Elves in Tolkien's legendarium are a very, very long-lived race, essentially immortal. But, yet, they don't seem to have a lot of offspring. When looking at the family trees of some of the well known Elven characters, the numbers of their offspring seem to range in what compares to humans in the here and now: i.e. low single digits. When actually, it would be easy for a 3000 year old Elf to have dozens if not hundreds of sons and daughters...

  • Why would Elves who live for millennia not have more offspring?

Are they not interested in raising more children after the first couple? Can they control their fertility somehow?

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    Have children and see if you have the same question.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 11:11
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    1. They are immortal. 2. They're not Targaryens
    – Edlothiad
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 11:16
  • @Edlothiad At least They try to be
    – Aegon
    Commented Feb 26, 2018 at 11:35