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[[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|name=CP|Corpse Preparation}}}}
 
The Bosmer greatly value diversity. Their respect for life's many facets is inherent in many of their old sayings, like "One mans miracle is another mans accident".{{ref|name=AOOGAW|{{Cite book|An Overview of Gods And Worship}}}} Other races are ''generally'' welcomed in most of Valenwood, though most foreigners stay in large cities.{{ref|name=PGE1Ald}}{{ref|name=PGE3V}}{{ref|name=AMGTV|{{Cite book|A Merchant's Guide to Valenwood}}}} Travelers are encouraged to take care when imbibing drinks of fermented milk which are popular amongst the Bosmer, as non-Bosmer may have adverse reactions to them.{{ref|name=ADIF|{{Cite book|A Dance in Fire}}}}{{ref|name=FTNOACC|{{Cite book|From the notes of Ancemion, Ceremony Coordinator}}}}