While I was RPing as Tauriel on Dreamwidth, she got asked whether she knew any jokes. I started my reply with an "Of course," but then I stopped and wondered: what sorts of jokes would Elves tell?
I imagine they'd enjoy wordplay a great deal, for starters, so I'm hoping to come up with something that works at some point. I don't suppose they'd really have knock-knock jokes, but would there be some other recognisable traditional joke format instead?
I haven't, but this is the first thing that comes to mind...
Even decent enough dwarves like Thorin and his friends think them foolish (which is a very foolish thing to think), or get annoyed with them. For some elves tease them and laugh at them, and most of all at their beards. "Don't dip your beard in the foam, father!" they cried to Thorin, who was bent almost on to his hands and knees. "It is long enough without watering it."
So if you're a Dwarf, expect to be mercilessly teased about your facial hair in a sarcastic fashion.
"Mind Bilbo doesn't eat all the cakes!" they called. "He is too fat to get through key-holes yet!"
And if you're a hobbit... your size!
"And your snores would waken a stone dragon – yet we thank you," they answered with laughter.
What I do tell in my RPs as an elf are always depending on the race I am talking too.
Some of my more common jokes,
about dwarves: A dwarf's axe is sharper than his wits... (mostly when confronted with dwarves who think with their weapons first...)
tell a dwarf that he is a beard on feet... (mostly when conversing with a displeasing fella...)
otherwise it really depends on the situation but mostly elves would rarely tell each other jokes, they mostly have humour to put down other races and displeasing individuals. But they do love subtle word plays when talking to each other
Ae boe anlen an 'ared mîn Peng i gestha Huin egor vîn Magol i chîr Lainc... iallo nin...
I saw a joke on the internet a while back... but it's more of a Hobbit joke than an elven joke and I don't know if it would be applicable... Two elves walk into a bar... The hobbit laughs and walks under it. It might not even be appropriate to use in Middle Earth, but I thought it was rather funny...
A i 'lawar hêb i Geven A i nglîn en Ithil mibir i aear Man mibedath oh Pe mibol ú nin?
Of course not but what we use our humour for when talking as elves to elves is, more having fun with good written riddles (always those riddle games ) or using double or tripple senses that mostly are not easy to spot but if you do it is very funny. But what we really never do is like going to another elf and asking him whether he wants to hear a joke or not, and if he agrees telling him some blunt jokes What is very likely to occur is that when a riddle is solved someone would make a joke about it, so again situational thing
Compare it to victorian aristocratic behiavour in social environment, you can be merry but don't hurt your image with blunt or inappropriate jokes...
Riddles.docx (14.54 KB) If you want some nice riddles I got some, as in LOTRO there were some nice one's!
whereas the darkelvenraces "Drows" and "Druchiis" are the exact opposite, they will make jokes about anything how inappropriate certain might be...