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Biographical Information
LanguageEnglish (and a little Sindarin)
Edit Count 554
Physical Description
Hair colourMedium brown
Eye colourHazel
Contact Information
Talk pageElf-esteem
John Howe - Icon Elves.jpg This user supports Elves.
lore-3 This user has an advanced understanding of J.R.R. Tolkien's works.
Catherine Karina Chmiel - Feanor.jpg This user believes Fëanor and his sons were mass-murderers with evil aims. But they may still redeem.
<ref> This user recognises the importance of citing sources.
Elf This user supports Elves over any other race.
FirefoxLogo.png This user contributes using Mozilla Firefox.
Olanda Fong-Surdenas - The Balrog of Moria.jpg This user is not sure if Balrogs have wings, but would like to think so.
<3m This Gatekeeper has contributed to Tolkien Gateway for under three months.

Hi. I'm Elf-esteem.

I'll research almost anything that has to do with Tolkien's Elves. I like referring to Tolkien Gateway as a 'reliable resource' when fact checking something because I can cross-reference my books from the reference links. I do so much writing about the Elves anyway that I figured I might as well lend a hand here and there.

My main Tolkien reference material includes: The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Histories of Middle-earth - in particular, Morgoth's Ring, The War of the Jewels, and The Peoples of Middle-earth. However, I do sometimes use the Book of Lost Tales (both I and II), Tolkien's published letters, and Unfinished Tales which has great reference material for Sindar-Silvan Elves. Rarely, a reference from The Children of Hurin or as I call it, Sadness: The Extended Edition, may be used.

Not all of these references agree, and some of it leads to a conflict of ideas, characterizations, and plot elements that J. R. R. Tolkien never really resolved. I'm pretty much okay with this. To me, if Tolkien wrote it or it was compiled and edited by Christopher Tolkien, it is a reliable canonical reference. Some do not agree with Middle-earth 'canon' extending beyond Silmarillion, Hobbit, and LotR, and that's fine. Some do not even include The Silmarillion as Middle-earth canon, which makes me sad because. . . Elves.

But canonical disagreements aside, the references from the Legendarium will be there, and it's up to the reader to make their own choices.


I prefer to write with two spaces between sentences, and it bothers me a little, visually, that the format here defaults to one space. It does not look right to me, but, it is what it is.

I'll save my headcanon musing and #feels for tumblr and stick to what Tolkien wrote with the related meta essays. Whenever possible, I will dispel fanon. (I will stab it in the face with a pencil!) Ahem, I mean, I will logically refer to canon to clarify misunderstandings.

Although I favor the Elves above all others in Middle-earth, my favorite Edain character is Niënor, and my favorite sad ship is Aegnor X Andreth.


My tumblr blog commentary, stories, and opinions do not represent the Tolkien Gateway site in any way. Those posts are solely my responsibility. If there are questions or comments about my blog, please contact me via tumblr regarding the post(s) in question.

Articles that I participate in writing, correcting, or amending for Tolkien Gateway are part of a community effort and will adhere to their standards.