Ah, now i see what you meant. I have to apologize.First, I mentioned that "non-Tolkien" is barely a class of itself as Tolkien hasn't invented any of the "standard creatures" of his books but just breathed life into them. The creatures you mentioned would definitely also be used by Tolkien if they had fitted his setting.
Then I directly answered your question in saying that I'm perfectly fine with using this kind of creatures if they fitted the specific setting at hand.
So to sum that up: We agree on this one
Only in the sense that people, as you said, falsely use the term "Generic" to refer to the Tolkienesque Subgenre.You would say "non-generic" equals "non-Tolkien mythology inspired races"?
I wasn't expressing myself clearly.
Yes. Bad choice of terms / continuation of bad terms on my part, but yes.I would say the latter is your category "B" and the former your category "C", right?
I guess i didn't quite pick up on that.Just because I feel "mythology inspired races" are all "generic" in some way. That was partly expressed in my first post.
What i meant was, Tolkien's work was considerably original, even when counting all mythological influence, but due to everyone copying Tolkien... etc. Shoulda been more explicit.EinBein wrote:Yeah. You're right in a way.nemedeus wrote:(even though as you say it's only considered generic because everyone copies it, which is kind of hilarious).
True. But then, why is it always Elves, and why do they so rarely, if ever, deviate much from the "tall mystic agile better-than-human"?I guess this is just a question of where to draw the line.
Take Elves for example. I think there are few settings that go with 100% Tolkien (I know none, but am curious to hear your interpretation).
If we are talking, for example, nature-loving "Wood Elves", i feel like there are missed opportunities: replacing the magic pointy-eared human with a Satyr, Faunus, or some other creature a kin to that, can go a long way in defining/refining the flavor of the "nature-loving race" of a setting. At least that was my experience.
Or maybe i'm just easyly intrigued, hahaha