Elf

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Elves

Long ago, the Elves, also known as the Fair Folk, welcomed the younger Races of Middle-earth and allied with them when the need was great, but centuries of war, betrayal, and hardship have made them fiercely protective of their seclusion.

Tall and strong, fair and graceful, Elves have keen senses and a deep affinity for the beauty of the natural world. Throughout the ages, the deeds and struggles of the noble races of Elves have been entwined with the history of Middle-earth. Elves do not grow old as other races do — there are Elves abroad in Middle-earth today who still remember their youth in the First Age. They remember all too well the devastation caused by the tides of evil that once darkened the land — a shadow that threatens to do so once again. In ages past, the Elves divided into many different groups, and settled throughout Middle-earth, primarily in the ancient forested realms where they still live.

Playable Classes: Champion, Guardian, Hunter, Lore-master, Minstrel, Rune-keeper, Warden

Starting Area: Edhelion / Ered Luin


Elf Names

With rare exception, the Elves of Middle-earth have Sindarin names.

  • Common Male Prefixes: Adan-, Aeg-, Am-, Aran-, Bara-, Beleg-, Celeb-, Curu-, Dag-, El-, Fela-, Fin-, Gal-, Gil-, Hal-, Ing-, Lin-, Mal-, Pen-, Tar-, Thurin-, Ul-
  • Common Masculine name Endings: -adan, -aran, -bor, -born, -dir, -dor, -had, -ion, -las, -moth, -or, -phant, -phor, -randir, -ras, -rod, -rond, -ros, -thalion, -thir, -uil, -we
  • Common Female Prefixes: Adan-, And-, Ar-, Bel-, Breg-, Celeb-, Dol-, Edhel-, El-, Fan-, Find-, Galadh-, Gil-, Hir-, Ior-, Ir-, Lal-, Mel-, Mor-, Nim-, Rod-, Sael-, Tinu-
  • Common Feminine name Endings: -anor, -dal, -dis, -el, -eth, -iel, -il, -gil, -los, -raen, -reth, -riel, -rian, -rien, -uilas, -uilos, -wen, -wing


Elf Nationalities


Passive Skills

Agility of the Woods-icon.png Agility of the Woods: +15 Agility.
Fading of the Firstborn-icon.png Fading of the Firstborn: -7 Fate.
Sorrow of the Firstborn-icon.png Sorrow of the Firstborn: -20 Max Morale, -60 Non-Combat Morale Regeneration.
Suffer no Illness-icon.png Suffer no Illness: (+ (4 * Level) to Disease Resistance and Poison Resistance).


Elf Traits and Deeds

For details see Elf Traits


Trait Description Level Deed
Silvan Shadows (Trait)-icon.png Silvan Shadows Enables toggle Stealth ability, 30 min cooldown 13 Enmity of the Goblins (50)
Tactics and Conviction Bonus-icon.png Tactics and Conviction Bonus +5% to blue and green Conjunction skills 19 Enmity of the Goblins II (100)
Elf Bow-damage Bonus-icon.png Elf Bow-damage Bonus +2% to Bow damage 25 Enmity of the Goblins III (150)
Friend of Man-icon.png Friend of Man +20 Fate 13 Enmity of the Orcs (50)
Return to Rivendell (trait)-icon.png Return to Rivendell Enables you to teleport back to Rivendell 29 Enmity of the Orcs II (150)
Eldar's Grace-icon.png Eldar's Grace +75% Parry chance for 10 seconds, 1hr cooldown 35 Enmity of the Orcs III (250)
Elf One-handed Sword-damage Bonus-icon.png Elf One-handed Sword-damage Bonus +2% to 1H Sword damage 30 Enmity of the Drakes (100)
Power of the Eldar (trait)-icon.png Power of the Eldar Bonus to your fellowship's Power 35 Enmity of the Drakes II (150)
Virtuous Elf-icon.png Virtuous Elf +1 Wisdom, Patience, Charity 35 Friend of Elves of Rivendell


These Traits are obtained via completion of the Elf Racial Deeds.

