It’s Just A Job – High Elves

This is a continuation of the It’s just a Job series, that has survived the loss of the blog, transition to the newsletter, newsletter/blog hybrid and back to this blog again.

Some of the series can be found on my articles pages, including the most recent installment, Dark Elves, and those such as the Demon Hunter post.

Wikipedia defines High Elves as:

…a tall, slim and regal built race. They are seen as a noble race, and tend to be beautiful or handsome in appearance. Elves are a paled skinned race. Elves are strong and agile in comparison with humans and are often seen as more intelligent and wiser. Elves have a longer life span than humans do. Elves build refined weapons that are seen as master craftsmanship by other races. They use swords, bows and lances mainly they don’t like using crossbows or gunpowder weapons.

High Elves should be instantly familiar to mass audiences nearly everywhere in the world now thanks to Peter Jackson, who made them famous through his adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.  J.R.R. Tolkein stole High Elves from Nordic mythology almost unchanged.  He even gave them an undying land to escape to when they were weary of Middle Earth, Tolkein’s version of Midgard, the Nordic mythological name for Earth.  In Nordic mythology, the High Elves live in Álfheimr, apart from humans, but they interact from time to time.

Elves in modern, popular fiction have grown beyond this sketchy cultural framework into staple race of high fantasy.  They’re sometimes seen in fantasy romance, urban fantasy romance (including mine).

Ellora’s Cave novels that feature elves:

Elf Song by Samantha Winston

Merlin’s Song by Samantha Winston

Llewellyn’s Song by Samantha Winston

Destiny’s Trinities series by Teal Ceagh

Trace’s Psychic by Jory Strong

Three For All by Cindy Spencer Pape

Masquerade of the Cursed King by Vanessa N. Gilfoy

Guardian of the Onyx Empire by Vanessa N. Gilfoy

 

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