Fantasy Creature Friday – Elves!

March 6, 2015 Discussions 2

What is Fantasy Creature Friday? It’s a discussion where I will talk about a particular creature every week. And what book or book series I think of when that creature is mentioned. At the end of the post, you will also get to link up your own fantasy creature book reviews and discussions for others to wander through.

Thanks to Anya at On Star Ships And Dragon Wings for letting me borrow her ‘link your blog’ idea. She does a giveaway every Friday where you can win ARC’s and link up your reviews/discussions/giveaways. You should totally check it out after you’re done here!

 

This weeks creature is the:

 

Elf!

 

Over the years I’ve read about many different kinds of elves, by many different authors. But my favorite elves will always be the ones from Tolkien’s mind. I’m especially fond of Legolas, Elrohir, Elladan, and Glorfindel (in no particular order).

 

Elves mature differently from humans, their minds develop the fastest and their bodies the slowest. An elf of 20 years will look no older than a human child of 7 or so. Elves reach their adult height by age 50, and hit puberty somewhere between 50 and 100 years of age.

They are monogamous, and marry only once (with Finwë being the only exception I can think of). Elves have few children, and thus every child is precious to them.

They do not have rigid gender roles, each does what appeals to them best. Smith-work, sculpture, music and other arts, healing or war arts.

Elves are immortal, immune to all diseases, and are able to recover from wounds that would kill mortal men. They can be killed, or die of grief or weariness however. Most choose to sail to the undying lands, Valinor, once they start to grow weary of living in the world.

Those who die go to the Halls of Mandos. After they have had a long enough rest, their souls are reincarnated into bodies identical to their old ones. However only 2 have been known to return to Middle-Earth for their reincarnation. Glorfindel, and Lúthien.

 

What elves are your favorites, Tolkien or otherwise? Any books with elves in them that you would recommend others read?

 

 

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2 Responses to “Fantasy Creature Friday – Elves!”

    • SilvaraWilde

      Any and all kinds of elves works! I’m also quite fond of Mercedes Lackey’s “Serrated Edge” series. All about Elves and Fae who are mechanics and race car drivers in the modern world, and save humans and other Fae in the Fae realm and the human world.

      There are so many kinds of elves in Fantasy, it’s fun to see what writers come up with them to do and be.

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