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  1. #51
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I picked one because they wouldn't let a hobbit be an LM

    ... I'm guessing there was nowhere to put the staff?

    ... That, or Yoda took the last one?

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    ever since reading the stories of Drizzt i try to play as dark elves if they are available, if they arn't then i make an elf and make it look as evil as i can :P
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I chose an elf because I like the way they look, I wanted to play a hunter and elves have naturally higher agility, elves have always seemed so mysterious and ethereal to me after reading the books, and I'm a fan of Legolas in general.

    What bugs me about elves in the game is they are unnecessarily rude and petty (NPCs), and they wallow in self-pity (so not the lore).

    Elves were growing weary of Middle Earth and its troubles in many ways, yes, but in the books they didn't snap snobbishly at everyone they met or moan and groan all the time. Legolas was quite serene and cheerful in even the most stressful situations and Galadriel and Elrond were at the very least polite and mature about their difficulties and troubles.

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Quote Originally Posted by Celebria View Post
    What bugs me about elves in the game is they are unnecessarily rude and petty (NPCs), and they wallow in self-pity (so not the lore).

    Elves were growing weary of Middle Earth and its troubles in many ways, yes, but in the books they didn't snap snobbishly at everyone they met or moan and groan all the time. Legolas was quite serene and cheerful in even the most stressful situations and Galadriel and Elrond were at the very least polite and mature about their difficulties and troubles.
    Agreed! I think it shows a serious misunderstanding of Elves on Turbine's part. Elves certainly did have their own worries and regrets, but in game they come across as shallow and pathetic. Elves are a very complex people, but you have to wonder when practically every one portrays them badly.
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    Talking Re: Why You Picked An elf

    The Warden, Helvannen Redeemer of Men...

    Charged by Elrond himself to investigate happenings around Archet, Bree, and dealing with the mysterious "Sharky" (which I may have spelled wrong).

    Upon exploring and seeking clues to the bandits throughout Bree-Land, he encountered a Champion named Ameera Tryanel (my wife)-- daughter of an old companion named Terrentius Tryanel (my main). During his departure from Rohan after the corruption that he began to see because of Grima Wormtongue, Ameera and her mother Braiony experienced difficulties in the land. After a great argument, Ameera left her mother to find where her father has gone after all these years.

    It was at that point that Helvannen saw the "poor girl" being ambushed by robbers. In his strict duty to defend mankind he jumped forward to attack. Before he got a single javelin thrown, Ameera had pulled out two swords and made easy work of the band of brigands. She thanked him for his attempt and found him curious. Upon exchanging names, Helvannen realized who's daughter she was and vowed to help her find him.

    It did not take long until it finally happened -- they met. Getting caught up in stories of the One Ring and with Aragorn and Gandalf charging them with duties, Ameera and Helvannen continued to defend not just Men, but all of Eriador. Yet they are beginning to hear Rhovanian beckon them.


    So yes. All that to say, my wife and I love to make up stories for our characters and that's where Helvannen came from. Not my first elf, but definitely my favourite and the deepest story. So important that I'm actually going to incorporate them somewhat into a novel I'm working on (which they'll have nothing to do with LOTR, but the names and character personalities will come into play).
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Process of elimination for me.

    7 chara slots, 5 of them are Man. 2 Hobbits. But I didn't quite like my Hobbit Warden... so I was only left with Elf.

    But so far... quite pleased with being an Elf Warden
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Since I first read The Silmarillion back in 1977 I have drawn, roleplayed and essentially geeked-out on the Elves and the rich tapestry Tolkien created to flesh out their history. I try to read the Silmarillion yearly to soak up the lore more thoroughly. This is my first MMO and the only reason I am here is to enjoy Turbine's take on Tolkien's world and roleplay Elves. Although I have a Hobbit and a Dwarf (no race of Man) all my characters are Elves who try to keep with what would be lore-appropriate.

    I recommend reading The Silmarillion to anyone who wishes to understand the history of Elves, Dwarves and Men as well as the great evil that has always had some sort of influence on Middle-earth. It's all in there.

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I picked an elf because of the awesome race skills they get like eldar's grace.... O wait.... does anyone ever use that





    ......no...

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Quote Originally Posted by SonofInnocence View Post
    So important that I'm actually going to incorporate them somewhat into a novel I'm working on (which they'll have nothing to do with LOTR, but the names and character personalities will come into play).
    All the best with that ^_^ *is a published writer and knows the highs and lows of it all too well*

    As for myself, I looked at the other 'races' and none is very graceful. The facial expressions of the human females scare me >.< and the hobbits just aren't speaking to me either. Female elves to me personally appear the most feminine, and as I am feminine, my main chars have to reflect that or I just can't identify with them. I managed to drive my human burg up to 40, but find it hard to keep going, simply because I don't like the harshness the character radiates somehow :'/ but others might find the human females very graceful, and I'd not wish to argue with that, just personal interpretation of femininity, I guess.
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    All of my characters are elves (excluding my cappy and burg but i don't really play them) and it is because Elves are just plain AWESOME! And good looking LOL!

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I wanted a Loremaster and didn't particularly like the look of humans, although they grew on me. Also, Tolkein Elves are superb, masters of war, art, culture etc. Plus I've always liked Elves, and I was denied a decent looking one back in my days of wandering Azeroth. Dragonball Z much?
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Because I've always been fascinated by Elves. I think that's the gist of why everyone here chose one as their main.
    So many are still waiting for their new beginning. Their birth by sleep. Even me, and even you.


