Character: An elf
Disclaimer: Tolkien drew on many sources… Kortirion draws on him.
Moriquendi they call us, we who refused their ‘great journey’... who never saw the light of their trees. Are we lesser because we chose to dwell in living lands? For never seeking to have princes rule our fate? They seem to think so. They call themselves Calaquendi, and brag and weep that nothing illuminates like their now-dead trees! Those who slew their kin, who deceitfully left half their allies to die struggling through the icy wastes, those so proud they defied the Valar... they call us ‘dark’?
But we Laiquendi, we shall still remain when they are all long departed.