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Tengwar Elrond


Elrond of Rivendell
Hugo Weaving portrays Elrond in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.


Biographical information

Other names
Date of birth
Year ascended to the throne
Date of death
Still alive; departed to Aman on September 29, 3021[2]
Realms ruled

Physical description

Lindon (Exiles of Gondolin), Elves of Rivendell
Hair color
Eye color
Cyril Ritchard (The Hobbit), Andre Morell (LOTR), Paul Frees (Return of the King)
"The Ring! What shall we do with the Ring, the least of rings, the trifle that Sauron fancies? That is the doom that we must deem. That is the purpose for which you are called hither."
The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"

Elrond (Sindarin; IPA: "Star-Dome") Half-elven, Lord of Rivendell, was one of the mighty rulers of old who lived in Middle-earth from the First Age through the Third Age.


First Age

Jenny Dolfen - As little might be thought

Elrond and his brother Elros with Maglor, by Jenny Dolfen

Elrond Half-elven is the son of Eärendil and Elwing, 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.[4] 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 nominal captivity and traveled to Lindon.

Second Age

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,[5] and remained in Lindon as captain and herald of Gil-Galad, the High King of the Ñoldor.[6]

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 (SA 1697) that Elrond founded Rivendell 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.[7][8]

After the combined forces of the elves under Gil-Galad, Cirdan, Elrond and the Men of Númenor defeated Sauron in SA 1701 Elrond remained in Rivendell and hosted the first White Council, attended by Galadriel, at which it was decided that Elrond's home, the Last Homely House, would remain the last stronghold west of the Misty Mountains, and that the Three Rings then held 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 Celebrían, the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel.

Elrond's armor - halfbody

Elrond in battle during the War of the Ring in the Second Age.

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 Gil-galad's herald during the war against Sauron. The Alliance, which also included elves from Lorien, men from Arnor and Gondor, and Dwarves led by Durin lV, eventually defeated Sauron's army and laid siege to Barad-dûr for seven years. Eventually, Sauron himself was defeated by Elendil and Gil-galad, allowing Isildur to cut the One Ring from Sauron's finger and claim 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. Isildur claimed the Ring as a Weregild for his father and brother, and Elrond (perhaps not fully understanding the nature of the One Ring) acknowledged his claim. 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.[7]

Third Age

Elrond in Rivendell - The Hobbit

Elrond in Rivendell.

In the year TA 109, Elrond wedded Celebrían. In the year TA 130, the twins Elladan and Elrohir were born, and in TA 241 a daughter, Arwen Undómiel. Elrond lost Celebrían in TA 2510 when she was waylaid by orcs crossing the Misty Mountains and, unable to recover, took a ship to the Undying Lands.[9][10]

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.[11]

He also was a member of the White Council, which was often held in Rivendell, and was a great friend of Gandalf the Grey. He helped Thorin Oakenshield's expedition to retake the Lonely Mountain by discovering and translating the Moon Writing on Thorin's map.[12]

After Frodo's departure from the Shire with the One Ring, Elrond sent out riders to help guide him back to Rivendell. One of these, Glorfindel, successfully found Frodo and helped him reach Rivendell.[13] On October 25, 3018 he held the Council at which it was decided to attempt to destroy the One Ring. He appeared to have selected the members of the Fellowship other than Frodo and Sam.[14]

Later, Elrond sent his sons Elladan and Elrohir with the Rangers of the North to Rohan. Through his sons, Elrond advised Aragorn to take the Paths of the Dead.[15]

Elves head to Valinor

Elrond departs Middle-earth

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.[16] On September 29, 3021, Elrond left Middle-earth to go over the sea with the other Ring-bearers, never to return.[17]


Elrond is a Sindarin name that means "Star-dome" or "Elf of the cave", from el ("Elf" or "star", interchangeably) and rond ("cave, vault").[18][19][20]


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. The latter may be more probable in that Elrond managed to cure a Morgul wound, something which is almost invariably fatal due to its association with dark sorcery. While it is unknown just how powerful Elrond is compared to other Elf Lords, he certainly holds vast potential, being descended from the angelic Maia Melian and being the wielder of the ring of power Vilya. A notable demonstration includes Elrond summoning a great flood on the River Bruinen to sweep away the Nazgûl. Elrond was also familiar with ósanwe, the skill of entering others' minds. After the destruction of the One Ring Elrond communicated mentally with Galadriel and Gandalf on their return journey from Minas Tirith.[21]

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.

