So do you think they have less of a desire to love than men?
If you're asking because of C (in my post above) I would add that I think this refers to the desire to have more children -- a different thing than the desire between Elves of course. While it's noted that the Eldar are seldom swayed by the desires of the body only, their spirits being great masters of their bodies, the fuller citation reads...
'Doubtless they would retain for many ages the power of generation, if the will and desire were not satisfied; but with the exercise of the power the desire soon ceases, and the mind turns to other things. The union of love is indeed to them great delight and joy, and the days of the children, as they call them, remain in their memory as the most merry in life; but they have many other powers of body and mind which their nature urges them to fulfill.'
JRRT, Laws And Customs Among The Eldar, Morgoth's Ring
I see nothing here, at least, that necessarily states the Elves stopped having sex after a given time, or did not find it enjoyable or meaningful.
To my mind Elves were simply more cerebral than physical, so much of their time was in beauty of thought and poetry and craftsmanship, perhaps learning to wield the sword in a beautiful magnificent way, talking amongst themselves and longing for the beginning again as it were. Careful to keep memory alive of their exploits and deeds and loves right from the Beginning.
I am sure they enjoyed marital love and affection the same as anyone, but it was not on the top of their list as it were. And as for the bringing forth children, i doubt it was more than how Illuvatar created them, it was just how it was with their kind, the same as the Hobbits seemed to be much more prolific and such. It seems the less time one had to live in Middle-Earth the more children they might be blessed with. I think it is obvious how much all the children, but in my mind Elven children were so carefully kept and loved and considered such a wondrous blessing. Strange come to think of it with Elrond having three. But then again he was half elven . Really i have no clue, just impressions.
Exactly dearest Brego,. Just a moment ago as I was reading your post I saw you as it were perfectly groomed and wearing all white, you know like the chaps did in the time of Hercule Poirot, 1930's modernest ; funny how strange things your mind imagines stick with one.
The slow fertility cycle makes sense, else can you really imagine an Elf wife bringing forth a babe every two years like many mortals and Hobbits. Rather a nightmare after say fifty years!
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