Many elves resided in enormous underground cities in northern Mirkwood, such as Nargothrond, Menegroth, and Thranduil's halls. According to The Silmairllion, the Noldor erected cities of stone, and in those cities they built both dwellings and towers of stone. Tolkien, J.R.R. Bilbo visits the Raft-elves' cottages. He describes them as "very like hobbit holes, only larger and not quite so cozy."
They were usually located near woods or streams where food could be found, and often had views of the mountains. They were usually made of mud and straw with a roof of wood and thatch or clay.
Elven houses were always safe from intruders, even when the city was attacked. If the city was captured, the elves would go into hiding until they could regain their strength and fight again. However, if the city was destroyed, they would simply move away unless they found another home first.
In Valinor many elves lived in large castles made of gold and silver. These were the homes of the rulers of Mirkwood and the north.
Elves not only constructed houses, but also chairs, beds, tables, wardrobes, lockers, and nearly every other form of furniture that might be found in such well-kept residences. In fact, an elf house was the standard dwelling place for most elves.
Elves created all forms of transportation that could be used by humans, from horses to airplanes. They even invented some devices that are still in use today, such as telescopes and clocks.
In addition to their own kind, elves were the only creatures allowed in the paradise earth where they lived. This evil deity, who had cursed all elves to hide them from human view, decided that no other creature should know that they existed. He had all of his minions kill any elf that was captured or killed by a human.
In time, fewer and fewer elves were being saved by their brethren from extinction. The last one was a young girl named Elli. She vowed to save her people from death. Using her magical powers, she transformed herself into a young man named Elrik. He was the strongest elf there ever was and he went on to fight against evil together with humans.
Today, elves exist only in mythology and fairy tales. However, their memory lives on through various traditions, such as Christmas and Hallowe'en.
|Type||Refuge of the Elves Hidden Refuge|
|Other name(s)||Imladris Karningul Last Homely House East of the Sea|
|Location||eastern Eriador: a western valley of the Misty Mountains|
The three "clans" of elves that finally arrived in Middle-earth were the Vanyar, the Noldor, and the Teleri, but the Vanyar had mostly fled by the time the novels were written. The elves of Rivendell (Elrond and his clan) were of Noldor lineage, whilst the "wood elves" of Lothlorien were largely Telerin. There were also "shadow elves" who lived in the darkness under the mountains, but they are not mentioned by name in the books.
There are several different types of elves described in The Lord of the Rings. They can be divided into four groups: those of Rivendell, Lothlorien, the Greenwood, and the Shady Places. Within these groups are further divisions based on traits such as appearance, culture, and role within the elf communities.
Elves are a noble people with a proud history who have always played an important part in Middle-earth society. They are wise and powerful magic users who can take on any form they choose. Although they can live for hundreds of years, most remain youthful looking forever.
In The Lord of the Rings, there are many references to elves living long ago before the coming of Men. Some speculate that these ancient elves might have been the forefathers of the modern day elves found in Middle-earth today. No one is sure though, as no evidence of their civilization has ever been discovered.
Wood elves want to have as little influence on their natural environment as possible, which is reflected in their building. They lay their furnishings with care and build their homes out of fieldstone; some even dwell in trees and caverns. Some humans even pass past wood elf settlements unnoticed. Wood elves simply build themselves a home where they can be alone once again.
A wood elf house tends to be small and simple, usually only consisting of a single room with a stone fireplace and a bed carved from a tree trunk. There is no kitchen, since wood elves are not food-oriented and don't need anything more than a place to sleep and hide from the world. If they stay in one place for an extended period of time, they will eventually carve out a cave or hollow out a tree stump and call it home.
Wood elves aren't social creatures and prefer their solitude to human interaction, but that doesn't mean they hate other people. In fact, many wood elves enjoy the company of humans and will often take refuge in villages or castles if faced with danger. They are loyal friends who will fight by your side during war times or against dangerous monsters.
As far as marriage goes, wood elves don't need any help from religion or society to tie the knot. Two willing adults of legal age can get married without anyone's approval or consent. Children are welcome so long as both parents agree to raise them together.