I went through the following questions, Why can Arwen decide her mortality?. It explains who can give up immortality. I would like to know if Tolkien had ever mentioned a procedure/ritual that has to be performed to give up immortality or it's just a decision in mind to give it up?

Secondly can this decision be reversed?

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    You have to turn in your badge and your gun.
    – Valorum
    Apr 15, 2015 at 5:33
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    @Richard of course, no hero ever achieves anything until they've turned in their badge and gun...
    – AakashM
    Apr 15, 2015 at 11:51
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    @aakashm - Dammit, Arwen. I told you not to get involved!!
    – Valorum
    Apr 15, 2015 at 11:55

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There's no mention of any kind of magic procedure, spell, incantation, etc. needed. Half-Elves are simply born with the option to make a one-time-only choice between immortality or mortal life with an unknown afterlife.

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    It's worth adding that this only applies to Earendil, Elwing and their descendents. Other Half-Elves, such as the children of Imrazor and Mithrellas, don't get to choose: they're Men.
    – user8719
    Apr 15, 2015 at 9:11
  • That is the sole reason I added the other question scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/31345/…
    – Vishvesh
    Apr 15, 2015 at 11:53

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