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Fair Folk

A name among Mortals for the Elves

An occasional term used to describe the Elves, used by those of Mortal race, and especially common among the Hobbits. It was said to reflect the extraordinary beauty of those of Elven-kind. Tolkien recorded that he was inspired to invent this term by the real Welsh name Tylwyth teg (literally, the beautiful kindred) referring to the fairies.

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Alfrida of the Yale

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