- "I was there three thousand years ago, when the strength of Men failed.""
- — Elrond, The Fellowship of the Ring
Elrond Half-elven was the son of Eärendil(half-elven) and Elwing(half-elven), and a great-grandson of Lúthien. He was born in the refuge of the Havens of Sirion in Beleriand late in the First Age, soon before its sack by the Sons of Fëanor. Elrond and his twin brother Elros were captured and raised by Maedhros and Maglor, the Sons of Fëanor. Though at first there was no great love between them, eventually, Maglor took pity on them and cherished them, and eventually grew to love them. By the end of the First Age and the War of Wrath the Sons of Fëanor were again working alone, suggesting that by this time Elrond and Elros had left their captivity as it were and travelled presumably to Lindon
Elrond and Elros were given the choice at the end of the First Age to be counted among Men or Elves. Elros chose the Fate of Men and became Elros Tar-Minyatur, the first King of Númenor. Elrond chose to be counted among the Elves, and remained in Lindon as captain and herald of Gil-Galad, the High King of the Ñoldor. He remained Gil-Galad's most trusted captain until Gil-Galad's death in SA 3441.
In SA 1695 Elrond was sent to Eregion by Gil-galad in an attempt to protect the city from the invading forces of Sauron. Unfortunately Elrond's host was too weak and was unable to hold off Sauron's army. He retreated north with a host of elves out of Eregion including Celeborn and remained ever watchful of Sauron from there. It was during the following two years that Elrond founded Imladris at the feet of the Misty Mountains, which survived as one of the last remaining strongholds against Sauron at the end of the Third Age.
After the combined forces of the elves under Gil-Galad Cirdan and Elrond and the Men of Numenor defeated Sauron in SA 1701 Elrond remained in Imladris. The first Council was held during this time, which Galadriel attended, where it was decided that the House would remain as the last stronghold west of the Misty Mountains, and that the Three Rings held currently by Gil-Galad and Galadriel would remain hidden. According to one account Gil-Galad at this time gave Elrond Vilya the Blue Ring, though in other accounts Gil-Galad kept both Narya and Vilya until the end of the Second Age. It was also here that Elrond first met Celebrian, Celeborn and Galadriel's daughter.Near the end of the Second Age Elrond rode beside Gil-Galad in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, which set out from Rivendell to Mordor in SA 3431. Elrond was one of Gil-galad's most trusted commanders, and he led the Elves in destroying a whole legion of orcs with carefully aimed arrows in the Battle of Dagorlad. the Alliance was joined by the Dwarves led by Durin lV, eventually leading to the defeat of Sauron's forces. After a long siege of Barad-dûr Sauron himself was defeated when Isildur used Narsil to cut the One Ring from Sauron's finger, claiming the Ring for himself.
The Last Alliance of Elves and Men took a toll on the forces of both Elves and Men. Gil-Galad, Elendil, and his younger son Anarion were killed in the siege. Elrond and Cirdan only remained as the commanders of the elves, and Isildur as lord of men. Upon discovering that Isildur had claimed the One Ring for himself Elrond urged Isildur to throw the Ring into the fires of Mount Doom, but the seduction of the ring made Isildur refuse. Elrond said he would not force the Ring from Isildur, and left the problem to be dealt with by Men. Isildur was then named High King of Gondor and Arnor and took his father's throne, while Elrond returned to Rivendell at the end of the war.
In the year TA 109, Elrond wedded Celebrían, daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel. In the year TA 130, twins Elladan and Elrohir were born, and in TA 241 a daughter, Arwen Undómiel. Elrond lost Celebrian in TA 2510 when she was waylaid by orcs crossing the Misty Mountains and, unable to recover, took a ship to the Undying Lands.
In the later years he was instrumental in harboring the heirs of Isildur while the line lasted, the most famous of these sons of men was Aragorn son of Arathorn II, whom he took in and fostered as his own after his father died in TA 2933. Elrond, foreseeing the boy's difficult future gave him the name Estel, Sindarin for Hope. Aragorn grew up in Imladris unaware of his kingly lineage until Elrond told him when he had reached his manhood.
