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    What causes a person to look elfish/elfin in appearance? This might be coming straight outta left field!!! I'm curious, though, if anyone has any thoughts on what causes a Europid person to have an 'elfish' look about them. I think this is largely (along with neoteny, if the two are deemed separate) what constitutes 'cuteness'- as opposed to classical, sharper-lined beauty - in white females. Some elfish examples are Bjork, Viera Schottertova - http://www.forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3276, and Jolene Blalock - http://www.forums.skadi.net/showthread.php?s=&threadid=3033 . However I have come across many and various non-famous examples in my general experience. I have thought a little about it and have come up with the following possibilities. These causes might be valid in themselves and/or valid in conjunction with others:

    1. A, broadly speaking, ancient 'Asiatic' element (which might be Ladogan or Lappid) that recombines to produce Asiatic-looking individuals - like Bjork (an extreme case).

    2.The resurfacing of a very ancient Med element in an otherwise UP or Nordic person. I say this because I believe I have noticed this elfishness particularly in Irish and Welsh women.

    3. A kind of reverse dinaricisation. That is, instead of significant mixing creating ‘exaggerated’ features, a certain amount of 'close-breeding' (I don't want to say 'inbreeding') creating subtler and more refined features.

    4. Neoteny/paedomorphy. Some might say this is the main cause of elfishness in Europids, but I don't think it's only this that causes it in any single individual. The elfish look is not simply 'baby-facedness.'

    5. Perhaps it is a genuine medical condition; such people tend to be unusually fair, in my experience. Maybe it is in some way related to anaemia. (I just give this as a VERY remote possibility.)


    I have done no ‘soft research’ as to whether this elfish characteristic is handed down parent to child, so I can neither eliminate nor demonstrate a hereditary cause. I wonder if this peculiar subject has been dealt with anywhere in 'the literature.'

    Any responses appreciated!
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    Hmmm, an interesting question.
    I think "Elfish" types tend to be gracile in appearance. I was tempted to say nordic in appearance but there is a Med type of Elfishness as you said. I associate it with refined features and being gracile. Not sure if I could really pin it down more than that.
    I hear Bjork reffered to as Elfish quite a lot, but I disagree. She's more like an angry pixie

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    I would say high cheek bones and strong bone definition of the face in general

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    People have told me that I look elfish x_blush I think I will have my ears surgically pointed! LOL
    I think really it is just "sharp" features. Maybe it is thin skin? The elfish looking girls you used as examples all have very defined features. I dont think bjork looks Elfish, she looks more like a little troll...well, maybe a half elf/half troll LOL I dont know if there is anything constant that would cause this, I think it is just so happens that some people fit a stereotypical "elfish" look
    I envision a world where people dawning long white robes and elaborate headdresses run rampant down the streets, waving their arms in the air while screaming "we've gone mad, we've gone mad", like defrocked monks breaking the silence of ages past.

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    i think ''elfish'' people look horrendous for the most part to be honest! i agree that it seems to be a combination of high cheekbones and maybe to a degree at least relatively small eyes (like bjorks for instance) and lips.
    @Vanessa, i dont think you look elfish - youre not scary looking

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    Yeah, maybe not small as such (though often they are) bu they seem rather um...well not slanted...but....tight.
    They usually don't have round eyes.

    I wonder if there is a racial sub-type that fits this kind of description (and don't say Mongoloid!) lol

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    Thanks for the replies, they made for amusing reading!

    Possibly I didn't define Elfish enough, maybe I should have posted some pictures. It might be a little like reading Coon without the photos - a dozen classically Elfishly-affected Europids are probably necessary! Doing so is not a current priority of mine!! I think, though, we are all roughly 'on the same page.'

    @Milesian
    I would posit Pixie as being Peripheral Elfish

    @Vanessa
    I have seen more typically-Elfish but still attractive (this feature seems be less pronounced in adult men) Europid examples in life. (Maybe this look is not greatly sought after in Hollywood etc?)

    I dont know if there is anything constant that would cause this, I think it is just so happens that some people fit a stereotypical "elfish" look
    I respectfully disagree. Perhaps you were thinking that I was saying there might be one 'elf gene' rofl I'm guessing at least the first four causes can together, or in isolation, cause this aspect to the phenotype.

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    i think ''elfish'' people look horrendous for the most part to be honest!
    I would never argue with another's personal preferences, as long as they don't try to tell me Viera and Jolene aren't authentically white I think this condition can add an attractively mischievous quality to the appearance - Bjork's extreme case, though, pushes things way too far, and THEN SOME! Pixies are repulsive, True Elves are not!
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    Amen to that! We'll have no pixie sorts round here thank you very much!

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    damn daoine sidhe...upstarts one and all

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    Aw, go easy on the Daoine Sidhe, Scathach.
    Their music isn't that bad!
    Plus they can be good craic once they've had a drink or three

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