Obviously, Elves are immortal and do not die of old age. But what of Hobbits, Dwarves, Men, and others? I would like to know the average lifespan of these three main races, along with others you can think of (e.g. Orcs/Goblins, Ents, Wargs, Great Eagles, Mirkwood Spiders).

  • I guess by spiders you mean Shelob. She does not have an average lifespan, she's a one of a kind. Or are you in fact interested in the lifespan of spiders, flies, beetles etc. on middle earth?
    – Einer
    Apr 25, 2014 at 16:44
  • @Einer By spiders, I mean the Mirkwood Spiders that attacked the Company, and those like them. Apr 25, 2014 at 16:55
  • @PartyKingThrandeezy: Lol, never mind me. Guess I need to read up on my silmarillion again ;-) Maybe the term "Mirkwood Spiders" instead of "Spiders" would make that clearer in your question though. You know, for halfbreeds like me.
    – Einer
    Apr 25, 2014 at 17:02
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    @PartyKingThrandeezy - Tolkien specifically said that you don't become immortal just by travelling to the undying lands. Eru made Tuor immortal; lotr.wikia.com/wiki/Eru_Il%C3%BAvatar
    – Valorum
    Apr 25, 2014 at 19:29

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The very best answer is contained here: LOTR Project: Life Expectancy

This is a quick summary:

Dwarves: 194.5 years

Hobbits: 96.84 years

Numenorean Men & descendants: 237.2 years

Other Men: 81.85

Average for all Men: 163.41
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    Since this comes from lists of major characters and their ancestors, mostly kings, it is not a representative sample.
    – Oldcat
    Apr 26, 2014 at 0:07
  • The average also seems quite näive, being simply (237 + 81)/2, rather than acknowledging the Numenorean royal line would be a tiny fraction of the global population.
    – chepner
    Aug 29, 2019 at 19:07

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