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The Vanir god Freyr is the lord of the elves' homeland, Alfheim, and at least one Old Humans and elves can interbreed and produce half-human, half-elfin. Half-elves, as usually defined, were humanoids born through the union of an elf and a human. Whether a half-elf was raised by their human parent or their elven . personal information, including your religious or political views, health, racial background, country of origin, sexual identity and/or personal relationships.
As a result, elves ended up being recast either as demonic beings or creatures that were roughly equivalent to humans. The reason that they were never considered angels may have been because pre-Christian Norse elves were aligned with specific gods. Because of this, they could not be servants of the Judaeo-Christian God and had to be either evil or deviant in some way.
The elves of high fantasy and Lord of the Rings bear a lot more resemblance to the elves of ancient Norse legends, or perhaps legends from early Christian Iceland, than the fairy-like or demonic elves found in much of the Medieval lore. The Secret Lives of Elves and Faeries: In the Middle Ages, those who were outside of Christendom were viewed with suspicion and as a result tended to be cast as very non-human, even monstrous. This tendency is common in all cultures to some degree. The ancient Greeks did the same when they created legends of headless or dog-faced barbarians in distant locales like India and Libya.
Today though, we tend to humanize outsiders and empathize with them even if they are very different. Even werewolves and vampires in contemporary fiction are often portrayed as personified victims of misunderstanding rather than bestial monsters as they were in earlier fiction. The story of how elves have changed over time tells us just as much about how we mortal humans have changed.
Elves and other fairy folk. Elladan and Elrohirthe sons of Elrond, do not accompany their father when the White Ship bearing the Ring-bearer and the chief Noldorin leaders sails from the Grey Havens to Valinor ; they are said to have remained in Lindon for a time. Tolkien also wrote that Legolas founded an elf colony in Ithilien during King Elessar 's reign in the Fourth Age, and that the elves there assisted in the rebuilding of Gondor. They primarily resided in southern Ithilien, along the shores of the Anduin.
After Elessar's death in F. It is also implied that Elves continued to dwell at the Grey Havens, at least for a certain period. Tolkien states that Sam Gamgee sailed from the Havens decades after Elrond's departure, implying that some Elves might have remained in Mithlond at that time. The majority of those who remained lived in Mirkwood, while a much smaller population was in Lindon.
Aragorn speaks of the empty garden of Elrond in Rivendell. Most of the following information strictly refers only to the Eldar, as found in his essay Laws and Customs among the Eldar, found in Morgoth's Ring. Early life[ edit ] Elves are born about one year from their conception. The day of their conception is celebrated, not the actual birthday itself. Their minds develop more quickly than their bodies; by their first year, they can speak, walk and even dance, and their quicker onset of mental maturity makes young Elves seem, to Men, older than they really are.
Physical puberty comes in around their fiftieth to one hundredth year by age fifty they reach their adult heightand by their first hundred years of life outside the womb all Elves are fully grown. Elven bodies eventually stop aging physically, while human bodies do not. The betrothal is subject to parental approval unless the parties are of age and intend to marry soon, at which point the betrothal is announced.
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They exchange rings and the betrothal lasts at least a year, and is revocable by the return of the rings; however, it is rarely broken.
After their formal betrothal, the couple appoint a date, at least a year later, for the wedding. More formally, the couple's families celebrate the marriage with a feast. The parties give back their betrothal rings and receive others worn on their index fingers. Extra-marital and premarital sex are unthinkable, adultery is also unheard of and fidelity between spouses is absolute.
Yet separation during pregnancy or during the early years of parenthood caused by war, for example is so grievous to the couple that they prefer to have children in peaceful times. Living Elves cannot be raped or forced to have sex; before that they will lose the will to endure and go to Mandos.
They are soon preoccupied with other pleasures; their libido wanes and they focus their interests elsewhere, like the arts. Nonetheless, they take great delight in the union of love, and they cherish the days of bearing and raising children as the happiest days of their lives.
However, this marriage was far from typical of the Elves. Daily life[ edit ] The Elves, particularly the Noldor, preoccupy themselves with various things such as smithwork, sculpture, music and other arts, and of course, what to eat. Males and females can do almost everything equally; however, the females often specialize in the arts of healing while the males go to war.
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This is because they believe that taking life interferes with the ability to preserve life. However, Elves are not stuck in rigid roles; females can defend themselves at need as well as males, and many males are skilled healers as well, such as Elrond.
MahtanNerdanel's father, had a beard in his second cycle of life, a rare phenomenon. It is unclear what these cycles exactly are, since Tolkien left no notes further explaining this. Apparently, beards were the only sign of further natural physical ageing beyond maturity.
Nevertheless, Tolkien may have ultimately changed his mind about whether Elves had facial hair. As Christopher Tolkien states in Unfinished Taleshis father wrote in December or later that the Elvish strain in Men, such as Aragornwas "observable in the beardlessness of those who were so descended", since "it was a characteristic of all Elves to be beardless".
Elves sometimes appear to age under great stress. Also, the people of Gwindor of Nargothrond had trouble recognizing him after his time as a prisoner of Morgoth. Death[ edit ] Elves are naturally immortal, and remain unwearied with age. In addition to their immortality, Elves can recover from wounds which would normally kill a mortal Man. However, Elves can be slain, or die of grief and weariness.
Spirits of dead Elves go to the Halls of Mandos in Valinor. After a certain period of time and rest that serves as "cleansing", their spirits are clothed in bodies identical to their old ones. An exception was Glorfindel in The Lord of the Rings; as shown in later books, Tolkien decided he was a "reborn" hero from The Silmarillion rather than an individual with the same name.
Eventually, their immortal spirits will overwhelm and consume their bodies, rendering them "bodiless", whether they opt to go to Valinor or remain in Middle-earth. At the end of the world, all Elves will have become invisible to mortal eyes, except to those to whom they wish to manifest themselves.