18 Nov 04 5:03 PM
I'm trying to pull together a suggested format for the Bio entries describing Races. (I have created a Races template here
, based upon this format, to make it easy to start a new entry with the section headings in place.) Liz suggested the first sections, and I added a few more from the Character Bios template.
I think of these sections as organizing guidelines for those who add the Race entries, to follow (or not) as appropriate. For example, Tolkien may not have supplied quotations for some of the sections, and some entire entries might be too short to break up into separate sections (I don't expect to find much about Variags of Khand, for example...
Please let me know if you see anything missing or if any of the descriptions need to be clarified.
Note that, while I drew the sample quotations from real ones, they are not themselves accurate quotes -- and they also lack citations, which we would never want in a real entry.
Thanks in advance for any feedback you can give!
Quotations describing the race in general, including any distinguishing characteristics, whether cultural beliefs, character traits, or physical appearance -- ways that they are
: "The Dwarves are a tough, thrawn race for the most part, secretive, laborious...", "many savage tribes from the East (of old corrupted by Morgoth)...", "short and broad, long and strong in the arm; their skins were swart or sallow, and their hair was dark as were their eyes...".
Quotations describing how the race began, its kinship, and its ancient migrations: "By the starlit mere of Cuiviénen, the Elves rose from the sleep of Ilúvatar...", "The Northmen appear to have been most nearly akin to the House of Hador...", "The Edain were the descendants of peoples who in the Dark Ages had resisted Morgoth and had wandered ever westward from their homes far away in the East seeking the Great Sea..."
Quotations about abilities, crafts, expertise, or competencies that distinguish this race from others -- things that they do
: "the Noldor devised tools for the cutting and shaping of gems, and carved them in many forms...", "the Northmen delighted in horses and in all feats of horsemanship...", "They journeyed in great wains, and their chieftains fought in chariots.", "their younger women were also gained in arms and fought fiercely in defence of their homes...".
Quotations (in chronological sequence, with dates or estimates) describing important events in the history of the race: "1601
Hobbits are granted land beyond Baranduin by Argeleb II.", "1636
When the Great Plague passed more than half of the Northmen had perished, and their horses also."
Quotations describing the language(s) of the race: "East of the Misty Mountains, even far to the north, the Common Speech was known; though there, as beside the Long Lake or in Dale, or among the Beornings and the Woodmen of the west-eaves of Mirkwood, Men also retained their own tongues in daily use.", "The Dwarven language, Khuzdul, was seldom learned by those of other race."
Quotations describing the origins of the name(s) of the race or of items associated with the race: "The name Beorn
(from which Beornings
derived) is actually an Old English word for 'man, warrior,' but originally meant 'bear'; it is a cognate with the Old Norse björn
, 'bear.'", "The name (Quenya noldo
, Sindarin Golodh
) meant 'The Wise' (but wise in the sense of possessing knowledge, not in the sense of possessing sagacity, sound judgement).", "The Quenya word Silmarilli
is said to derive from the name silima
that Fëanor gave to the substance from which they were made."
Quotations that expand upon some of the information contained within that Race's entry (see the Numbered and Hyperlinked Footnotes
post for a template): "2. The Númenórean ranga
was slightly longer than our yard..."