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The Half-Elven, Master of Rivendell, father of Arwen, and bearer of one of the three elven Rings, Vilya the Ring of Air, given to him by Gil-galad before the latter's death at the end of the Second Age. He was a great warrior during the Second Age, and is a great healer and scholar as well as a cunning strategist; however, he also acts as opposition to Aragorn from a much less lofty post: that of Overprotective Dad.
- Alliterative Family: Elrond's brother is Elros and his sons are Elladan and Elrohir.
- Badass Bookworm: He fought in the Last Alliance under Gil-galad, and is famous for his learning.
- Bittersweet Ending: The Fellowship defeated Sauron, restored the kingdom of Gondor and Arnor, and saved Middle-Earth. But Elrond had to part with his daughter Arwen forever, even beyond the end of the world. His sons may have become mortal as well, which would leave him with no surviving children.
- It's said in the Appendices that for Elrond, "all chances of the War of the Ring were fraught with sorrow." Either Sauron prevailed, or Aragorn became king and he lost Arwen.
- Read his backstory in The Silmarillion and the Appendix to The Lord of the Rings. Elrond was separated from his parents, his brother chose to be a Man, and his wife was so thoroughly traumatized by being tortured by Orcs she had to leave for Valinor. Even his foster-father Maglor, whom he seems to have been happy with despite the way they met, eventually vanished when Elrond was a young adult. Elrond's experiences with his family is nothing but this trope.
- Cultured Badass: A renowned loremaster, he also led Gil-galad's army against Sauron in the Second Age.
- Divine Parentage: His ancestor Melian is a Maia.
- Elemental Powers: The Ring of Air presumably gives him these, though his main demonstration is in making the river Bruinen flood.
- Happily Adopted: By Maglor. Rather remarkable, considering that Maglor took him and his brother prisoner (when they were about five years old), and was among the people who tried to kill his mother and successfully killed his grandparents. See Stockholm Syndrome below.
- Healing Hands: Though a capable commander in wartime, his skills and inclinations run mostly towards medicine. He's good enough to prevent the Morgul-knife wound from turning Frodo into a wraith.
- Heinz Hybrid: Hence Elrond the Half-Elven. (Technically he's 9/16 elven, 3/8 Man, and 1/16 angelic, but that was too long for a nickname.)
- Heroic Lineage: His ancestors were mostly famous heroes in Beleriand in the war against Morgoth. His brother Elros became the first King of Númenor, so he's also closely related to the Heroic Lineage that produced Aragorn.
- Parental Abandonment: His parents were both chased out of his homeland by an invasion when he was a little kid, and his father then became the Morning Star. It Makes Sense in Context.
- Parental Substitute: For Aragorn, whom "he came to love as a son." He also fostered several of Aragorn's ancestors.
- The Philosopher King: People of all races and from all around Middle-Earth will go to Rivendell to seek his counsel.
- Psychic Powers: He communicates without speaking with Galadriel, Celeborn and Gandalf using Telepathy at the end of the book.
- Overprotective Dad: Demanded that Aragorn become king of both Arnor and Gondor before marrying Arwen. At the time the books take place, Gondor hadn't had a king for almost a thousand years, and Arnor hadn't even existed for more than a thousand years.
- Really 700 Years Old: More like Sixty-five Hundred Years Old.
- Stellar Name: "Vault of the Stars" or "Star-dome."
- Stockholm Syndrome: In The Silmarillion he and his brother Elros were taken in by Maglor, one of the Sons of Fëanor, who led the invasion that killed their grandfather and raided their home in pursuit of a Silmaril. Maglor was kind to them, and only he and Maedhros showed remorse for the actions they took in pursuit of their Oath.
- Theme Twin Naming: Theme Twin Naming is a thing with Half-Elven twin boys, one he kept up with his own sons.
- The Three Faces of Adam: Aragorn is The Hunter, seeking a place for himself in this world and to prove himself worthy to get what he wants, Elrond is The Lord, well-established, striving to maintain a balance and preserve what he has, Gandalf is The Prophet, the guide who tries to impress his wisdom on the young ones.
Arwen Undómiel, the Evenstar, is a half-elven woman of great beauty whom Aragorn hopes to marry. Unfortunately, she shows up in only three chapters of the story, the second one being her wedding to the King of Gondor. Tolkien rectified by including more about her romance with Aragorn in the appendices.
- Alphabetical Theme Naming: Arwen and Aragorn.
- Author Appeal: Of the Raven Hair, Ivory Skin variety. She's the second-most beautiful woman ever born (after her ancestor Lúthien, whom she greatly resembles) and like Lúthien, her hair is very black and her skin very white.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: While Aragorn aged fairly normally (for a 200-year-old guy), Arwen remained youthful right up until her death. She still hadn't become weary of Middle-Earth by the time Aragorn died.
- Bittersweet Ending: She gives up her immortality to stay with Aragorn, but it's indicated that he eventually dies, and she follows him not long afterward.
- My Girl Back Home: For Aragorn during most of the book.
- Heinz Hybrid: 25/32 elven, 3/16 Man, and 1/32 angelic.
- Heroic Lineage: Descended from Galadriel, Celeborn, Eärendil, Tuor, Idril, Dior, Beren, Lúthien, Barahir, Turgon, Fingolfin, Thingol, and other famous characters.