Line of the Half-elven

Eluréd and Elurín
Kings of Númenor
Lords of Andunie
Kings of Arnor
Kings of Gondor
Chieftains of
the Dúnedain

The marriages between Elves and Men are in bold.
The half-elven or the Peredhil are in italic.

Appearances in the Books and Films

In the books

In the films

Portrayal in adaptations

The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Elrond The Hobbit

Elrond, as he appears in The Hobbit

In the movie trilogy by Peter Jackson, Elrond is played by Hugo Weaving.

"I was there three thousand years ago, when the strength of Men failed."
Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring

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. This has led to much fan speculation that the Elves characterization in the films may or may not be unconsciously inspired by the Vulcans in the Star Trek universe, primarily due to their sharing the trait of pointed ears as well as the Vulcans tendency for mysticism.

Elrond is considerably warmer however towards the hobbits, and in particular he is intrigued by Frodo's resilience to the One Ring. After healing Frodo's Morgul wound, he and Gandalf debate over the fate of the world. Gandalf states that hope lies in the world of Men. When Elrond reminds Gandalf of the weakness of Men (quoting Isildur's failure to destroy the ring), Gandalf points out that Aragorn could potentially unite the Men of the West. Elrond summons the council, and states that the ring must be destroyed by returning it to the fires of Mount Doom. When the council results in everyone quarelling, Frodo declares he will take the ring. Elrond is amused when Sam interrupts the council to join Frodo, but he is less receptive towards Merry and Pippin when they decide to join too. Nevertheless, an elated Elrond declares them to be the Fellowship of the Ring.

In the second film, he is seen urging Arwen to take the ships for Valinor. She is reluctant to do so, and so Elrond foretells that her future will be grim even if Sauron is defeated; that Aragorn will eventually die, and Arwen will endlessly wander the world in grief. As a result, Arwen decides to leave for the Undying Lands. Elrond is later contacted by Galadriel in a telepathic conversation. She encourages him to send a battalion of troops to aid the Men at Helm's Deep. Oddly, the Elves who arrive at Helm's Deep are from Lothlorien.

In the third film, Arwen sees a vision of her son Eldarion and immediately heads back to Rivendell to confront her father with this knowledge. There, Arwen demands to know what her father foresaw. Elrond states that he saw her dying, but Arwen reveals that she knows of her son. Elrond feels that future is no longer a certainty, but Arwen feels that it can still be. She urges her father to reforge the sword of Narsil, and Elrond agrees. He then finds that the life of the Eldar is leaving Arwen, as a result of her choice to stay in Middle-Earth. Elrond is saddened by this, but he accepts that Arwen has made her choice.

Later, Elrond arrives at the Rohan encampment in Dunharrow, and meets with Aragorn. Elrond brings news that Arwen has denied Valinor and is dying as a result. He declares that despite their bravery, they cannot defeat the armies of Mordor as they are vastly outnumbered. Elrond sates that the Oathbreakers of Dunharrow must be summoned to fulfill their duty, and he presents Aragorn with the newly reforged sword of Anduril. Aragorn takes the sword and agrees to take the Paths of the Dead.

After Sauron's defeat, Elrond is present at Aragorn's coronation in Minas Tirith. He is visibly thrilled to see his daughter happy with Aragorn. Elrond is last seen at the Grey Havens with Galadriel and Celeborn. Elrond welcomes Bilbo onto the ship, and with the last ring bearers he departs into the west.

The Hobbit film trilogy

Elrond's Dol Guldur armor

Elrond's armor during the battle in Dol Guldur

Elrond takes role in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. He initially appears when the Elves of Rivendell ambushed the Warg-riders chasing Thorin and Company. Elrond wields Hadhafang (Arwen's sword in The Fellowship of the Ring) and is accompanied by Lindir. He warmly welcomes Gandalf and Thorin into Rivendell and identifies their respective swords, Glamdring and Orcrist.

When Elrond inquires as to why they were journeying on the great east road, Gandalf persuades Thorin to show Elrond the map of Erebor. Thorin is reluctant, but in his desperation he hands Elrond the map. Elrond realises that the writing is written in moon runes. He holds the map under the moonlight and translates the ancient writing, revealing the secret passage into the Lonely Mountain. He then deduces that Thorin intends to enter the mountain and reclaim the treasure. Elrond is skeptical of this, deeming it unwise, and he and Gandalf converse.

