But why would you assume that? What would they write? I imagine some craftsmen would know enough about letters to letter their works of art, but that doesn't require a literate society. I still can only think that elves would only be interested in literate societies for the sake of being artistic. What other reason would there be for an entire population of elves, overall, to be literate?Otaku-sempai wrote: ↑Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:27 pmI would generally assume that Noldor or Vanyar Elves (or Telerin Elves in the West) are literate. I expect that Elves in the Grey Havens and Rivendell are generally literate. That might not hold true for the majority of Wood-elves in Mirkwood or Lothlórien, or for most Avari.
Heck, what reason would there be for Mirkwood elves not to be literate? They at least are shown to do business outside their borders, which likely requires accountancy.
Are you sure you're not taking a cultural bias, namely, urban equals literate and rustic equals illiterate, and applying it to this situation? I don't think that applies to immortal elves.