Tolkien had a real thing for elves: they're beautiful, they're immortal, they're wise, they're moral, they're good at everything ... ugh. D&D followed the standard depiction while trying to keep them sort-of balanced, and ended up with frail critters who nevertheless are the oldest and noblest race.
Originally Posted by ajmuszkiewicz
I was thinking this evening about turning fantasy tropes on their head. (Yes, again.) What if the elves were short-lived, clannish, fractious, and unlikeable pointy-eared jerks, who just looked pretty? What if the dwarfs were in fact true guardians of nature and wilderness, from the bones of the earth to mountain peaks, wise and immortal, reticent among mortals yet capable of great mirth?
Nah, wouldn't work. Orlando Bloom has more fans than Warwick Davis.
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