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Rivendell
Background Information
Type City, Valley
Location West of the Misty Mountains
Realms Eriador
Capital
Founded/Built SA 1697[1]
Ruler Elrond
Other Information
Summary The dominion of Elrond
Other names The Last Homely House East of the Sea, Imladris
Inhabitants Elves
Spoken Languages Sindarin, Westron
Lifespan SA 1697 - Fourth Age


Rivendell, also known as Imladris, was an Elven outpost in Middle-earth. It is also referred to as "The Last Homely House East of the Sea", a reference to Valinor, which is west of the Great Sea in Aman.

LocationEdit

Rivendell was located at the edge of a narrow gorge of the river Loudwater (one of the main approaches to Rivendell comes from the nearby Ford of Bruinen), but well hidden in the moorlands and foothills of the Misty Mountains.

HistoryEdit

Second AgeEdit

Rivendell - The Hobbit

Rivendell

Rivendell was established by Elrond in the Second Age of Middle-earth in SA 1697. Following the establishment of the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, the hosts of Gil-galad and Elendil march to Rivendell and proceed westwards to Dagorlad.[1]

Third AgeEdit

In the Third Age, the heirs of Isildur were fostered in Rivendell and the heirlooms were kept by Elrond.

Quest for EreborEdit

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Elves of Rivendell.

During the Quest for the Lonely Mountain, Bilbo Baggins and the Company of Thorin stopped off at Rivendell. Bilbo described it as "a perfect house, whether you like food or sleep or story-telling or singing, or just sitting and thinking best, or a pleasant mixture of them all."[2] After the quest, Bilbo and Gandalf returned there and were greeted again by the elves.[3]

War of the RingEdit

Years later, Frodo Baggins and his Hobbit companions journeyed to Rivendell, where they met with Bilbo, who had retired there after his eleventy-first birthday. Several other Elves, Dwarves and Men also arrived at Rivendell on separate errands;[4] at the Council of Elrond they learnt that all of their errands are related to the fate of the One Ring, and they must decide what to do about it. In the end, it was the Hobbits who influenced the decision.

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A drawing of Rivendell by J.R.R. Tolkien

There was a large hall with a dais and several tables for feasting. Another hall, the Hall of Fire, had a fire in it all year round with carven pillars on either side of the hearth; it was used for singing and story telling on high days but stood empty the rest of the time so people could go there to quietly think. The eastern side of the house had a porch where Frodo Baggins found his friends once he awakened and where the Council of Elrond was held.[5]

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Frodo on a balcony of The Last Homely House in Rivendell.

Rivendell was protected from attack (mainly by the River Bruinen, Elrond, and Elven magic), but Elrond himself said that Rivendell is a place of peace and learning, not a stronghold of battle. There were a few assaults on Rivendell in various video games, and they were either failures or successes depending on whether Sauron found the Ring.

After the War and of Elrond's departure, his sons Elladan and Elrohir lived in Rivendell. Their grandfather Celeborn lived with them for a while until he finally took ship and sailed West.[6]

InhabitantsEdit

Aside from Elrond, several notable elves lived there:

EtymologyEdit

Imladris is a Sindarin term which means "deep valley of the cleft": from imlad ("glen, deep valley") and rist ("cleft") or riss ("ravine").[7] Its Westron term Rivendell comes from the English riven ("to tear apart or split") and dell ("valley").

Behind the ScenesEdit

The valley of Imladris (within which Rivendell is situated) was based upon the landscape of Lauterbrunnen, Switzerland. Tolkien was said to have journeyed to this region; his original painting of Rivendell is significantly similar to the Lauterbrunnen itself.

Extended EditionEdit

In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey extended edition scenes in Rivendell were greatly expanded. It makes sense as the company is supposed to have stayed there for 14 days leading up to mid summers eve. The scenes include Elrond discussing problems about the kitchens to Lindir, when they discover the dwarves bathing in a special fountain. The second scene is bilbo looking around Rivendell and discovering Narsil and then meeting Elrond. In there conversation the hobbit amuses the elf lord with a witty riddle as an answer to his questions. Elrond then tells him that if he ever would like to return to Rivendell after his mission he would be welcome to stay. We also see dwarves messing about in dinner and Bofur singing a song and also Elrond and Gandalf discussing important matters under the watch of Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo.


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Elven Realms of Middle-earth throughout the Ages
Years of the Trees Cuiviénen | Eglador | Havens of the Falas
First Age Doriath | Dorthonion | Gondolin | Havens of Sirion | Havens of the Falas | Himlad & Pass of Aglon | Hithlum | Maglor's Gap | March of Maedhros | Nargothrond | Nevrast | Ossiriand | Pass of Sirion | Thargelion
Second Age Eregion | Greenwood the Great | Lindon | Rivendell
Third Age Lindon | Lothlórien | Northern Mirkwood | Rivendell
Fourth Age Lindon | Lothlórien & East Lórien | Rivendell | Wood of Greenleaves


ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Second Age"
  2. The Hobbit, Chapter III: "A Short Rest"
  3. The Hobbit, Chapter XIX: "The Last Stage"
  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 II: "The Council of Elrond"
  6. The Lord of the Rings, Prologue, "Note on the Shire Records"
  7. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

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