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Thanks for this, Oshun! A very thorough and thoughtful discussion about Nellas--even though she's just a very minor character in Turin's story, she's always been one of my favourites. There's something in her tale about the melancholy of growing up and shedding childhood friends, --and of course her social awkwardness is just painfully endearing (also I always found Beleg's gentleness towards her very endearing).
I'm glad you touched on the matter of her age; I've been thinking about that lately. I always assumed she was an adult, albeit maybe a young one (and a child-like one, as you note), but noted on Tumblr that many others considered her Turin's age-peer.
I thought about how Elven children mature quicker in the mind than in the body ("might appear to be seven when actually in their 20’s") & wondered if that was what Tolkien was thinking of with this. And perhaps the line "for all her elven-years" was a general reference to the rest of her life as opposed to that period she spent hanging out with Turin.
On the other hand, as you point out, she was entrusted with teaching and baby-sitting Turin, which seems a heavy responsibility for a child. I like the idea that she was maybe a young adult & just petite in stature--in addition to being young at heart & more comfortable with children & other people of the wood, perhaps.
I like Nellas.
Forgetting her entirely is a somewhat strange thing even for Turin to do, although of course part of his brain always seems to be occupied by his family and Dor-lomin. I guess he must have been quite young when they stopped talking.
Thank for reading! I wondered about that--weird even for Turin! I speculated if there was something relating to the curse going on which interfered with his memory/bonding other than run-of-the-mill traumatic separation in his early youth. He is a strange one. I wish there had been more information. On the other hand, I haven't yet had the urge to imagine a backstory for her of my own. Maybe someday.