For a thoughtful discussion of elves with beards try this
Instead of a thoughtful discussion I'll give you a list of why Elves don't cut their beards off:
- Doing so reduces their fighting ability to that of a magic user of the same level.
- Doing so eliminates their ability to cast spells.
- Little know fact: it's actually the beard that makes them resistant to ghoul attacks.
- As above, but sleep and charm spells.
- In addition to reaching 9th level, an Elf must have a beard in order to establish a stronghold .
- Because they're trying to pass themselves off as dwarves.