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Hekeldi? Lathrim?Edit

I'd like to know where the names "hekeldi", "lathrim" and "mithrim" (as a people of elves's name) appears, for I don't remember. These names are written in the picture "The Sundering of the Elves as perceived after the Exile of the Noldor".

Not a single elf...Edit

"it is specifically told that not a single Elf joined Morgoth or Sauron, the Enemies"

How about Maeglin? Ausir 23:57, 13 Mar 2004 (UTC)
Or what about the entire Elvish origin of Orcs for that matter. — Jor (Darkelf) 00:19, 14 Mar 2004 (UTC)
I'll just delete this sentence. Ausir 00:21, 14 Mar 2004 (UTC)
And another edit conflict ;-) I was busy rewriting it. — Jor (Darkelf) 00:23, 14 Mar 2004 (UTC)
(cough). The elves where captured by Morgoth, and tortured and "brain washed" until they were faithful only to his service under the condition that he released them to Middle Earth. Try the Silmarrilion. I've read it three times.

Middle-earth -> ArdaEdit

Could someone move it back to Elves (Middle-earth)? While this disambiguation is not entirely correct, we chose it some time ago because Middle-earth is more commonly known than Arda. Besides, it's a bitch fixing all those double redirects :>. Ausir 09:59, 5 Jul 2004 (UTC)

Seconded. The article ought to use the same disambiguation as the other M-e articles. [[User:Anárion|File:Anarion.png]] 16:42, 28 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Another option I’d be happy with is to move the main article to Quendi, making all other links redirects. [[User:Anárion|File:Anarion.png]] 16:43, 28 Aug 2004 (UTC)
Moved back. [[User:Anárion|File:Anarion.png]] 21:58, 7 Sep 2004 (UTC)

"not to be found in Tolkien's writings" ...except in LotR ,and the Etymologies, and...Edit

"...for example the now clichéd special affinity with nature and bows, as well as explicit references to "pointy ears", are not to be found in Tolkien's writings..."

This is not entirely accurate. The Elves of LotR are and The Hobbit are mostly woodland Elves (from Lórien and Mirkwood). The Noldor in the Silmarillion have very little to do with the woods, but the Sindarin Elves of Doriath certainly had a strong affinity for nature. Anyway, the most prominent Elf in LotR is Legolas, a Wood-Elf with a bow, so the associations come rather naturally from that, even though it isn't fair to assume that all haves have an affinity with nature and bows (although the former more than the latter has some real basis in fact).

As for pointy ears, there are two distinct references. In Letters, at one point Tolkien refers to Hobbits as having "ears only slightly pointed and 'elvish'" (27), though of course that doesn't have to imply that his own Elves have pointed ears. However, the Etymologies in The Lost Road are quite explicit: "(Some think this is related to the next and *lasse 'ear'. The Quendian ears were more pointed and leaf-shaped than [?human].)"

Basically, the pointy ear question has been a subject of some debate, but unlike the great mystery of the Balrog's wings, the evidence is actually fairly conclusive. They probably did have pointed ears, although based on practical considerations they must have been only slightly pointed and "leaf-shaped", not the huge, spiky things common especially in Anime.

Anyway, I'm not exactly sure how to correct this without going into great depth. I will probably add something about the pointy-ear thing eventually. --[[User:Aranel|Aranel ("Sarah")]] 17:52, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)

The pointed ears: yes, the [las]/[lassë]] quote is probably enough evidence. Also Tolkien's pictures of Elves seem to depict them with prominently drawn ears — suggesting they were pointed.
However, the Elves' affinity with nature is different than it is in AD&D: Elves simply were more in touch with it than Men, not as clichéd as the AD&D Silvan Elves.
Bows are not necessarily "fixed" on Elves either: with the exception of Beleg there is no special mention of bowmen under the Elves, and the Ñoldor in particular seem to have favoured swords and spears. [[User:Anárion|АПА́ДІОП]] 18:25, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Yes, I agree that it's unfair to say that Tolkien's Elves necessarily have any special affinity with woods or with bows. But I think that the AD&D clichés most likely come from perceptions of Elves in LotR (specifically Legolas), and these perceptions are not entirely groundless. --[[User:Aranel|Aranel ("Sarah")]] 23:33, 10 Sep 2004 (UTC)
I was bold and went ahead and added some material about this. Feel free to edit. --[[User:Aranel|Aranel ("Sarah")]] 00:04, 11 Sep 2004 (UTC)
Good rewrites there. No need to change. [[User:Anárion|АПА́ДІОП]] 09:54, 11 Sep 2004 (UTC)
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