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- Marriage ceremonies were considered a courtesy rather than a necessity in Elvish culture. Instead, the Elves saw sex as the final step towards marriage. Ceremonies for Elvish couples were often skipped in times of hardship and war (Morgoth’s Ring - “Laws and Customs Among the Eldar”).
- The Elves saw both sexes as equal and did not always conform to gender roles. Any profession or task could be pursued by any Elf regardless of whether they were male or female (Morgoth’s Ring - “Laws and Customs Among the Eldar”).
- Many women in the Haladin of the First Age were warriors. Haleth, chieftain of the Haladin, had a hand-picked all-female bodyguard to protect her during her rule in Beleriand (The Peoples of Middle-earth - “Of Dwarves and Men”).
- A large amount of the humans in the Folk of Bëor had darker skin than the norm of those inhabiting the north of Middle-earth, some being swarthy (The Peoples of Middle-earth - “Of Dwarves and Men”).
- Not all of the Easterlings agreed with their allegiance with Sauron. When the Blue Wizards arrived in the far east during the Second Age, they helped the Easterlings opposed to the rule of Sauron start uprisings which greatly reduced the power of Sauron’s human allies even into the Third Age (The Peoples of Middle-earth - “Last Writings”).
Reblogging because these facts are quite relevant and not many people have knowledge of them.
Also, I’m laughing because:
"But when the Valar entered into Eä, they were at first astounded and at a loss, for it was as if naught was yet made which they had seen in vision, and all was yet on point to begin and yet unshaped, and it was dark."
Valar, you didn’t read the small print: “One World. Some assembly required.”
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