Okay so I'm a noob but like why is it that it seems like only mortal men get a shot at getting some elf bootie? Like why is it that moral women can't get on that immortal dick without being shut down? Like are only elf girls interested in moral men while most elf dudes have a strictly only elven gals mentality in their elf DNA expect for that one time with Finrod's bro and his almost gf
I’m sorry this is late anon I’m being lazy and kept laughing at the accidental implications of your “moral women” and “moral men” typos….
Uh anyway, I think it might be some hinky gender shit about Tolkien and the whole normal male character + special/otherworldly female love interest thing, or more practical plot related stuff about like bloodlines or whatever, keeping the line of descent/house identity aligned to the mortal side but also making the descendants special and mixed-species/race via the immortal side or whatever (though this doesn’t…actually turn out to be all that important, I think). Or both. I remember @thelioninmybed and I had a really cool meandering convo once about whether we could attach this pattern somehow to the inheritance of mitochondrial DNA only coming through the mother’s line, but iirc we unfortunately didn’t come to any firm conclusions and went off on some tangent about exponential population growth in Tirion or smth.
However HEY, SPEAKING OF MITOCHONDRIA, I am personally gonna go for the horrible premise posited in Many Waters by Madeleine L’Engle, which I’ve been thinking about again recently due to all the Wrinkle in Time hype plus a conversation I saw/had a while back: Elf babies are gigantic compared to human babies and peredhel babies are still so gigantic that the idea, let alone the experience, of a human woman trying to give birth to them will result in MAJOR LEG-CLENCHING TRAUMA JUST LIKE I HAD WHEN I READ MANY WATERS THANKS L’ENGLE WAS THAT NECESSARY.