One example of an elf growing facial hair is Círdan the Shiprwight, who is said to have a "long beard" As they came to the gates Círdan the Shipwright came forth to greet them. Very tall he was, and his beard was long... Return of the King: The Grey Havens In the Unfinished Tales Christopher Tolkien states that: In a note written in ...


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As has already been answered, there is significance. Feanor asked for a single strand three different times and Galadriel refused him for his apparent (to her) dark intentions or mood. Frustrated, Feanor is inspired to make the Silmarils that will also capture the light of the trees of Valinor (as Galadriel's hair was poetically said to do). The Silmarils, ...


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Douglas Anderson wrote (in The Annotated Hobbit, Flies and Spiders (note 6) 1988) "In his notes on the stem LAS[1] from *lasse = 'leaf' and LAS[2] 'listen' (*lasse = 'ear'), Tolkien noted the possible relationship between the two in that Elven "ears were more pointed and leaf-shaped" than human ones." Please note, I remembered this from my copy of ...


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Genuinely there could be, but it has never been said in canon. Rowling has never said there isn't but she's given no inclination that there is, either. There's nothing about it in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them or in any Harry Potter book. The House-elves resemble Brownies or Domovoi or all number of mythical beings: the use of the word elf is more ...


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