|Language||English (and a little Sindarin)|
|Occupation||teaches Honors English and Advanced Placement English Literature|
|Gender||"I am no man!"|
|Hair colour||Medium brown|
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.
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 will be there, and it's up to the reader to make their own choices.
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.