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Re: CHAT: fantasy (was: Re: history of conlanging)

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Tuesday, November 30, 1999, 11:02
> Grandsire, C.A. <grandsir@...> comunu: > > > I know, Tolkien himself said that the word "Elves" was only a way (and > > maybe not the best way) to translate in English the word "Quendi" that > > they used to refer to themselves, and that they had nothing in common > > with the "Elves" of the popular view. > > In fact, in the original draft of The Book Of Lost Tales he called them > Gnomes.
(who became the Noldor, iirc) The way I think of Elves is in terms of "Alfred". If a great king is named for being counselled by elves, then presumably elves must be sagacious and venerable and, furthermore, in some sense englishly autochthonous. I imagine a more sophisticated version of this idea was dominant in inception of the conception of Middle Earth elves. --And.