Tall and strong, fair and graceful, Elves have keen senses and a deep affinity for the beauty of the natural world around them. In ages past, the deeds and struggles of the noble race of Elves entwined with the history of Middle-earth. All Elves remember well the devastation wrought by dark armies that once marched over the world—a Darkness that threatens to do so once again. Long ago, Elves welcomed the "younger" races of Middle-earth and became their allies when the need was great, but centuries of war, betrayal, and hardship have made them fiercely protective of their seclusion. Today, as the Third Age draws to a close and the War of the Ring looms, Elves once more stir from their forest realms and hidden valleys, allying with the Free Peoples of Middle-earth.