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Celebrían

Biographical information

Other names
Titles
Lady of Lothlórien, Lady of Rivendell
Date of birth
Between the years SA 350 and SA 400
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Still alive; left Middle-earth to Aman in TA 2510
Realms ruled
Spouse
Weapon

Physical description

Race
Culture
Falmari (House of Olwë), Sindar (House of Celeborn), Ñoldor (House of Finarfin, Elves of Rivendell, Galadhrim, Elves of Eregion
Gender
Female
Height
Hair color
Possibly silver
Eye color
Actor
Voice
Character

Celebrían (IPA: [keleˈbriːan]) was an Elven noblewoman, the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel, wife of Elrond, and mother of Arwen, Elrohir and Elladan. She was a Lady of Lothlórien and a Lady of Rivendell.

BiographyEdit

Celebrían's birth date is unspecified, though she might have been born near Lake Evendim between SA 350 and SA 400. She lived with her mother Galadriel in Eregion, and later fled to Lórinand sometime between SA 1350 and SA 1400. After a time, Galadriel and Celebrían passed through Moria and dwelt in Rivendell. There, she met Elrond who loved her, though he said nothing about it.[1]

In TA 109, Elrond wedded Celebrían. She bore him the sons Elladan and Elrohir in TA 130, and then a daughter Arwen in TA 241.[1][2]

In TA 2509, Celebrían was on her way to visit her parents in Lothlórien when she was waylaid by Orcs in the Redhorn Pass of the Misty Mountains. She was captured and received a poisoned wound. Her sons would later rescue her, and Elrond heal her, but Celebrían was never fully-healed in mind and spirit. Horrified and haunted by the fearful memories of her torture, she no longer wished to stay in Middle-earth, and departed over to the Sea the next year.[3]

Later mentionsEdit

There are several references of Celebrían in The Lord of the Rings, such as the mention of her torment[4] and being the daughter of Galadriel.[5]

EtymologyEdit

The name Celebrían has the Sindarin word celeb which stands for "silver".[6]

House of FinarfinEdit

House of Finarfin

Finwë
   
   
Indis
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Fingolfin
   
   
Finarfin
   
   
Eärwen
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Finrod
   
   
Angrod
   
   
Eldalótë
   
   
Aegnor
   
   
Galadriel
   
   
Celeborn
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Orodreth
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Celebrían
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
Finduilas
   
   
   
   
   
   
Gil-galad


Other versions of the legendariumEdit

In earlier writings, Amroth the King of Lothlórien was the son of Celeborn and Galadriel, and the brother of Celebrían. It was said that Galadriel fled with Amroth and Celebrían to Lothlórien. When Galadriel and Celebrían left for Rivendell, Amroth was left in the forest, and would later visit his family when they lived in Dol Amroth.[1]

In other versions, Celebrían wedded Elrond in TA 2500, but in TA 2600, she was slain (not captured) by the Orcs in the Misty Mountains. Her children were Elladan and Elrohir, and Finduilas (later Arwen).[7]

Behind the scenesEdit

Tolkien has said that "after the destruction of the Ruling Ring the Three Rings of the Eldar lost their virtue. Then Elrond prepared at last to depart from Middle-earth and follow Celebrían."[7] Thus it passed that after 500 long years, at the Haven of Avallonë in Tol Eressëa, Elrond and Celebrían were finally reunited, sometime after TA 3021 (the Ring-bearer sailing on September 29, 3021). However, Elrond was then "sundered" forever from his beloved daughter.

Björn Fromén has composed an evocative poem, Celebrían's Farewell to Elrond, Valinórenna.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Unfinished Tales, Part Two: The Second Age, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn, and of Amroth King of Lórien"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter I: "Many Meetings"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter VIII: "Farewell to Lorien"
  6. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. 7.0 7.1 The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, VII: "The Heirs of Elendil", Of the History of the Third Age

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