Hugo Weaving as Elrond
|"The face of Elrond was ageless, neither old nor young, though in it was written the memory of many things both glad and sorrowful. His hair was dark as the shadows of twilight, and upon it was set a circlet of silver; his eyes were grey as a clear evening, and in them was a light like the light of stars. Venerable he seemed as a king crowned with many winters, and yet hale as a tried warrior in the fullness of his strength."
From The Fellowship of the Ring, Many Meetings
Elrond Peredhel was born c. 532 FA I Arvenien. Son of Eärendil and Elwing, he and his brother Elros united three bloodlines: the Noldor though his father, son of Idril, the Sindar through his mother, daughter of Nimloth and the mankind by both parents (Earendil was the son of Tuor and Elwing was the daughter of Dior, son of Beren and Lúthien). He had the physical characteristics of a Noldorian Elf: dark haired and grey eyed, tall and lean in stature.
In 538 the sons of Fëanor sacked the Havens of Sirion seeking to obtain the Silmaril Elwing had inherited from Beren and Lútien. Earendil was away at sea and Elwing ended up casting herself in the sea forsaking her four year old sons. Gil-galad and Círdan arrived too late to avoid the slaughter and taught the twins were slain also. They were found Elrond playing in a cave beneath a waterfall and Elros playing with the sea foam fostered them (letter #211). It is commonly believed that this is the origin of their names for Elrond means star dome, from the sindarin el, star and rond, hall, dome. The name Peredhel (pl. Peredhil) means half-elf, for both their parents were of mixed blood, though they had chosen to be counted in the Elven kindred. Maglor was kind to the twins and they ended loving him. He later released them.
Elrond was present at the battle of Thangorodrim, in 587 FA. At age 55 he had recently reached majority. By the end of the first age circa 590 many Elves started leaving Middle-earth and the Peredhil brothers were allowed to choose between being Men or Elves. Elrond chose to be immortal, staying in Lindon with High-King Gil-galad, while Elros chose to be of the Mankind, founding Númenor and becoming its king, known as Tar-Minyatur. He died there in SA 442. Aragorn, later fostered by Elrond, was of his lineage.
After his choice Elrond went to Lindon as Gil-galad’s squire and later as his herald, and remained there until 1695 SA, when the High King sent him to Eregion in an attempt to prevent it being taken by Sauron. He could not, however, avoid the destruction of Eregion two years later and retreated North with many of the survivors to found Imladris, a refuge hidden in a valley, know in the common language as Rivendell. Three afters Imladris was founded Sauron besieged it, but Gil-galad and the Númenórians came to their rescue. They inflicted such damage to Sauron’s armies that he retreated to Mordor and stayed there.
According to the Book of Lost Tales around 1700 SA Elrond met Celebrían when she came to Imladris with Galadriel, and loved her immediately but kept silent. Odd, if you think she was the daughter of powerful, influential people with whom an alliance would be welcomed. Besides love and political benefits, Elrond would possibly attain a more respectable status among his people through marriage and would be able to father children; though immortal. Why wait almost two thousand years? (Here’s my dirty mind working again for Gil-galad’s benefit…)
Shortly after Gil-galad held the first White Council (1702 SA) and named Elrond his Viceroy in Eriador, bestowing Vilya, the Greatest of the Three Rings on him, despite of his rulership of Imladris. For the next two thousand years there was peace and Elrond stayed in Imladris.
The events in Númenor catalysed war once more and in 3441 SA, when Gil-galad an Elendil formed the Last Alliance of Elves and Men to destroy Sauron. Elrond joined them in the battle that ended the Second Age and where Gil-galad was slain leaving the Elves of Middle-earth without a ruler. Being of high lineage and the bearer of Vilya, Elrond would have been a very acceptable substitute but he stayed in Rivendell. After the siege of Barad-dur, when the One Ring was attained by Isildur, Elrond followed him to Mount Doom and tried to persuade him to destroy it, but to no avail.
In 109 TA he married Celebrían, and fathered Elladan and Elrohir in 130 SA and Arwen Undómiel in 241 SA. His children were also called Peredhil and inherited the right to choose between mortality and immortality.
After the battle of the Last Alliance there was peace for some two thousand years, but rumours of evil started spreading through the land, and a shadow grew over Greenwood. Circa 1850 TA the wainriders started enslaving the Northmen and in 1975 TA Elrond sent an army from Rivendell, led by Glorfindel of Imladris to the Battle of Fornost, in which Angmar was destroyed.
Later, by 2509 TA Celebrían was attacked and tortured by Orcs, while returning from a visit to Lothlórien. Elrond healed her body but could not heal her soul, so she sought refuge in Valinor.
Some four few centuries later Elrond fostered Aragorn, brought there by his mother Gilraen after his father’s death. Elrond named him Estel, Sindarin for hope, for his protection, for he feared Sauron’s growing power. In 2951 TA Elrond revealed to Aragorn his true identity.
Elrond has a decisive role once again in the FOTR as he is the one who advocates that the One Ring is destroyed after Glorfindel’s first suggestion. The course of action set on the Council of Elrond led to the War of the Ring in 3019 TA when Sauron was finally an througroughly fefeated through the destruction of the One Ring which harboured his life force.
He departed over the Sea 29 September III 3021 after dwelling around 6500 years in Middle-earth. He was considered wise and kind, both a healer and loremaster as well as a seasoned warrior, though in the late Third Age, when the LOTR events take place, his role was more of a political nature. He was one of the most influential Elves in the history of Middle-earth, especially in the Second and Third Ages, though his life was marked by tragedy and loss.
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