27 Facts About Elrond


Elrond Half-elven is a fictional character in JR R Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.

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Elrond is the bearer of the elven-ring Vilya, the Ring of Air, and master of Rivendell, where he has lived for thousands of years through the Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth.

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Elrond was the Elf-king Gil-galad's herald at the end of the Second Age, saw Gil-galad and king Elendil fight the dark lord Sauron for the One Ring, and Elendil's son Isildur take it rather than destroy it.

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Elrond is introduced in The Hobbit, where he plays a supporting role, as he does in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion.

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Elrond has been called a guide or wisdom figure, a wise person able to provide useful counsel to the protagonists.

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Elrond was born in the First Age at the refuge of the Mouths of Sirion in Beleriand, the son of the half-elven mariner Earendil and Elwing his wife, and a great-grandson of Beren and Luthien.

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When Beleriand was destroyed at the end of the First Age, Elrond went to Lindon with the household of Gil-galad, the last High King of the Noldor.

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Elrond was able to retreat north to a secluded valley, where he established the refuge of Imladris, later called Rivendell; he lived there through the Second and Third Ages.

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Elrond saw Elendil's son Isildur destroy Sauron's physical body and take the One Ring for himself; Elrond and Cirdan urged Isildur to destroy it, but he refused.

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Elrond served as Gil-galad's herald, and he and Cirdan were entrusted with the two Elven Rings that Gil-galad held.

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Elrond married Celebrian, daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel, early in the Third Age.

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Celebrian and Elrond had three children: the twins Elladan and Elrohir, and Arwen Undomiel.

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Elrond was captured and tormented and received a poisoned wound.

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Elrond was rescued by her sons and healed by Elrond, but "after fear and torment" she could no longer find joy in Middle-earth, so she passed to the Grey Havens and over the Sea to Valinor in the following year.

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Elrond befriended the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the company's "burglar", and received him as a permanent guest some 60 years later.

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Elrond headed the Council of Elrond, at which it was decided that the One Ring should be destroyed where it was forged, in Mount Doom in Mordor.

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Elrond agreed that Frodo Baggins, Bilbo's nephew and heir, should bear the Ring during the journey, aided by eight others, reasoning that a company of nine in the service of Middle-earth would counteract the nine Nazgul, Sauron's most fearsome servants, who sought to help their master conquer it.

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Elrond remained in Rivendell until the destruction of both the Ring and Sauron in the War of the Ring.

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Elrond then travelled to Minas Tirith for the marriage of Arwen and Aragorn, now King of the Reunited Kingdom of Arnor and Gondor.

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Three years later, at the approximate age of 6,520, Elrond left Middle-earth to go over the Sea with Gandalf, Galadriel, Frodo, and Bilbo, never to return.

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Elrond gives as example King Thingol's demand that the hero Beren must bring a Silmaril from the iron crown of the Dark Lord Morgoth.

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But, he writes, Elrond is a caring father with no trace of cruelty.

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Elrond notes that this was a major theme in Tolkien's legendarium, with father-son pairs like Hurin and Turin, or the Dark Elf Eol betrayed by his power-hungry son, Maeglin.

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Rosebury comments that Elrond's forbidding Arwen to marry has an analogue with Tolkien's own youth, when his guardian Father Francis Morgan took responsibility for Tolkien's moral wellbeing after his mother Mabel's death, blocking his relationship with Edith Bratt, whom he eventually married.

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Elrond is seen in The Hobbit as one with knowledge of the ancient runes and the ability to read moon letters, as well as giving advice on the best route.

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Elrond is seen to use an archaic but clear style in the Council of Elrond.

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Elrond is one of the major characters in The Lord of the Rings Online.

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