are elven ears pointy?

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  1. RagnarRocker

    RagnarRocker New Member

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    many seem to think so, i think it looks goofy

    anyway, i can't seem to find anything in my books (only have the trilogy and sil handy right now) about elven ears at all, so is the pointy ear thing just some weird D&D/hollywood assumption?
     
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    it depends, i think, what kind of elf it is...or who the author/director/thinker is.
    my ears are pointy :)
     
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    Ragnar, helps you tell them apart from the men. ;)
    I've never read anywhere that elves having pointy ears is mentioned. But in most mythologies they do.
     
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    Tolkien never mentioned that elves have pointy ears. It was a movie idea they came up with.
     
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    byzantine warrior Autokratos Konstantinou

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    I think in HOME he says that the elves of the forest had "more organicly shaped ears"
     
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    I heard, and I am not sue it was JRRT, but Elves had pointy ears so that they could hear the voices of the gods.
     
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    That's sounds beautiful.

    Personally, I'm a big supporter of ''Do-not-have-pointy-ears''-school. Elves are in every way like Men, except that they have poorer manners ;).

    However, I've heard from the Scholars of Tolkienism that the Master himself has left us two clues that seem to support the ''Pointy Ears''-movement. Firstly, hobbits are described to have ''leaf-shaped, slightly Elven ears'', and secondly, the Quenyan words ''leaf'' and ''ear'' share the same stem (''las'', as far as I remember).

    So, can't blame Hollywood alone on this ;).
     
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    When Aragorn first saw Arwen, he recognized her by the Elven light in her eyes, not her big honking ears. I would think everything about elves would be aesthetically pleasing. Those big pointy ears certainly aren't.
     
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    I always thought they looked rather shapely;):p

    I don't know if Tolkien wrote anything about pointy ears, but I seem to recall that in the original pictures in his hard-cover books the elves had pointy ears. Surely Tolkien wouldn't put in pictures that didn't dipict what he meant:)
     
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    i happen to think pointy ears are aesthetically pleasing...but thats me :p
     
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    I think somewhere he (one of the Tolkeins) did state that they were pointed, in a subtle manner at least.

    I dont remember him saying they were huge or anything though, just pointed...
     
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    i think that everyone, including the filmakers assumed that elves and faeries have pointy ears
     
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    Tolkien never ever stated elven ears were pointy.
     
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    He never explicitly stated their ears were pointed, but:

    From http://tolkien.slimy.com/essays/Ears.html

    Unless the word after "leaf-shaped than" was something extremely dull and "non-pointy", it's safe to say that ears of the Eldar were leaf-shaped and pointed, at least moreso than those of the Edain.
     
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    finrod Born to woe.

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    I take back everything I said.
     
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    Thank you for the link, Sabishii :). One of the best short essays I've read on the subject this far.
     
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    i think elven ears are definately pointy. its kinda dangerous though. someone might whisper something to an elf but their eyes would get poked out and all scratched
     
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    Meteorain Magical & Mystical

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    tradionally if you look at anything that involves elves of any sort they mostly have pointy ears....i think they ears i like this beacuse it reflects their whole body as being sleek and thin (not rounded but more 'pointy'!!!)