First thing to say is, that it's not just about LotR. In most stories about fantasy worlds, with elves or similar superior species, there are different ages.

Something like the dark ages (gods, ghosts and other mystic creatures), followed by the rise of the elves and other "old" races. But at the end humans arrive, expand and push them to the edge of existence or for whatever reason, the elves have since "disappeared".

Of course, not every elvish race in SciFi is the same, but still there are many similarities. Lets call it a stereo type.

So, judging by plethora of the most prevalent SciFi, what is the most common reason that elves always disappear?

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    Awooga! AWOOGA! Trope Alert!!! - tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HereThereWereDragons – Valorum Feb 22 '16 at 22:45
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    I like this question, but I think it might be closed as too broad. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Feb 22 '16 at 22:45
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    I think the answer runs approximately: some of us think there used to be elves. There don't seems to be elves now. Thus, the elves died. – Politank-Z Feb 22 '16 at 22:47
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    If you asked "Why did elves die out in LotR?" it would be okay. Any question about elves in a specific franchise/story would be okay. But the community tends to close questions about an unlimited number of franchises/stories. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Feb 22 '16 at 22:49
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    @WadCheber: Isn't this question really asking about a trope and not for the reasons individual franchises/stories kill their elves off? Question 1 probably doesn't need to be here since an "in-universe" answer without specifying a universe doesn't make much sense. – Ellesedil Feb 22 '16 at 23:09

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