The Official Collection of Fantastical Creature Information--Updated Randomly

For all your fantastical creature needs! This is the beginning of my encyclopedia, and I'm collecting as much information as I can on various fantasy creatures. Most of my stuff can be found on wikipedia. However, no source is perfect, so the stuff that is my input is often italicized. Help me by sending me more information at Questkid13@gmail.com

Side Note: There have been concerns about my using Wikipedia because it is not a reliable resource. I am well aware of wikipedia's unreliable nature--but that's exactly why I use it. Fantasy creatures are available to all, and everyone should have a chance to add their "discoveries." This website is supposed to be a fun collection of fantastical creature information with fun images to go with. I am not a reliable source--I'm just a collector. Though at this point, I am flattered that people are concerned with the validity of my site. :)

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Elf--Tolkien--General

Elves are different from Norse elves, but are more akin to that older mythology than to folktale elves – they are unlikely to sneak in at night and help a cobbler mend his shoes. Though Tolkien originally conceived his Elves as more fairy-like than they afterwards became, his Elves were conceived as a race of beings similar in appearance to humans but fairer and wiser, with greater spiritual powers, keener senses, and a closer empathy with nature. They are great smiths and fierce warriors on the side of good


Elves are immortal in the sense that they are not vulnerable to disease or the effects of old age. Although they can be killed in battle like humans and may alternately wither away from grief, their spirits only pass to the blessed land in the west called Valinor, whereas humans' souls leave the world entirely. (See Elf--Tolkien--Life Cycle)


Tolkien's Elves were enemies of goblins and orcs and had a longstanding quarrel with the Dwarves. They tend to be more beautiful and wiser than humans, with sharper senses and perceptions. Often elves do not possess facial or body hair. A hallmark of fantasy elves is also their long and pointed ears. (See Elf--Tolkien--Physical Descriptions)

An Elf is an individual member of one of the races that inhabit the lands of Arda. Elves were sometimes called the Firstborn or the Elder Kindred as they were "awakened" before Men by the creator of the universe, Eru Iluvatar. The Elves named themselves Quendi ("the Speakers"), in honour of the fact that, when they were created, they were the only living beings able to speak. The Dúnedain called them Nimîr (the Beautiful), while their usual name in Sindarin was Eledhrim. (See Elf--Tolkien--History)

A special thanks to Wikipedia and to The Lord of the Rings Official Site

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