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Thinking about the idea of Elves having low numbers overall, got me to wondering: as far as Tolkien's writing, could elves ever have twins?

As a "yes" answer, I need an example of twins (any of JRRT work). They must be full on Elves, not half-Men. As a "no" answer, has to be an explicit statement in his work stating Elves ALWAYS had one child at a time. Anything else is a "maybe, we don't know".

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Elrond and Elros weren't twins, were they? Or who else do you want to count out as "half-Men"... –  leftaroundabout Dec 16 '13 at 1:02
@leftaroundabout: Elrond and Elros were twins (though you have to look in the History of Middle-Earth to find this out; it's not made clear in the Silmarillion). My girlfriend has a theory that Elros and Elrond a younger sister in Valinor; there's an otherwise-consistent pattern that half-Elven fathers all have twin sons, followed by a daughter... –  Micah Dec 16 '13 at 2:44

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In the Silmarillion, Fëanor's youngest two sons, Amrod and Amras, are twins. Both of their parents are as Elvish as you could want. Fëanor had seven children — a number that was said to be utterly unprecedented for an Elf (before or since) — and this may be a part of that unprecedentedness. (Tolkien never portrayed any other Elf as having more than four children. In the published Silmarillion, Finarfin and his wife had five, but that's the result of Christopher Tolkien simplifying the family tree in a way he later regretted.)

There are a few other sets of Elvish twins, but all the ones I can think of have Men somewhere in their family tree. Beren and Luthien had twin sons (Eluréd and Elurín) as did Elrond and Celebrían (Elladan and Elrohir).

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Quendi and Eldar (HoME 11) provides Quenya and Sindarin words for "twins", "twin-born", "one of a pair of twins", "a pair of twins" and notes that the Sindarin words were "mostly of ancient formation", thus providing evidence (even if not specifically naming anyone) that twins did exist among the ancient Sindar too. –  user8719 Jan 13 '14 at 18:29

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