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OT: elves and jinn (was Re: [...] THE WORLD OF THE JINN)

From:Jörg Rhiemeier <joerg_rhiemeier@...>
Date:Thursday, October 16, 2003, 19:39
On Wed, 15 Oct 2003 22:16:56 +1300,
Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...> wrote:

> I had read it through the points about the Jinn as fire spirits and thought, > that since elves are often referred to on this list (Elves who in Tolkien's > world shared a good many features of fire spirits, with the greatest of the > Noldor craftsmen, Feanaro, being named thus for his fiery spirit), people > _might_ be interested in reading about such fire spirits from a different > religious and cultural viewpoint.
Well, Tolkien's Elves are not invisible, immaterial spirits made from some sort of "smokeless fire", but beings of flesh and blood; but then, there are about as many answers to the question "What are elves?" as there are people you ask, and surely, jinn or similar beings are indeed a conlang opportunity, and if I am not mistaken, Danny Wier's Techians (who are also "mistakenly" referred to as "Elves") are incarnate jinn. The Elves who speak Nur-ellen, however, are humans, nothing else. Jörg.


Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>