This is an effigy of Jean d'Alluye, a 13th-century French knight who fought in the Crusades. The effigy is immaculately carved, and perfectly represents the garb of a 13th-century European knight, from the long sleeve chain mail shirt, to the triangular shield, to the sword belt, all the way down to the spurs on his feet. Except for one thing.
Do you understand now, Elfling? #tolkien >> Elves aren't always pretty and glamorous and "I am higher than thou"... When you get right down to it, they suffer and suffer and suffer and can't die and painless death. I'm pretty sure of all the races, I pity them the most..