Love Me, Love My Surgically Altered Elf Ears

Lindsay Ferrier
Beauty & Style

ABC NewsLast week, I had a conversation with a girl in her early twenties who was a hardcore Lord of the Rings fan.

She told me all about her plans to go to New Zealand, where the LOTR series of movies was filmed.

"That's fantastic," I said nicely. "You know, you look like an elf." As I said it, I wondered if I had gone too far. Some people definitely would not have taken that as a compliment.

But this girl beamed. "Thank you," she said. I had very clearly MADE HER DAY.

So, Elf Friend?

This surgery is for you.

ABC News ran a report recently on the trend of young 20-somethings getting their ears surgically altered in order to look more... elvish.

ABC News reports that the surgery is painful and irreversible. The painful part alone would be enough to make this particular body mod option A BIG FAT NO, as far as I'm concerned. But the trend seems to be catching on.

According to ABC News:

Steve Haworth, a body modification artist from Tempe, Ariz., performs the procedure. He slices the top of the cartilage and then sews it back together in a point.

"There's a lot of people out there who have an inner vision of themselves and they want to express that to the world around them," said Haworth. "I'm very happy to be an artist that can provide that kind of work."

I'm all for people who like to play dress up at the Renaissance Fair, and I've seen my share of prosthetic elf ears at the park on Sunday afternoons, where Lord of the Rings fans like to gather in costume and hold mock sword fights. (During my reporting days, I worked on Sundays and used to love going there to get sound bites from people in prosthetic elf ears who gave their names as "Sconesworth Bumblenoggin" or "Archidoro Smiggins." Subversive, I know.)

But permanently and painfully altering your body to look like a creature that doesn't exist?

Uhhhhh. I'm having a little trouble with that one.

What about you? Would you get permanent elf ears?


Screen grab via ABC News

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