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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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I seem to recall a particular line in Fellowship of the Ring (and, after some Googling, perhaps in some of the other movies) which may give us a good reason: ARAGORN: Legolas! What do your elf-eyes see? This recurs in several other places, such as in the first half of The Two Towers, where Legolas and Gimli are in Fangorn forest: 'Yet here we are-...


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Out-of-universe, I agree with Schroedingers Cat's answer: the bow is a graceful weapon. In-universe, I think Elves can probably master whatever weapon they choose, it's just that Legolas is the Elf we are most familiar with, and he uses a bow. Elves are extremely long-lived, and have great agility and senses. So of course an Elf could become a great archer,...


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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 Elves ...


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I've written before here that "magic" in Tolkien's world isn't really how we traditionally envisage it. Again, the key quote is Galadriel's confusion over what Sam means by the word itself: 'For this is what your folk would call magic, I believe: though I do not understand clearly what they mean; and they seem to use the same word of the deceits of the ...


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Out-of-universe, archery is very fitting for the elegance of the elves, it is an elegant skill. It also matches with their desire to stay largely hidden - it is a distance weapon. And, unlike many other weapons, it is not so much an impulse weapon, which fits with their image. More in-universe, the stealthy nature of the weapon fits with their stealthy ...


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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 ...


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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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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 slightly simpler way ...


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Gandalf was given Narya by Círdan the Shipwright because he believed that Gandalf had the highest inner greatness of all the Istari (Wizards). The scene is described in The Silmarillion: Take now this Ring, for thy labours and thy cares will be heavy, but in all it will support thee and defend thee from weariness. For this is the Ring of Fire, and ...


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Well, for one thing, NONE of the elves were at Helm's Deep in the books. Peter Jackson made that one up :) As for why none fought with Aragorn in the Gondor theater of war, there are 3 reasons: Population. There weren't all THAT many Elves left in Middle Earth by the time of the War of the Ring - most had already left Middle-Earth to sail into the West. ...


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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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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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Overall Elves and Dwarves were mutually respectful, if not friendly, in the First Age: Ever cool was the friendship between the Naugrim and the Eldar, though much profit they had one of the other; but at that time those griefs that lay between them had not yet come to pass, and King Thingol welcomed them. But the Naugrim gave their friendship more readily ...


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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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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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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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The following comes from "What Tolkien Officially Said About Elf Sex" article, which in turn very heavily quotes from "Laws and Customs of the Eldar," published in the book Morgoth's Ring, History of Middle-Earth. (aka LACE) "Marriage is chiefly of the body, for it is achieved by bodily union, and its first operation is the begetting of the bodies of ...


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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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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 Mandos ...


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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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Tolkien's Elves are of a similar size to Men. However, they tend to be slimmer, and probably slightly taller on average, although there are no direct comparisons recorded. A couple of examples: Thingol, King of Doriath in the First Age and many-times forefather of Elrond and Aragorn, was described as "tallest of all the Children of Illúvatar" (which ...


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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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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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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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