Gandalf asserts that the Dwarves are not willing to pass up an opportunity to reclaim the mountain, and that they have every right to do so. Elrond however feels that Gandalf should explain this to the White Council, and the two meet with Galadriel and Saruman. Elrond at first is doubtful of Gandalf's warnings, remarking that they had lived in peace for 400 years. But when Gandalf reveals the Morgul Blade, Elrond is visibly horrified by the sight of the weapon, realising that the situation is more serious than it seems. As explained by Elrond, the tombs of the Nazgûl are protected by powerful spells. He is then notified by Lindir that the Dwarves have left Rivendell.

Elrond reappears in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, where he and Galadriel rescue Gandalf in Dol Guldur. He is summoned to Dol Guldur by unknown means, possibly due to Galadriel communicating with him telepathically. Elrond and Saruman arrive on the scene just as Galadriel and Gandalf are surrounded by the spectres of the Nazgul. Elrond warns they should have remained dead before he subsequently duels with them, visibly wielding his ring Vilya. Elrond notably holds his own against several wraiths at once, before they are all defeated. He attempts to defend Galadriel as Sauron manifests before them, along with all of the nine. Elrond then watches on in amazement as Galadriel takes on a terrifying form to repel Sauron., After Sauron and the Nazgul are driven away, Elrond urges a pursuit of Sauron. Saruman instructs him to take Galadriel back to Lothlorien, while he himself shall deal with Sauron.

Voice Dubbing actors

Foreign Language Voice dubbing artist
Spanish (Latin America) Humberto Solórzano (The Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit)
Carlos Segundo (The Lord of the Rings re-dubbing)
Spanish (Spain) Abel Folk
Portuguese (Brazil) (Television/DVD) Luiz Laffey / Hélio Ribeiro (The Hobbit trilogy)
German Wolfgang Condrus
Italian (Italy) Luca Biagini
French (France) Feodor Atkine
Polish Adam Bauman (The Hobbit trilogy)
Czech Vladislav Beneš
Slovak Ivan Gogál
Turkish Ali Düşenkalkar

Video Games


Elrond from The Lord of the Rings Online.

  • In The Lord of the Rings Online, 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.

  • In The Lord of the Rings: Conquest, 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 his special abilities. He is the narrator for both campaigns. 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.
  • In The Battle for Middle-Earth II, Elrond is a hero of the Elf faction. His powers include two healing spells: Athelas, which heals himself and all nearby heroes, and a magical spell which restores heroes' health and abilities. His most powerful spell is a whirlwind (possibly an allusion to Elrond's ring of air), which can be used to sweep the map and instantly wreak havoc upon attacking units. He is the narrator for both of the campaigns, as he does in Conquest. In the Good Campaign, Elrond is playable in the first mission, where the player must defend Rivendell. He is also playable during the last mission, when the player must destroy the fortress of Dol Guldur. In the Evil Campaign, he must be killed during the last mission at Rivendell.

Translations around the World

Foreign Language Translated name
Chinese (Hong Kong) 愛隆


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  1. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 11: The War of the Jewels, V. The Tale of Years
  2. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter I: "Many Meetings"
  4. The Silmarillion, Quenta Silmarillion, Chapter XXIV: "Of the Voyage of Eärendil and the War of Wrath"
  5. The Silmarillion, Akallabêth (The Downfall of Númenor)
  6. Unfinished Tales, Introduction, Part Two, IV: "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn"
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Silmarillion, Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age
  8. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  9. 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"
  10. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  11. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (v): "The tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  12. The Hobbit, Chapter III: "A Short Rest"
  13. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Chapter XII: "Flight to the Ford"
  14. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Chapter II: "The Council of Elrond"
  15. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter II: "The Passing of the Gray Company"
  16. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter V: "The Steward and the King"
  17. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter IX: "The Grey Havens"
  18. The Silmarillion, Index of Names
  19. The Silmarillion, Appendix: Elements in Quenya and Sindarin names
  20. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. 12: The Peoples of Middle-earth, XII: "The Problem of Ros"
  21. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Chapter VI: "Many Partings"

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