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<noinclude>{{Trail|Races}}[[Category:Lore-All Terms]]</noinclude>{{{image|[[File:Lore-race-Bosmer.png|frame|Illustration of a typical Bosmer male.]]}}}
The {{Lore Link|Bosmer}} are the Elven clan-folk of {{Lore Link|Valenwood}}, a forested province in southwestern {{Lore Link|Tamriel}}.{{ref|name=POT|{{Cite book|Provinces of Tamriel}}}} In the {{Lore Link|Empire}}, they are often referred to as '''Wood Elves''', but Bosmer,{{ref|name=PGE1P|{{Cite book|PGE|1|Prologue}}}} '''Boiche''',{{ref|name=TWE|{{Cite book|The Wild Elves}}}} or '''the Tree-Sap people''' is what they call themselves.{{ref|name=Morrowind|Events of [[MW:Morrowind|Morrowind]]}} Bosmer rejected the stiff, formal traditions of {{Lore Link|Aldmer}}i high culture, preferring a more romantic, simple existence in harmony with the land and its wild beauty and creatures. They are relatively nimble and quick in body compared to their more "civilized" {{Lore Link|Altmer}}i cousins (who often look down upon the Bosmer as unruly and naive). Their agility makes them well-suited as scouts and thieves.{{ref|name=VAS|{{Cite book|Valenwood: A Study}}}} However, they are also a quick-witted folk, and many pursue successful careers in scholarly pursuits or trading.{{ref|name=ASGTN|{{Cite book|A Scholar's Guide to Nymphs}}}}{{ref|name=ADIF1|{{Cite book|A Dance in Fire, Chapter 1}}}}{{ref|name=TBG|{{Cite book|The Buying Game}}}} Bosmer live two to three times as long as humans; with a 200-year-old Bosmer being old and a 300-year-old Bosmer being very, very old.{{ref|[ Ask Us Anything Variety Pack 4]}} Though they are considered less influential than some of their Elven brethren, the Bosmer are also relatively prone to producing offspring. As a result, they outnumber all other {{Lore Link|mer}} on Tamriel.{{ref|name=RM3TWE|{{Cite book|Crafting Motifs 3: The Wood Elves}}}}
The best archers in all of Tamriel, the Bosmer snatch and fire arrows in one continuous motion; they are even rumored to have invented the bow.{{ref|name=TGROM|{{Cite book|The Gold Ribbon of Merit}}}}{{ref|name=TRG|{{Cite book|The Rear Guard}}}}{{ref|name=TML|{{Cite book|The Marksmanship Lesson}}}}{{ref|name=ADIF3|{{Cite book|A Dance in Fire, Chapter 3}}}} They have many natural and unique abilities; notably, they can command simple-minded creatures and have a nearly chameleon-like ability to hide in forested areas.{{ref|name=PGE1Ald|{{Cite book|PGE|1|Aldmeri Dominion}}}}{{ref|name=PGE1W|{{Cite book|PGE|1|The Wild Region}}}} Many in the forests of Valenwood follow the tenets of the {{Lore Link|Green Pact}}. These "Green Pact Bosmer" are religiously carnivorous and cannibalistic, and do not harm the vegetation of Valenwood, though they are not averse to using wooden or plant-derived products created by others.{{ref|name=ADIF1}}{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}}{{ref|name=GPBO|{{Cite book|Green Pact Bosmer: Observations}}}}{{FMI|dummy=}}<noinclude>
[[ImageFile:Valenwood map Oblivion.jpg|right|thumb|[[Lore:Valenwood|Valenwood]], the land of the Bosmer.]]
Aldmer settlers purportedly arrived in Valenwood long before the {{Lore Link|First Era}}. They are remembered as some of the first of the {{Lore Link|Aldmer}} to leave {{Lore Link|Old Ehlnofey}}.{{ref|name=VAS}} These settlers found the forests of Valenwood, or the Green, so dense and so inhabited by beasts that they could not hope to tame it, so they had to fight and adapt just to become predators instead of prey.{{ref|name=PGE3V|{{Cite book|PGE|3|Valenwood}}}} Their adaption to life in Valenwood is believed to have led to the creation of the Bosmer.{{ref|name=VAS}}{{ref|name=PGE3V}}{{ref|name=PGE3All|{{Cite book|PGE|3|All the Eras of Man}}}}
[[File:Lore-Great Ape Sketch.jpg|thumb|right|A sketch of an Imga, the Great Apes of Valenwood.]]