Elrond also was a member of the White Council, which was often held in Imladris and was a great friend of Gandalf the Grey. He helped Thorin Oakenshield's expedition to retake the Lonely Mountain (Erebor) by discovering and translating the Moon Writing on Thorin's map. On October 25, 3018 he held the Council at which it was decided to attempt to destroy the One Ring.
Elrond remained in Rivendell until the destruction of the One Ring and of Sauron, after which he went to Minas Tirith to surrender the Sceptre of Annúminas to King Elessar and give his daughter Arwen Undómiel away to be married. On September 29, 3021, aged 6,520 years, Elrond left Middle-earth to go over the sea with the other Ring-bearers, never to return.
Elrond is a Sindarin name that means 'Star-dome' or 'Elf of the cave'.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
Elrond was a skillful warrior in battle and had commanded various armies of the Free Peoples well, including the Last Alliance. He was just as effective at leadership and gave much wise counsel. He had the gift of foresight through which he could view lands and events far away from Rivendell. He was also adept at healing others, though whether through medical knowledge or magic isn't known.
Elrond was one of the most incorruptible of leaders of Middle-earth. Aragorn speculated that among the few capable of completely resisting Saruman's power of speech were Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf. Elrond also rejected and opposed Sauron when the latter offered partnership with the Elves.
Portrayal in adaptationsEdit
Peter Jackson's trilogyEditIn the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson, Elrond is played by Hugo Weaving.
Elrond's personality is completely different in the movies; he even goes as far as to try to convince Arwen to go to Valinor. (There is also no indication that she is not an only child.) He seems to be bitter towards men, including Aragorn, in spite of some of his ancestors' belonging to this race. This portrayal resembles Thingol, father of Lúthien.
This is remarkably different than the Elrond we see in the books. While Elrond was sorrowful at the loss of his daughter, he acknowledged Aragorn's love for his daughter and accepted her choice.
Like the rest of the Elves, Elrond was portrayed as somewhat aloof, even among his own kind, quite the opposite of the warm demeanor associated with Elves (especially those of Rivendell) in the books.
Appearances in the Books and FilmsEdit
In the booksEdit
In the filmsEdit
Elrond makes his first appearance in the game if the player selects to play an Elf. Elrond is with the player as the dwarves attack. He gives the character items that vary depending on the character's class. After this, he brings the player to another room where the player's master/teacher is waiting. After a brief tutorial battle between the player and the teacher Elrond tells the pair to go out to confront the enemy while he hides the relics sought by the dwarves.
Elrond next makes an appearance when the player's character returns to the shrine, just before it collapses on their former master. Elrond is outside and tries to comfort the player character, saying that "you can blame his death on me". He remarks on what they have just witnessed before the screen fades to black and the game advances in time by 600 years.
Thereafter, Elrond is a frequent quest-giver and an active participant in the epic story-line in the game.
Elrond is a playable warrior in the instant action mod for Rivendell and the Hero Arena at the black gate. He has a long elvish blade and an elvish throwing axe, similar to the other elven warriors. Tsunami Blade, River of Bruinen, and Water Sphere are is special abilities. In the evil campaign, Elrond is seen during the Rivendell mission. He can be killed by Uruk-hai, or by Sauron himself. It is said that Elrond is a king, and the player must obtain his ring of power after his death. However, at the end, he returns and must be killed again, together with Legolas.
- Elrond wields the sword Hadhafang in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which his daugther Arwen used during the events of the Lord of the Rings films.
Line of the Half-elvenEdit
Finwë = Indis | Fingolfin = Anairë Galdor Thingol = Melian | | | | | (1) | Turgon = Elenwë Huor = Rían Beren = Lúthien | (2) | | Idril ======== Tuor Dior = Nimloth | | | ------------- | | | Eärendil ======== Elwing Eluréd and Elurín | ------------------------------ | | Elros Elrond = Celebrían | | Kings of Númenor : | Lords of Andunie : | Elendil | | ------------------- | | | Anarion Isildur . . | . . Kings of Gondor----Kings of Arnor | | | ---------------------- Chieftains of the Dúnedain | | | : (3) | | | Aragorn ========= Arwen Elladan and Elrohir | |--------------| Eldarion Unnamed Daughters
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