Stithiel is an elf from one of the many clans of elves who inhabit the Eastern fringes of Darkwood Forest. His life was difficult in the clan – his father left him when he was very young, and neither his mother nor the chief of the clan ever let him forget it. Headstrong and wild by elven standards, his behaviour never sat well with the calm lifestyle the other elves favoured. After raiding Hobgoblins carried off one herd too many, Stithiel mustered the other young men of the tribe and attempted revenge. Although the raiders answered with their lives, Stithiel’s impetuous nature carried him and his friends further into the hills, where they attacked a much larger camp of hobgoblins. Only Stithiel survived the doomed assault, and was banished from his clan for bringing about the deaths of his friends.