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Elves were fair, but with dark hair

By AmericanKulak follow AmericanKulak   2022 Jun 23, 9:00pm 144 views  9 comments           share      

Just a word from JRR Tolkien.


An Elven-maid there was of old
...
Her hair was long, her limbs were white,
And fair she was and free;
...
They were tall, fair of skin and grey-eyed, though their locks were dark, save in the golden house of Finarfin; and their voices had more melodies than any mortal voice that now is heard. They were valiant, but the history of those that returned to Middle-earth in exile was grievous; and though it was in far-off days crossed by the fate of the Fathers, their fate is not that of Men. Their dominion passed long ago, and they dwell now beyond the circles of the world, and do not return.
...
The air was very still, and the dell was dark, and the Elf-lady beside him was tall and pale. ‘What shall we look for, and what shall we see?’ asked Frodo, filled with awe.
...
Maeglin:

He was tall and black-haired; his eyes were dark, yet bright and keen as the eyes of the Noldor, and his skin was white.
...
There are some, even in these parts, as know the Fair Folk and get news of them

No Elf is ever described as sallow, dark, ruddy, black, or anything but pale as porcelain. Though their hair is given as grey, blonde, silver, or dark. That includes not just the books, but his notes, and in any interview or speech he gave on the subject.

These fuckers won't leave anything woke-free, will they?
1   AmericanKulak   2022 Jun 23, 9:17pm  

Part of me wants to preserve pre 21st Century depictions of Elves and Middle Earth generally as they appeared from the Books to Posters to MERP lest the Woke re-write history.

This includes graphics and knock-off old C64 games, etc.
2   Ceffer   2022 Jun 23, 10:12pm  

Elves in "Witcher 3" console game were all pale fuckers. The ones in the Netflix 'Witcher' are, of course, of quite the shoehorned color palette.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla (Viking saga around 1000 BC), keeping the woke trend, has quite a few 'black' vikings, as well as sexual deviance that I doubt was tolerated at the time. It's ridiculous Just tell the fucking story.
4   richwicks   2022 Jun 23, 10:28pm  

Who cares? It's just fiction.

Preserving history is important, preserving fiction for young adults - not so much.
7   Tenpoundbass   2022 Jun 24, 8:01am  

The Keebler elves are as every bit as real as the LOTR elves. And there's not a black hair among them.

I say they are Gingers. Long lost relatives of the Patrick clan.
8   Shaman   2022 Jun 24, 8:43am  

I thought elves were small and ugly with big ears and squinty faces? They clean house well but you can’t make the mistake of giving them clothes!
9   Karloff   2022 Jun 24, 12:00pm  

While not Tolkein, in Dungeons & Dragons there were a race of dark elves called the Drow. Apparently these were based on the dark elves from Norse mythology.

They typically had white hair though.

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