Odd Angband/Elf headcanon
Alright so Angband’s got like a bazillion elves right. How the hell do they keep track of them all? Like, you want to torture elves, but some are workers and you shouldn’t maim their legs and stuff because that would be counterproductive. Or some are Melkor’s collection of beautiful elves (which he implies he has in lay of lethian), in which case you don’t want to torture them in a way that fucks up their appearence.
So I for Sauron and Melkor to sort their elves…. the ear system.
There are three levels, jewelry, blank, and cut.
And two ears, right and left.
I really couldn’t figure out how to explain this aside from a chart
So little things like
- If you meet an elf with both ear tips cut off you know they’re lucky to be alive
- Gwindor would of had his left (work) ear tip still, since he was a working elf, but his right (beauty) tip cut off because that was unnecessary
- If Luthien did get stuck in Angband, she would probably have a ring on both ears
- If an elf really wants to die, they’ll try to cut off their ears