As promised, the invasion has begun! That’s right, there are elves here for Immortal Monday. I know, I know. I promised they’d come a few weeks ago. But I got distracted by the shiny bauble. What can I say? And what a pit of muck I got myself into looking for the answers to put this post together. Wow! 😀
Searching to fulfill an Immortal Monday promise, I sat staring at screen after screen as my coffee slowly got cold (Not a fan of cold coffee, unless I order it iced). I sat for hours crawling deeper into the web, page by page, searching out information on the Elven story. The answers had to be there! And they were… buried deep.
There’s a lot of inconsistency out there regarding what distinguishes the Elven from the Fae. I found several conflicting bits of information as I dug into the Sidhe. (Didn’t even touch the Tuatha, for those of you in the know. That’s a sticky bed) . But what I did find in the very end put mud on my face. Read on and I’ll tell you why.
Elves – a lot of it leads back to J.R.R. Tolkien and the Elves he created in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. But Tolkien actually did his homework and tried to keep many aspects true to the folklore and myths. But he did give them more height than they traditionally held – or so some think (We’ll get to that in a minute). He also created a full societal structure. Not only did he partially create a language for his elves, but he determined their mating habits and gestational period for new young, and so on. Most of this was based on his childhood experiences and belief system, or so it is thought.
When Tolkien set out to create his masterpiece, he had not yet determined what ancient being would assist the mortal men and hobbits in their quest. Even after his choice, it is said he still wavered, worried that maybe he should have gone with the other. But in the time that Tolkien wrote his novels it was suggested that he refrain from using the Fae, as “fairy” had become associated with a negative connotation. My, how times have changed! But that was then and let’s face it, his Elves rule literature as well as the big screen.
Setting his mind to Elves, he had no idea he was about to make history.
Now this might come as a surprise, but taking a cold hard look at the medieval and ancient texts, you might find that the little elves of folklore are not the Elves Tolkien tweaked to fit his story. Actually, he may not have had to do any tweaking of height with the race he chose. There are stories and documented names that predate our little happy elves. Stories of an ancient and respected race standing the height of man. As time went on many of them withdrew. In some cultures they became known as The Hidden Ones. But they existed and shared a similar name in elf.
Back then, if you were Anglo-Saxon, Old Norse – Icelandic, or Old, Middle or High German and had Elf, AElf, Alb or Alfr added to the beginning of your name, then you were being honored. The Elves of this time where tall, wise and highly respected.
The very first Elves here on Earth (there are schools that believe there are native Earth Elves and Space Elves) were The First born. They became known as Quendi, meaning speakers. Born beside a lake under the stars they came into life loving the sound of water and the sight of the stars. They had a kinship with nature and mother Earth.
Pale skin tone, their hair can come in many colors and it is believed they always wore it long (Didn’t believe in hair style changes? Send them over to Molly ;)). In almost every case, they are described as tall (average man height of today – remember men were shorter then), slim, wise, graceful, agile and always beautiful. They would mature at 50 (When Tolkien would have them betrothed) and are considered Immortal. Although, Tolkien called them embalmers. Stating that their long lives were a result of them cheating the natural course of things through magic and therefore they paid a price with their happiness, – ( becoming burdened with sadness and nostalgic with regret. – Tolkien)
The elves living among the light, singing amongst the trees and waters are known as light. The Dark Elves were those who choose not to cross the Great Sea when called to do so. Some say they lived in dark places such as caves and underground dwellings.
So this is where I’m going to eat my words from an earlier post. Are you writing this down? It only took me (looks at the clock – 1:14 a.m. , thinks about when I started – you don’t even want to know how long it took me to get to this point! 12+ hours. Ugh! See how dedicated I am to you? Oh… can you spell ulterior motive? Ha) too damn long!
How do the Fae and Elven race differ? As I pointed out above, the Elves were
The First Born. They were called this for being the first born of the earth. Surely that would make them the oldest living race – immortal to boot! Dang!
But the Fae are actually older than the Earth itself(Arda in Elf speak), making them even older than Elves. It is believed that Fae were left here as remnants of their past life disintegrated. What does that say to us? They are older and they are not from here. So clearly two separate people. Yet they communed and lived side by side in peace without mixing the races. That was a No NO.
How was an Elf distinguished from one of the Fae? Elves were wise, classic and beautiful. They dabbled in magic and created wondrous items that wielded great strength and ability.
There are many different classes of Fae, so it’s harder to classify them with general characteristics. But they were also beautiful and agile while harboring the need for constant action and activity. Focus was not their strong point.
If further history on Elves interest you, you might want to look into Tolkien’s theories of Atlantis, namely Atalantë (‘Quenya’ in ancient Elven language). The place of the Downfallen land and people – Elves?
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Because the most recent post have not lent themselves to it, you ladies have missed out on some IM picture shows. You are overdue! Who’s your favorite Elf? What? I can’t hear you? LOL
I know he’s a hottie to most, but something about the Legolas look doesn’t work for me. I like Orlando best with his natural hair color.
And you know I have to do it – for those with a taste for serious badassness (and it gives me a chance to throw him up on the blog one more time!) – Prince Nuada.
And don’t worry guys. I didn’t forget about you. Hope you like Liv Taylor as Arwen. She is classic.
Hope you walked away with some new knowledge in your pocket. Until next time…
Quick answer, don’t think – my son wants us to cover Ghost Rider on Immortal Monday. Hmm. I’m putting it to a vote. Tell me, do you want to talk about the Devils bitch servant boy?