As tall as men and slender and gifted, they are described as the fairest and most skilled creatures in Arda. They were marked for an insatiable curiosity and a desire of learning and creating, and were lovers of nature, holding a great fondness for the sea and the stars, and especially the water. Elves are immortal and resistant to disease and are not subject to physical aging, although they may be killed in battle or by losing the will to live.
"Sons of Gondor, of Rohan, my brothers. I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me. A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down. But it is not this day! This day we fight! By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West!"