An elf (plural: elves) is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore. The earliest examples of elves stem from Norse legends and mythology, describing them as being highly magically inclined. Throughout the ages, there have been many tales of elves which offer different descriptions of the race; some describe them as being small, impish creatures which can be as mischievous as they are creative. The original description of elves from Norse texts describes them as creatures of human size and shape, but with predominantly slender and attractive figures bearing no cosmetic imperfections or blemishes. They are primarily recognised by their long, pointed ears. Norse elves have been adapted for many works of modern fiction and media, such as J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth universe and the Dungeons & Dragons roleplay game.