The dumb nerd stuff Thomas is referencing is from the Simlarillion by Tolkien. Thingol was an elf king who chanced upon a literal angel in the woods. They both fell instantly in love and stood, transfixed, for years, looking at one another. Since they were both immortal beings it didn’t matter too much if they just stood around for a century being DTF. Thingol married this angelic being, named Melian, and sired Luthien who was the… great, great, great (?) grandmother of Arwen. I think. Anyway, if you love ridiculously romantic nonsense, which both Carol and I do, (although admitting it might be harder to get her to do) this is like emotional catnip.
The other elves thought this fucker was lost forever while he was taking the ultimate leer as who was agreed to be the most beautiful being who ever existed in Middle Earth. So I guess he can be forgiven. He must have been hot stuff too since she was having an epic leer as well.
Kind of goofy on a logical level, but that’s fairly stories for you.