Thursday, May 1, 2008

Elves. Heh.

French Military History

Is there a good example of Elven military victory? The most in depth fantasy history out there is the collection of works by Tolkien describing the history of Middle Earth. In almost every case, the elves are great at snatching a defeat out of the jaws of victory.

Much like the French. Lets consider - both have a lovely, lyrical language. Both have a love for and appreciation of all things epicurean. Both favor artistic expression over martial prowess.

So, Elves = French?

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Anonymous said...

Always thought of elves as being finnish. Tall, blonde, beautiful. Also I read somewhere that Tolkien based the elven languages on finnish, don't know if that's ture though.

chuck said...

All jokes about the Elves being French aside - I think that you are correct, I recall reading the same thing. And some of the Ainur (from the Silmarillion) bear names similar to some ancient Finnish mythical figures.