In the beginning Eru, the One, who in the Elvish tongue is named Ilúvatar, made the Ainur of his thought; and they made a great Music before him. In this Music the World was begun; for Ilúvatar made visible the song of the Ainur, and they beheld it as a light in the darkness. And many among them became enamoured of its beauty, and of its history which they saw beginning and unfolding as in a vision. Therefore Ilúvatar gave to their vision Being, and set it amid the Void, and the Secret Fire was sent to burn at the heart of the World; and it was called Eä.
RULES | Name THE TEN favorite characters from different fandoms. Then, ten people tag and repost. I was tagged @latifraise, thank you :) I will name all the characters both books and movies or series that I have loved and love. Get obsessed with these characters! but I can't help it. I do not know if it is normal or not @latifraise but I feel the same 1) Cora Crawley (Downton Abbey) 2) Dana Scully (The X Files) 3) Minerva McGonagall (Hogwarts) 4) Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Sherlock) 5) Lillian Hobson (Arthur) 6) All the characters of Jessica Lange American Horror Story 7) Erica Barry (Something’s Gotta Give) 8) Gandalf (The Lord Of The Rings, JRRT) 9) LeiaOrgana (Star Wars) 10) Clara del Valle (The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende)
In recent years interested in J.R.R. Tolkien’s life and works has increased and luckily enough, we do have a couple of publications who will provide any seriously interested readers with not only basic information but a great level of detail when it comes to Tolkien’s life in particular. Do beware, though, that there are books out there who will either simply repeat what has been said already or twist it to fit their angle
Good books to recommend are the Carpenter “Biography”, Garth’s “Tolkien and the Great War”, “Letters” by Tolkien, ed. by Carpenter and CJRT, “Inklings” by Carpenter for a broader view, “Ring of Words” on Tolkien’s work on the OED, the JRRT Companion & Guide by Hammond/ Scull. Grotta’s “Architect of Middle-earth” is of anecdotal reference but difficult to judge if you are not already a master of all things Middle-earth. Glyer’s “Company They Keep” is always worth the read on the elements of creative collaboration
If you feel like to wishing to find out what is good out there - check out the review parts of “Tolkien Studies”, “Hither Shore” and comparable publications
Let's cross fingers! :).. In "Laws & Customs of the Eldar" JRRT wrote the following: "In all such things not concerned with the bringing forth of children, the neri and nissi of the Eldar are equal... there was less difference in strength and speed between elven-men and elven-woman that had not borne child than is seen among mortals". There seem to be few differences between the genders, do you think they had androgynous looks?
I think you could make a good argument that they did, or were close to it? If you’re taking Tolkien’s statement as is (see: literal and at face value), then there was probably a lot less sexual dimorphism going on among the Eldar than you see in humans/mortals. And this lack of sexual dimorphism could definitely come across as androgynous, especially to our eyes.
I don’t think the elves were completely androgynous, because Tolkien (despite saying there were less differences between them) also made pains to distinguish them, so this is important. That said, I also don’t its fair to compare elves to human standards of what constitutes androgyny/androgynous looks, because they weren’t human. If we’re viewing the varying subsets of Eldar as is (see: literal and at face value), then they would almost certainly have had different standards on this then we do. Different peoples are like that.