The elves of Valenwood have always stood ready to defend themselves against aggression, and have done so on many occasions.{{ref|name=MUT|{{Cite book|Mixed Unit Tactics}}}} They often rely on their forest-coupling skills to make use of guerrilla tactics. The title of their most famous poem, the Meh Ayleidion, means "The One Thousand Benefits of Hiding".{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}} However, the Bosmer seem to be the most pacifistic of all the modern races on Tamriel, as they have never instigated war with other nations (leading some more militant cultures to criticize them as cowards),{{ref|name=FWOB|{{Cite book|Fav'te's War Of Betony}}}} though they have been accused of needlessly escalating [[Lore:Five Year War|some conflicts]]. They have never found a tried and true ally in any other Tamrielic nation. Mistrust has been engendered by the ritual cannibalism they practice, and it's often difficult for them to adjust their lifestyles to the expectations of other races and cultures. Nevertheless, the Bosmer are heavily dependent on good relations and trade with other races, as the Green Pact forces them to import the timber needed to make their homes, arrows, and other wooden instruments.{{ref|name=POT}}{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}}{{ref|name=ADIF2|{{Cite book|A Dance in Fire, Chapter 2}}}} Their own resources for trade include hides, river pearls, and finger-bone charms made from the {{Lore Link|magic}}ally-charged hands of their dead wizards. When they are at odds with Colovia or other trading allies, they are said to rely on piracy or banditry to get what they need.{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}} They have attempted to accommodate other races in Valenwood throughout history, though many remained wary of outlander encroachments into their home.{{ref|name=OBRTTD|{{Cite book|One Bosmer's Response to the Dominion|ns=Online}}}} To this day, they have little more than foot paths connecting their tiny settlements in Valenwood's sparsely populated forests.{{ref|name=POT}}{{ref|name=FTJOAHES|{{Cite book|From the journal of Aretille, High Elven scholar}}}} Some primitive bosmers practice cannibalism upon their enemies.{{ref|name=CP|{{Cite book|Corpse Preparation}}}} Some Bosmer have been known to file their teeth to sharp points.{{ref|[[Online:Contraband C|Contraband]] in [[Online:Online|ESO]]}}
File:AR-Race-Wood Elf Male.jpg|Arena appearance
File:DF-Br'itsa Face.png|Daggerfall appearance
File:RGBS-npcrace-FaliciaWood_Elf.jpg|RedguardBattlespire appearance
File:MWRG-npc-FargothFalicia.jpg|MorrowindRedguard appearance
File:MW-npc-Fargoth.jpg|Morrowind appearance
File:SK-icon-race-WoodElfM.png|Shadowkey appearance
File:SROB-npc-BrelasGwinas.jpg|SkyrimOblivion appearance
File:ONSR-npc-EnthonorBrelas.jpg|ESOSkyrim appearance
File:ON-npc-Enthonor.jpg|ESO appearance
File:LG-avatar-Wood Elf Male 2.png|Legends appearance
* At the end of the Third Era, rumors surfaced that a prophet called the Precursor hashad emerged among the Bosmer promising new gifts from Y'ffre to reward their devotion.{{ref|name=PGE3V}}
==See Also==
* For Bosmer names, see [[Lore:Bosmer Names|here]].
* For game-specific information, see the [[OnlineArena:BosmerWood Elf|ESOArena]], [[SkyrimDaggerfall:BosmerWood Elf|SkyrimDaggerfall]], [[OblivionBattlespire:BosmerWood Elf|OblivionBattlespire]], [[Morrowind:Bosmer|Morrowind]], [[DaggerfallShadowkey:Wood Elf|DaggerfallShadowkey]], and[[Oblivion:Bosmer|Oblivion]], [[ArenaSkyrim:WoodBosmer|Skyrim]], Elf[[Online:Bosmer|ArenaESO]], and [[Legends:Bosmer|Legends]] articles.

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