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"El-whosawha?" you say? Well, Elrond is a character from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings books and the recent trilogy of movies of the same name that has thoroughly enthralled me ^_^ He is an Elf and the Lord of Imladris, or Rivendell in the common tongue. He is played by the fabulous Hugo Weaving in the film.

.:: Stats ::.
Name: Elrond Half-Elven
Born: Exact date unknown, sometime in the First Age
Race: Half-Elvish
Hair: Dark brown
Eyes: Grey
Height: Around 6'
(info from www.theonering.net)

.:: Family ::.
Eärendil and Elwing, his father and mother respectively. They figure big in The Silmarillion from what I gather and eventually wind up Valinor (the Blessed Realm) across the sea, which later becomes completely inaccessible to Middle-earth, even by sailing West.

Elros, his brother. Chose to live among Men and was the first king of Númenor. Died at a very old age all the same.

Celebrían, his wife and daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn. According to Appendix A of Lord of the Rings, in 2509 she was attacked and wounded with a poison arrow by Orcs on a trip to Lórien. She was rescued by her sons and healed by Elrond in Imladris, but afterwards "lost all delight in Middle-earth, and the next year went to the Havens and passed over the Sea" (1019).

Elladan and Elrohir, his twin sons. Born in 130 of the Second Age. Saved their mother, aided Aragorn in Return of the King during his time in Gondor… uhh… that's the only definitive thing I know about them at this point ^_^;; I'll update this part eventually.

Arwen Undómiel, his daughter. Ahh yes indeedy, she did some pretty fancy stuff in the movie but she's kind of a dud in the books unfortunately. Sits around, looks pretty, marries Aragorn, becomes Queen of Gondor and all that. More to be said, in all fairness, but I've got to finish reading through the appendixes first ^_^; She was born in 241 of the Second Age.


To extrapolate a bit, Elrond's family and general history, being Elvish and quite ancient, is fraught with the mythology and hardships of Middle-earth's history. He is Peredhil, or half-elven, because his great-grandmother, Lúthien Tinúviel became mortal (a story in and of itself) and married Beren in the First Age after he regained one of the silmaril (jewels of power) that had been stolen by Morgoth and placed in his crown. Their son, Dior, later had a daughter, Elwing, who was Elrond's mother, also keeper of this silmaril. She married Eärendil, also called "half-elven" and the latter result was Elrond and Elros.

His parents, however, being rather caught up in this war against Morgoth, sailed across the sea to plea for help in Valinor (the Blessed Realm). Eärendil attained it, but was not permitted to return back to Middle-earth, and his ship and the silmaril were set amongst the stars. It is not specified whether Elwing accompanied him on this journey and was also placed among the stars, but since she goes unmentioned from this point on it's safe to at least assume she never returned to Middle-earth as well.

Following all of this mess, all the Half-elven were forced to choose between Elven and Human kind by the Valar (the Lords of Valinor, more or less literally "the powers that be" since Vala means "power"). While Elrond chose Elven-kind his brother Elros chose to become human and eventually died after a long life span as the first king of Númenor.

During all this Sauron had staked his claim, forged the One Ring of Power and after the destruction of Númenor took up residence in Mordor. Elrond, under the elven king, Gil-galad, fought in the Last Alliance, of elves and men. The alliance was between Elendil and Gil-galad, against Sauron, and anyone who's seen the movie can figure out how that went.

Sometime in the midst of all these goings on, Vilya, the ring of the air, one of the three rings of power given to the elves, was given to Elrond by Gil-galad, probably for the purpose of being hidden from Sauron.

.:: Imladris ::.

An elvish city in the north of Middle-earth near the Misty Mountains, Rivendell is the long time home of Elrond and his family. It was created in 1697 of the Second Age as a refuge during the war with Sauron.

It is also later the location of what comes to be known as the Council of Elrond in 3018 of the Third Age, a gathering of men, elves, dwarves, and a few hobbits to determine the fate of the one ring carried by the hobbit, Frodo.



All of the above information has been gathered through the appendices in the back of my copy of Return of the King and various portions of The Silmarillion. If anything seems incorrect, please let me know! I'll recheck my research and set right what has been wronged if I can. ^_^ I've done my best to summarize these complex texts, no infringement is intended!