Elves of Lore

Antheron.png Antheron
Arwen.png Arwen
Celeborn.png Celeborn
Elladan.png Elladan
Elrohir.png Elrohir
Elrond.png Elrond
Galadriel.png Galadriel
Glorfindel.png Glorfindel
Haldir.png Haldir
Legolas.png Legolas
Narmeleth2.png Narmeleth

History

The Elves were made by the will of Eru Ilúvatar, to be his children. They would be known as the Quendi, The Firstborn, and the First Children of Ilúvatar. They awoke beneath the stars by Cuivienen, a great lake which ceased to exist after the War of Wrath, and there Oromë the huntsman found them, and persuaded them to come with him. They were comprised of three clans, the Minyar, which would be later known as the Vanyarin Elves, noblest and the "Highest" of the High Elves; Their company was numbered at fourteen, and they were the first to come to Valinor; The Tatyar, who later became the Noldorin Elves, lovers of great craft and skill; Their company comprised of fifty-six, and were the second to reach Valinor; And the Nelyar, eventually known as the Teleri Elves, who were numbered at seventy-four, the largest of the clans. At first, believing the lies of Melkor, the Elves were distrustful of Oromë, and they sent three ambassadors to Valinor to report back to them what they had seen. All of the Minyar, most of the Noldor, and some of the Teleri then set forth on the Great Journey, they are known as the Eldar, The People of the Stars. However, there were some Elves who remained at Cuivienen, and refused the summons; They were later known as the Avari, meaning The Unwilling, because they refused the summons of the Valar. This event was known as the First Sundering of the Elves.

The Elves endured many hardships during the Three Ages of Arda, part due to the rebellion of the Noldor, the sundering of the Teleri, and the War of Wrath, caused by Melkor and his lieutenant, Sauron.


Tribes of Elves

Elven Kindreds.jpg

Eldar

These were the Elves who came with Oromë on the Great Journey to Valinor. Their name means "People of the Stars". Most of the Eldar were called the Calaquendi or Amanyar, Elves of the Light, because they beheld the light of the two trees. There were also the Úmanyar, the Elves who came along on the Great Journey but ultimately stayed behind in Middle-Earth.

  • The Minyar Clan became the House of the Vanyar. These were the first Elves to reach Valinor. They typically had Golden Blonde hair and stood higher than most other Elves.
  • The Tatyar Clan became the House of the Noldor. These were the second Elves to reach Valinor. They had dark hair and grey eyes, except those descended from the Vanyar.
  • The Nelyar Clan became the House of the Teleri. These were the last Elves to reach Valinor, after some problems and hardships faced during the Great Journey. They typically had Dark to Silvery Hair and Blue Eyes. However, they were divided after the Second and Third Sundering of the Elves.
    • The Falmari were the Sea Elves who reached Valinor.
    • The Sindar were the Grey Elves who stayed behind to look for their kinsman Thingol.
    • The Nandor were the Valley-Elves who refused to cross the Misty Mountains and stayed behind in the Vales of Anduin. They split into two groups:
      • The Laiquendi, Green Elves who came to Beleriand.
      • The Silvan Elves, the Wood-elves who stayed behind in Rhovanion.


Avari

These were the Elves who refused the summons to Valinor, and stayed behind in Middle-Earth even through the Fourth Age. Their name means "Unwilling" in Quenya. They were also called the Moriquendi, Elves of the Darkness, because they never saw the light of the two trees in Valinor. There were Six clans of the Avari, of which little information is given.

  • The Kindi.
  • The Cuind.
  • The Hwenti.
  • The Windan, who settled by the Sea of Rhûn.
  • The Kinn-lai, who settled in the Jungles of Harad.
  • The Penni.

Notes

The Kinn-lai are only mentioned in the non-canon Middle-earth Role Playing game and are not official Tolkien lore. (See Mark R. Feil (1997), Hands of the Healer (#2026), p. 18)