Perhaps my favorite part of OL as someone coming from a DnD background is that racial choice isn’t a core part of character creation (per-say). Instead if the universe playing contains various races that could be potential player character, the onus is on the player to show through, traits, flaws, feats ext. How they are that race. I’m sure many GM’s have experience players who’ve picked a player race just for stat improvements, or just wanting to not be a human and not really caring about the choice.
With that said, id imagine that if you are playing in a world for maybe multiple campaigns there should be some feats/abilities ext. that are often ascribed (but not solely) to the races. So there is a shared mechanical representation associated with them.
I’m curios to know how certin tables represent many of the classic Tolkien races we know from many RPG’s, in their games.