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NegruVoda 18/Dec/2006 at 04:50 AM
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I’m stating to see a trend in representing elves with pirceings, so I thought it would be anice question. Would the Qundy (more exactly the Calaquendi) sport earerings? I’m not refering just to wemen but also to males. Would they?
(My guess is no as Tolkein was a devout Catholic, and they don’t like such things...)
Phil_d_one 18/Dec/2006 at 09:51 AM
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I’d agree with you when you guess that the Elves would not have ear or body piercings, but this has nothing to do with Tolkien’s beliefs (I was not personally aware that Catholocism has anything to say about piercings, though this is not the place for such a discussion). The answer to questions like these can usually be found by using another question: ’Does the idea make sense within the context of Tolkien’s Middle-earth?’. Historically, piercings in Middle-earth is only a vague possibility, since the earliest records of decorative piercings are apparantly far later than the period occupied by Tolkien’s writings (c.10,000-4000 BC). And, though this is far less concrete, does the idea seem to fit in the literary basis of the Elves that Tolkien gives us? I’d say no, assuredly, but perhaps you disagree.
NegruVoda 18/Dec/2006 at 12:28 PM
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No actualy I agree, yet something in me tends to think that possibly such forms of decorations would somehow belong in Middle-Earth....

P.S: I don’t know for sre about Catholics, but an Orthodox nun almost ripped my ear apart once
Kinarear 18/Dec/2006 at 12:31 PM
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I don’t think elves would cut holes in their ears or bodys to stuff rings in them, anyway elves are pretty good looking so they don’t need bits of stuff hanfging from their ears.

NegruVoda 18/Dec/2006 at 01:44 PM
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I was asking about ear piearcings not body-piercings
Morgil 18/Dec/2006 at 05:41 PM
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Tolkien’s, or anyone else’s, possible religious prejudices have no place here on the Plaza as religous topics are not allowed.

Considering the time in which Tolkien lived and the associated values of same, I would say that piercings among males would not have been present, let alone common. Face it, only in the last few years has it become common for males to sport pierced ears. As it was a social taboo in Tolkien’s own time, it is highly unlikely that he would have introduced any such fashion trend in Middle-earth. 

King Gothmog 22/Dec/2006 at 04:18 PM
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I don’t know really though it seems an odd idea that demi-perfect beings like the elves would willingly stick sharp things into themselves.  However, It could fit the timetable (sort of, since the numbers Phil gives us make most things impossible including steel, plate armor, explosives, ect.) since the Persians pierced themselves as did many African and Indo-European tribes at roughly 2000 BC.