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Elf

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"Elf"
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Type(s)
Humanoid
Source
Novel
Scale
Medium
Similar creature(s)
Nymph, Fairy, Sylph, Sprite, Pixie


The elf is a humanoid creature that is found in many sizes ranging from a few inches to taller than regular humans. While their behaviour varies, they usually have ties to to magic in one form or another.

Source[edit | edit source]

Elves originate from germanic / norse mythology and folklore. "Alb" still remains in the "Alptraum", which is the german word for a nightmare.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Elves appear in many stories as a race of long-lived people, who are basically very similar to humans in look and size, although the elves' features are often described to be of stunning beauty, and since most got used to it - with "leaflike" or pointy ears. In some source material they are also very often closer to their makers (gods) than the humans, who sometimes came later to the universe or were created later by a supernatural creator. This often leads to certain enmities between both races. The elves generally are skilled in all kinds of workmanship, poetry, music and magic, although those powers differ from story to story. Newer fantasy worlds have also created many subtypes, like High elves (usually the first, most pure or most powerful), Wood elves (often great archers, living with nature), Dark elves (living underground, usually evil) - just to name a few.

-> Dark Elves or better called "Moriquendi" from the Tolkien universe have not much in common with the ones from other universes like "The Forgotten Realms". Moriquendi are Elves who never saw the lights of the two trees in Valinor. -> Dunmer is the name of the dark elves in the Elder Scrolls game series, and they also differ much from the ones in "The Forgotten Realms", they appear as very intelligent, skillful magicians, but on the other hand also as bitter and distrusting, their many clans busy with quarreling.

Media[edit | edit source]

Elves appear in the following media:

Games[edit | edit source]

Novels[edit | edit source]

  • Berserk
  • Goblin Slayer
  • Disk World - by Terry Pratchett
  • The Hobbit - J.R.R Tolkien
  • Lord of the Rings - J.R.R Tolkien