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Elf Demographics in LOTR

Although nowhere mentioned or implied, directly, in Tolkein’s Middle Earth stories, elvish society should be female-majority by a tremendous margin, owing to basic demographic facts.

The elves don’t age beyond maturity. Violent injury in combat appears to be the leading cause of death among elves, by far. This means a much higher mortality rate for male elves than female elves. Millennia-long lives, compounding this disparity, would result by the late Third Age in a ratio of female to male elves entirely opposite the ratio found among Tolkein’s identifiable characters.

In this essay I will belabor this point at considerable length.

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