elves: Indic counterpart?

Allen W Thrasher athr at LOC.GOV
Tue May 24 19:34:50 UTC 2005

Tolkien's elves are slightly taller than the average human being, which I believe was the more common opinion in England before Shakespeare got to them.  Fairies also were tall, usually. 

There is a good discussion of this sort of lore in the chapter "The longaevi" in C.S. Lewis's The Discarded Image: an introduction to medieval and Renaissance literature."



Joanna Kirk wrote: 
"It would be most interesting to know what words the Thai translation of
Tolkien uses to describe his various mini-beings (I assume they are
mini-beings, as I've not read Tolkien)."

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