Yes, elves. Fifty-four percent of Icelanders either believe in them or say it's possible they exist. Roads have been diverted around boulders where the elves, or álfar in Icelandic, supposedly reside. A former member of parliament even swears his life was saved in a car accident by a family of elves.
Like men of the time, elves lived in kingdoms found in forests, meadows, or hollowed-out tree trunks. Elves, fairies, and leprechauns are all closely related in folklore, though elves specifically seem to have sprung from early Norse mythology.
Powers and Abilities. Elves of all races have special abilities with some being more powerful than others (Especially between High Elves and Half-Breeds.) Magic: Elves can control certain abilities through will and to many it is considered "Magic".
If your kids purposefully touch their Elf on the Shelf, you can have their elf spend a day away at the North Pole. Write a brief letter from your elf to explain that because they were touched, they have to spend the day getting their magic fixed at the North Pole and there will be no fun antics happening that day.
To ensure that no one is slain without worth and reason, the elves consume the dead. Human, dwarf or even other elves are butchered and cooked according to taste. With long lives that often see a great deal of battle, some Elves become masters at preparing certain species for the feast.
Their families and friends can visit them, but it's not very fun. So yes, if an elf is killed in battle, her death will separate her from any loved ones she has on Middle-earth as her spirit travels to Valinor to be re-embodied. But her elven friends and family know they'll see her again eventually.
Elves are naturally immortal; like the Ainur, they are bound to Arda until its End. Elves are immune to all diseases, and they can recover from wounds which would normally kill a mortal Man. Nonetheless, Elves can be physically slain or die of grief and weariness.
But if you read The Night Before Christmas, the 1822 poem that established Santa's modern form, you'll see that he's not a big guy at all. He's an elf. He's not even a little bit big. And this is not even alluded to; it's stated very clearly.
Age: Although elves reach physical maturity at about the same age as Humans, the elven understanding of Adulthood goes beyond physical growth to encompass worldly experience. An elf typically claims Adulthood and an adult name around the age of 100 and can live to be 750 years old.
However, the elves found in the works of the 20th-century philologist and fantasy writer J. R. R. Tolkien have formed the view of elves in modern fantasy like no other singular source. The first appearance of modern fantasy elves occurred in The King of Elfland's Daughter, a 1924 novel by Lord Dunsany.
By age eight, kids begin to acknowledge the unlikeliness of one man travelling the world in a single night. The good news? If you started the tradition of Elf on the Shelf in your household, you can likely send the elf into early retirement around your child's eighth Christmas.
Many elves at the North Pole make Christmas possible each year with direction from the Big Man in Red himself, Santa! But only some of the elves are Santa's official Scout Elves who interact with families and fly to homes around the world each year.
Tolkien never describes his Elves as white skinned. There's no reason to believe that all Elves had pale skin, and even if all Elves had pale skin not all people with pale skin are white. It is okay to imagine Elves however you imagine them.
Just like you, elves cannot survive on food alone! When it comes time to wash down a meal, elves drink a lot of the same beverages as you: a cold glass of milk with their chocolate chip cookies, freshly squeezed orange juice or even North Pole snow melted to make a glass of water.
Trance. Elves don't need to sleep. Instead, they meditate deeply, remaining semiconscious, for 4 hours a day. (The Common word for such meditation is “trance.”) While meditating, you can dream after a fashion; such dreams are actually mental exercises that have become reflexive through years of practice.
When elves die they go to Valinor and eventually their spirits are incarnated in new bodies. Elves who die or are killed go to the Halls of Mandos in Valinor. After a certain period of time and rest, their spirits (fëar) are incarnated in bodies (hröar) identical to their old ones.
The elvish afterlife is actually described very clearly in Tolkien's essay “Laws and Customs Among the Eldar.” Here I'll just give the short version: When an elf dies, their spirit (fea) is separated from their body (hroa). Their fea is summoned to the Halls of Mandos.
After Morgoth was defeated, the Valar once again invited the Elves to come to Valinor, but some of the high Elves chose to stay in Middle-earth for a while (Galadriel, for example). They also gave the Elves a desire buried deep within them - that could arise at any time - to seek out the Blessed Realm.
Their greatest weakness is their constant underestimation of their foes. No one knows as much as they say they do, they can't do what they think they can, and sometimes those pesky mortals one-up them. This would probably make the elves suffer from … Wrath.
In fact, there's a good bit of evidence to suggest that they did eat meat. There are several mentions in all three stories of elves hunting (and I find it hard to believe that they would do so purely for sport, without eating the meat of the animals they killed.)