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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I went with an elf because the higher agility fits nicely with the hunter class. I also like the way they look and the lore behind them.
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    I picked an elf for my Rune-Keeper because frankly, I cant stand dwarves, and elves are the more magically attuned race so to me it made a lot of sense. And he's from Rivendell.

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Playing a game based on Tolkien? Why would you play anything OTHER than an elf or a hobbit?

    I agree that the elvish NPCs in the game are usually badly presented, tho. Where's the singing? Where's the dancing and making merry under the stars? What's with all the whining and attitude?

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Because elves are fair, beautiful, and graceful.
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    I picked an elf because Tolkien's elves are incredibly thought out to me. They are the perfect mix of vulnerability (sadness due to evil) and power (Legolas, Gil-Galad, Fingolfin).
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    My little brother asked me that same question, like "why did you choose an elf, they're thin, refined and agile and you're fat and brute? Have you seen an elf with a belly?" "Then I'm breaking new ground!"

    But seriously, I haven't finished reading the Fellowship of the Ring, didn't make it past the Barrows chapters, I've only read The Hobbit once. But The Silmarillion is another beast, is beyond awesome and grabs me back again and again, with all the "beauty of sad things" flowing through the pages, and all the great stories piling one after another. So it was a no-brainer.

    Some people like elves for the pointy ears, because they look badass, have all that agility bonus and stuff, the racial return to Rivendell, etc.

    I liked the idea of playing a char that looked too young yet was too old, that knew paradise yet decided to leave, that loves music and crafting and knowledge yet values simple things, that experienced hubris, treachery and yet wants to redeem himself, not for the past he can't change but for the future he wants to leave behind and the lands he wants to defend, even if it costs him his immortality.

    So yeah, elves pwn.

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I chose an elf because elves have always been my favorite fantasy race, they're just plain cool!

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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I picked an Elf because whenever I play any RPG I always pick an Archer Class (Ranger, Hunter etc) and Elves are typically the best Archers.

    I also picked an Elf as I tend to play solo and wander off into the wilderness which again seems to be typical behaviour for an elf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melureus View Post
    I liked the idea of playing a char that looked too young yet was too old, that knew paradise yet decided to leave, that loves music and crafting and knowledge yet values simple things, that experienced hubris, treachery and yet wants to redeem himself, not for the past he can't change but for the future he wants to leave behind and the lands he wants to defend, even if it costs him his immortality.
    ^ Beautifully put, and I totally agree with this--it's part of why I chose an elf as well. That, and I think an elf fits a lore-master better than a human. Although I'd certainly like a hobbit lore-master. =P

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirandilas View Post
    I also picked an Elf as I tend to play solo and wander off into the wilderness which again seems to be typical behaviour for an elf.
    LOTRO is my second mmorpg, and when I first started playing them, one of the things I was looking forward to was--quite literally--"getting lost" in a forest or a castle or... Simply just wandering around, exploring. My first mmo didn't really offer much, but LOTRO is like a dream come true.
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    I have to admit this, I think Elves are way cool ... but I can't play one .... I think it's the way they look in game, I've started a few but ended up deleting them. I am planning to start a LM and I'm determined this time to not leave the creation area till I get it right... They are to my mind the hardest character to create. And guy Elves have better hairstyles ...
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I picked an Elf for many reasons.
    To name a few:
    1. Traditionally playing table top games, I chose elves.
    2. I like the graceful beauty and connection to nature. though the graceful doesn't really show in how they move in game.
    3. Elves excel at bowmanship which is something I have always liked. I prefer ranged DPS.
    4. My favorite characters in the Tolkein books are all Elves.
    5. Physically in stature in RL I am tall and thin. I probably feel an affinity towards them because of that.
    6. The Elven architecture and attitude are more to my liking.
    7. I have somewhat of a bias against men and Dwarves mostly due to canon. Men are weak willed and easily corruptible and Dwarves are greedy spoilers of nature ... over-mining and they are ill-mannered. But these are story based bias not how I really feel, in truth I could care less. I am sure it lends itself to my choice when choosing Elves to play in game though.
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    Predestination, maybe? (My mother read The Hobbit to me and my sister at bedtime, a chapter at a time, when we were little -- back in the First Age.) I've played female Elf rangers/hunters since I started playing tabletop D&D at age 10. The race just seems to fit right, like an especially comfortable pair of hiking boots (and speaking of those, all the forest wandering that was also part of my childhood probably plays a role too). Seeing Lothlórien for the first time in game felt oddly like coming home.
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    Re: Why You Picked An elf

    I mainly created Mereithor (my first Elven character) because I wanted to explore the Elven half of the storyline of Ered Luin after going through it with Hringoril, my Dwarven Champion. I created him as a Hunter because I had yet to try out a ranged character after the three melee characters I created (Baralur and Denenthera on the Man side on Imladris, and Hringoril on the Dwarf side in Meneldor) and because Elves and Archers are a natural fit in general.

    I have created three more Elven characters (one of them being a lovely female Champion named Eldradhis), but I'm particularly fond of Fandethar on Firefoot. He's a Guardian, and is particularly tall and built for an Elf while at the same time being one of my prettiest characters, and much like my other Guardians in this game, he can take a beating like nobody's business.

 

 
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