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Elf Physiology

Postby tterry » Fri Dec 16, 2016 10:43 am


I'm wondering what do we know about elf physiology. That is, are they heavily muscled like bodybuilders? Can they improve their physiques by, well, working out?

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Re: Elf Physiology

Postby scirocco » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:47 pm

I doubt they would need to. Pretty much they are born extremely tough and athletic. They would be like those annoying people who are just naturally faster and stronger and better-looking than you, and never have to get off the couch to train or do anything special.

Here's what Tolkien says about Legolas:

"He was tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow and shoot down a Nazgul, endowed with the tremendous vitality of Elvish bodies, so hard and resistant to hurt that he went only in light shoes over rock or through snow, the most tireless of all the Fellowship".
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Re: Elf Physiology

Postby oldtoby » Fri Dec 16, 2016 7:56 pm

Elronds not fooling anyone, we all know he owns a Bowflex and does spin class on the weekends :wink: :lol: :wink:
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Re: Elf Physiology

Postby solicitr » Sat Dec 17, 2016 9:31 am

Lembas contains anabolic steroids.
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Re: Elf Physiology

Postby TheGreenWizard » Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:01 pm

Great height is almost always attributed to the Elves, at least the notable ones. While in Rivendell Tolkien notes that not even Gandalf stands to the height of Elrond. Several references are made to Galadriel's height while the Company lingers in Lothlorien.
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Re: Elf Physiology

Postby Billobob » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:49 pm

solicitr wrote:Lembas contains anabolic steroids.

This just coming in from the middle earth olympics: Eleven kind is a menace to competitive sports! :wink:
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Re: Elf Physiology

Postby Galin » Sat Apr 29, 2017 2:43 pm

In a late description Tolkien noted that Gandalf: "... even bent must have been at least 5 ft. 6... Which would make him a short man even in modern England, especially with the reduction of a bent back."

Eldarin height: here are two, late, general descriptions, though which one came before the other from a chronological perspective, I don't know. From a text dated "1968 or later" [Of Dwarves And Men]: "They were called 'Halflings'; but this refers to the normal height of Men of Numenorean descent and of the Eldar (especially those of Noldorin descent), which appears to have been about seven of our feet."

Another late description reads [courtesy of Hammond and Scull's Reader's Guide to The Lord of the Rings]: "The Quendi were in origin a tall people. The Eldar (...) they were in general the stronger and taller members of the Elvish folk at that time. In Eldarin tradition it was said that even their women were seldom less than six feet in height; their full-grown elfmen no less than six and a half feet, while some of the great kings and leaders were taller."

There are more references, but there's a few for digestion.
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