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May 16, 2013


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Alright can I just say how much I love the elves in the Elder Scrolls

J.R.R. Tolkien popularized elves as these otherworldly, divinely beautiful creatures which sorta established the standard for the race in all modern fantasy that came after. They're nearly immortal, distant, and to me, plain boring. Then around comes Morrowind, the game that really made me fall in love with TES, its world and its lore!! The elves of TES have a long history, and each subrace has their own cultural identity. The elves no longer just sit in their Crystal ivory towers (well I guess some of them do) and sing to their trees or whatever - they're flawed, complicated PEOPLE, and extremely proud of who they are. The haughty Altmer, the hostile Dunmer from the Ashlands, the cannibalistic Bosmer, the late Dwemer and their scientific achievements…. when was the last time any elves modeled after Tolkien's work had this much cultural diversity??

I love the fact that Bethesda actually created some of the most interesting, unusual cultures in the series for them. I love reading about them. I love their history. I love their aesthetics, which are exotic and uniquely beautiful. Just the amount of THOUGHT that has gone into creating the finer details of their cultures is incredible to me and has inspired me for the past decade.

tl;dr: hnnnngh TES elves
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GeminiBrain Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
well there is the silmarillion which tells quite a lot about the tolkien elves etc., a really complicated book though to read, but it's mindblowing and tragic.
I have to agree that they are kinda boring in lotr but when I read the silmarillion I changed my mind, there is quite a lot 
about them actually! 
Tobassinesia Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2013
Oh, and not to mention the Maormer and their awesome transparentness. If only we could have gotten the chance to see them... I bet they were like those transculent fishes and you could see all their insides and sterff. |-D
BlackTurkey Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2013  Student Digital Artist
(Though I am more of an Argonian player-Good God almighty, I really do like the visual appeal, their attitudes, and history! (I tell ya, I love the Argonians as much as I love TES Elves and Dragon Age Elves.))
Eleima Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Well spoken. I could not have put it better myself.

Here's hoping this spurs you into more TES art, your TES fan art is the most beautiful and haunting I've ever come across (the Bitter Coast and Ald'ruhn come to mind).
Kogouma Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love TES Elves. mostly the Bosmer though. i have at least one or two Bosmer characters on each of the TES games i own (Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim. though i can't play Morrowind anymore because it's not compatible with my 360 Dx.) hell, my first character i ever made, on the first TES game i ever played (Morrowind) was a Bosmer named Anaiya. i loved her to death, got over a million gold my taunting the Ordinators of Vivec City and then selling their armor to that trader in Raven Rock. but then my game glitched and wouldn't load for me anymore...
blackmorn Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013
Tolkein Elves Suck. I prefer Midkemian Elves.


Created by beings who thought them selves gods "The Valheru" as servants. Valheru go bye bye the elves split into factions Seven of them. the main two being the "Light Elves" and TheDarkBrotherhood.
my-ain-sel Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh gawd I want a Bosmer game with all these gigantic forests, huge towering thick oak trees and trees that walk, the strangest of the elves with houses made of bones, hiding round every thicket waiting to stick an arrow in your eye and roast you on a spit.

Thanks in advance Bethesda.
Sihlaryn Featured By Owner May 26, 2013
TES elves forever.... in my heart.
Waittiz Featured By Owner May 24, 2013   Digital Artist
I also agree with what you wrote here, though after getting all nuts about Dunmer in Morrowind I stumbled across some Forgotten Realms books - and if you compare their elves to TES ones there's quite a lot of similarity between them. Though whereas FR 'light elves' seem to be all-good and dark elves all-evil (except for a few individuals) TES elves have more variation in their personalities even amongst one race.

But anyway... I want to move to Vvardenfell (the TES III: Morrowind -time Vvardenfell, maybe a bit less to what became of it after the eruption of Red Mountain...)
SuperCharlieLover Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
While the elves aren't my favorite Skyrim characters, I do agree with you about their design scheme. I wouldn't be pleased if they were all sparkly and overly mystical (like Edward on steroids).
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