Monster Origin: Elves (Sorry, Mr. Tolkien)

We all know the standard fantasy elf.   Tall, noble, blonde, fantastic archers, blah blah blah blah.  This was made famous by Lord of the Rings and it has been a tradition in fantasy books that use elves.  They always hate dwarves.  They always live in woods.  They’re immortal, beautiful . . . have you got your elf-hate on yet?   Good because I made them just like that only shorter lived, varied hair colors, and less perfect.  There’s also the former demonic thing, which is what brings me to this post.

At some point, I got fed up with elves and decided to give them a horribly dark past.  They are a younger race than all of the other species, including human.  This tends to go against the ‘Elves were here first’ tradition, which makes me smile.  Now, a group of gods were born and needed their own race.  They wished for perfection and designed the elves.  It would have been a great plan, but a group of Orc gods didn’t like the idea.  They threw demon blood into the mixture, corrupting the elves and turning them into the brutal, monstrous Hejinn.  I’m going to keep their appearance to myself, but let’s just say they’re ugly and scary.  They’re still used as nightmare material by parents who have naughty kids.

As soon as they stepped foot on Windemere, they eradicated the Orcs and enslaved the entire world.  To keep the Gods off their back, they corrupted one of the stronger dragon gods and let it keep them busy with a century long battle in the cosmos.  They also recruited the demon whose blood they were born from and turned him into a god to give them some extra terror.  Their society was that the males were the thinkers and sages while the females were the warriors.  This was because the females had several natural weapons while the males only had a few and were of milder temperament.

So, centuries would pass with rebellions being crushed and the Hejinn ruling the entire globe.  Eventually, a generation of Hejinn were born who had less demon blood in them than their predecessors.  Many of them stayed out of the war and chose to remain neutral while the others lead the races of Windemere against the Hejinn.  It was a long, bloody war that ended when a mortal champion helped the Gods end their war.  The Gods destroyed the remaining Hejinn except for the newest generation.  Those that stayed neutral were punished and put into the darkest part of the northern continent where they were transformed into the Chaos Elves.  The others were divided and transformed into the Wood Elves, Sea Elves, and Winged Elves.  This entire history is why there is occasional distrust and teasing from the other races.

That’s where the current elves came from and the Hejinn blood has remained under the most powerful God-forged seal ever created.  Nothing can break it.  Nope.  There isn’t a single being who could find a way to unbreak the seal . . . *evil grin*

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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6 Responses to Monster Origin: Elves (Sorry, Mr. Tolkien)

  1. phaerygurl says:

    I like your elves better 😛


  2. A.J. Goode says:

    I like the idea of warrior elves. I always enjoyed Wendy Pini’s “Elfquest” series, which had the tall, graceful Tolkein-esque High Ones in battle against the short, tough Wolfriders. Her little Wolfriders were fierce warriors, whlle the High Ones were often cunning and cruel.

    My curiosity is piqued. I think I’m going to have to buy your book!


    • slepsnor says:

      Thanks. I always found warrior elves to be a little irritating, but I don’t think I ever read the right books with them. The ones I read about were always fast, strong, and perfect. It’s like every author simply copied Legolas from the movies. I think Legolas is the reason I made my elves more human in nature than the stoic perfections that everybody puts them out. Though, I do like the sound of the Wolfriders.

      I still don’t know the how and when of the Hejinn’s return, so it might be a few years before I get to a series where that happens.


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