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What is the earliest instance of "Dark Elves" in modern Fantasy?

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 ...
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What is the earliest instance of "Dark Elves" in modern Fantasy?

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" ...
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Are there differently coloured races of Man in Middle-Earth, and if so how are they explained?

Yes The Southrons were described as both Swarthy and Brown Sam, eager to see more, went now and joined the guards. He scrambled a little way up into one of the larger of the bay-trees. For a moment ...
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Is racial interbreeding possible in Tamriel?

Originally posted on Gaming.SE for a similar question. Mixed-race children like Jagar Tharn exist, but are exceedingly rare The prototypical example of a mixed-race individual is Jagar Tharn, villain ...
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Is the name "Rohirrim" based on "Houyhnhnm"?

Similarity is completely coincidental. It is commonly assumed that Swift meant for the word Houyhnhnm, as well as other words from that language to sound vaguely like a horse's whinny. Houyhnhnm ...
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Are there any Star Trek characters that are hybrids of non-human species?

Per Memory Alpha's article on "Hybrids" Betazoid / Tavnian (Lwaxana Troi's and Jeyal's child) (DS9: "The Muse") Cardassian / Bajoran (Mika and Dukat's child, and Tora Ziyal) (DS9: "Covenant")...
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Height of the LoTR Races

Men Númenóreans (2nd age) - 7' Halflings was derived from the Numenorean name for them (in Sindarin Periannath). ... The name thus evidently referred to their height as compared with Numenorean men, ...
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Is racial interbreeding possible in Tamriel?

There is a book in game about it, called "Notes on Racial Phylogeny": After much analysis of living specimens, the Council long ago determined that all "races" of elves and humans ...
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Are there differently coloured races of Man in Middle-Earth, and if so how are they explained?

As I've discussed elsewhere on this site, there's no indication that Middle-earth's creation myth is incompatible with evolutionary theory; so the most likely explanation is this: In The Beginning, ...
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Which species dance in Tolkien's works?

Elves (and Bilbo, a Hobbit) And with that he went back to bed and slept till late morning. Weariness fell from him soon in that house, and he had many a merry jest and dance, early and late, with the ...
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Are there any Star Trek characters that are hybrids of non-human species?

Yes. You can find a full list here. DS9 Tora Ziyal is a Bajoran-Cardassian hybrid. In the DS9 episode The Muse, Lwaxana Troi and her husband Jeyal have a half-Betazoid half-Tavnian child. In the ...
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What is the first instance of human-sized, bipedal intelligent rat-people?

1931: "Devil Crystals of Arret", a novelette by Hal K. Wells, first published in Astounding Stories, September 1931, available at the Internet Archive and at Project Gutenberg. The sound of ...
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Are there differently coloured races of Man in Middle-Earth, and if so how are they explained?

Yes In short, the Haradrim and Southrons were described as dark skinned and more asian looking with darker skin. Further, Ghan Bûri Ghan's people were also described as darker skinned. Whereas the ...
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Was there ever a black Sith Lord in Star Wars canon or "Legends"?

As far as I can tell, no. The two closest would be: Sora Bulq, who wasn't human but a Weequay humanoid with dark brown skin. He fell to the Dark Side and trained with Count Dooku, before being killed ...
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What is the first instance of human-sized, bipedal intelligent rat-people?

Brian Stableford's "The Realms of Tartarus" trilogy (The Face of Heaven, A Vision of Hell, A Glimpse of Infinity) from 1977 has an underground civilization that evolved from rats (also ...
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Was there ever a black Sith Lord in Star Wars canon or "Legends"?

There are no black Sith Lords in canon. In Legends, there are at least two human Sith Lords with dark skin like Mace Windu's. Both are from the video game Star Wars: The Old Republic, which takes ...
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What is the first instance of human-sized, bipedal intelligent rat-people?

A. Bertram Chandler's Contraband from Otherspace, a 1966 novel in the John Grimes series, has human-sized, bipedal, intelligent rat-people...in spacesuits. Revealed here in Chapter XIII as the heroes ...
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Besetting failing of Tolkien races

The desire for power in men was clearly showcased a fair few times throughout the Tolkien books/movies, especially noticeable as a major flaw in men as a race with Gondor seeking the ring to use its ...
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Is the name "Rohirrim" based on "Houyhnhnm"?

The name has a straightforward etymology in Sindarin, one of Tolkien's constructed languages that was well developed by the time he wrote The Lord of the Rings. According to Tolkien Gateway: ...
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What accounts for the Nox's apparent double ethical standard?

TLDR The Asgard and the Tollan acknowledge that violence is sometimes necessary The Nox have no problem with them ^ The Nox also acknowledge that it is morally understandable that a given action will ...
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Is there a well-established iconic amphibious fantasy race?

Amphibious fish people have become very much established over the last 80 years or so. The first ones were the deep ones by H. P. Lovecraft, which in turn strongly influenced the kuo-toa of Dungeons &...
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What is the earliest instance of "Dark Elves" in modern Fantasy?

As reported by some users in the comments of this question, even if in Tolkien's Legendarium there is not a whole race of typical fantasy "Dark Elves", there are some single individual characters with ...
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Are there any more races in Middle-earth?

Perhaps the dancing bears of Númenor would count? There were bears in considerable numbers, in the mountainous or rocky parts; both of a black and brown variety. The great black bears were found ...
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Are humans the only race in the Mandalorian ranks?

Choice of race will never restrict you in any way to play through any storyline in swtor. As for story/lore/RPG i direct you to this wiki page. "An interspecies warrior culture stretching back ...
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What is the first instance of human-sized, bipedal intelligent rat-people?

The rats of Lankhmar Below* first appeared in Fritz Liber's 1962 magazine story "Scylla's Daughter." This was expanded in 1968 in the full-length novel The Swords of Lankhmar. Per ...
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What happened to the Menk and Valakians?

Main canon (Prime timeline) We learn in a subsequent episode of Enterprise that the Menk have become a byword in Ferengi society for base stupidity. This is the last chronological mention of them in ...
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What is the history of Gungans and their tech?

This is largely covered in the Phantom Menace Visual Dictionary. In short, the Gungans evolved in the Naboo swamps, where most of them currently reside. After their planet was contacted and ...
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Are humans the only race in the Mandalorian ranks?

Legends: In Legends, Mandalorians used to all be aliens, comprised of the Taung. Many different species later went on to join them. Here's why you can't exterminate us, aruetii. We're not huddled in ...
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What is the first instance of human-sized, bipedal intelligent rat-people?

Can I put forward the Rumbles from 1976's 'The Borribles' by Michael de Larrabeiti https://www.blackgate.com/2012/04/13/the-borribles/. I haven't read the books since I was a kid, but remember the ...
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The First SF or Fantasy Interracial Relationship

If you want to count it as Arthurian Fantasy, Parzival has a marriage between Gahmuret and the Moorish queen Belacane that resulted in the birth of Parzival's older half-brother Feirefiz, who, if I ...
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