- Hero's Muse: She functions in this role for Aragorn: the driving force behind his striving to regain his crown is his love for Arwen and the fact that he can only marry her once he is king.
- The High Queen: Of Gondor.
- The Lady's Favor: Wove a flag for Aragorn; gave him the Elfstone via Galadriel.
- Mayfly–December Romance: With a mortal, leading her eventually to give up the Elvish immortality which she'd had for the past 2700 years.
- Missing Mom: Her mother Celebrían, unable to endure the woes of Middle-Earth any longer, had sailed West centuries ago.
- Princess Classic: Not really a princess in title, but in everything else.
- Proper Lady: nearly her defining trait.
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: A family trait.
- Really 700 Years Old: Twenty-seven hundred years, to be precise. And like an elf, she looks eternally youthful.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: When Aragorn decided to die of old age 120 years after the War of the Ring, she finally understood how unpleasant dying of old age can be. But by then it was too late to change her mind.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Literally (after Lúthien died).
- "In Dwimordene, in LorienSeldom have walked the feet of Men,Few mortal eyes have seen the light,That lies there ever long and bright.Galadriel! Galadriel!Clear is the water of your well,White is the star in your white hand,Unmarred, unstained is leaf and land,In Dwimordene, in Lorien,More fair than thoughts of Mortal Men."
- Action Girl: In her youth. According to one version in Unfinished Tales, she fought for the Teleri in the first Kinslaying. And that she was an Action Girl actually means a lot more than it sounds like — the elves believed women had a special role as healers, a task no less critical than that of warriors, most of whom were men. Women could fight (and certainly trained to know how), but it was believed that the act of fighting endangered their abilities as healers. And it's hinted in the novels that she still is an Action Girl, if single-handedly destroying Dol Guldur in the War of the Ring is anything to go by.
- Battle Couple: Galadriel and Celeborn. While Frodo and Sam are on their way to Mordor, Celeborn marshals the forces of Lórien to cross the Anduin and lay siege to Dol Guldur. After a long battle, Celeborn captures the fortress and Galadriel throws down its walls and purifies it.
- Beware the Nice Ones: You would not want her to take the One Ring, not at all.
- Big Good: Frodo even offers her the Ring because of this, although this turns out not to be a good idea. Her title of "the Lady of Light" also puts her in direct thematic opposition to the Big Bad Sauron, who is known as "the Dark Lord".
- Dream Weaver: Owns a magic pool that shows the person who looks into it visions of the past, present, and possible futures.
- Not to mention that she was single-handedly responsible for the transformation of a fairly ordinary woodland realm into the Golden Wood of Lothlorien (a name that even means "Dream Blossom" or "Land of Dreaming Blossoms") a living memory of old Eldamar in which the effects and even perception of time are neigh nonexistent.
- The Dulcinea Effect: Has this effect on Gimli, despite that whole Elves vs. Dwarves thing.
- Elemental Powers: Wields Nenya, the elven Ring of Water, and uses its power to keep her kingdom more or less frozen in time.
- The Fair Folk: The Rohirrim think of her as this, and she isn't entirely sure she isn't one herself.
- Fantastic Light Source: The phial that she gifts to Frodo contains water from her mirror that has been infused with the light of the star of Eärendil which itself is a Silmaril being pulled around the night sky in a ship by Elrond's father, Eärendil. The phial ends up being invaluable to Frodo and Sam later on as they use it to escape Shelob's lair.
- The Final Temptation: When Frodo offers her the Ring, she speculates what she could become if she took it.
- Fisher King: Over Lothlórien, thanks to Nenya. When the Rings fail and she leaves, its beauty and enchantment quickly fade.
- Foil: In several ways she's Sauron's mirror opposite. Both she and Sauron rule over mighty regions primarily kept running by their own power, both are immensely powerful creatures whose spiritual influence echo through Middle Earth and affect character's psyches often and both possess rings of power. This is most noticeable when Frodo and Sam are making their way through Mordor, and they often describe a dark influence storming their spirit (implicitly, Sauron's will echoing) but also a light power arising within them (implicitly, Galadriel's influence).
- Gold and White Are Divine: The description of her in the books is clearly meant to evoke this trope. Her famous hair is of the deepest gold woven with silver and she primarily wears flowing white gowns of the deepest white adorned with jewellery made from gold and/or Mithril. It is clearly meant to symbolise her divinity as one of the oldest, wisest and most powerful beings in all of the realm and perhaps the sole being (other than Gandalf himself) in Middle-earth that Sauron actually fears. Due to her own powers combined with her ring Nenya he cannot see into her mind without the power of the One Ring. Also, she is the Lady of Light and Light Is Good.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: Galadriel's temptation shows that she could be this, but she resists.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Like all the House of Finarfin. They were the wisest and kindest of the Noldorin royal houses (though Galadriel is still badly tempted by the One Ring), the most friendly to mortals, and the ones least guilty of wrongdoing in the rebellion. None of them took part in the Kinslaying even by accident. In his last writings Tolkien even decided that Galadriel didn't participate in the rebellion at all, but left Valinor separately.
- Hidden Depths: She too lusts after the Ring, but overcomes its temptation.
- The High Queen: Technically she is not a Queen as she and Celeborn did not wish to take royal titles, but she is still the leader of Lothlórien.
- As the daughter of Finarfin and the highest ranking Noldorin Elf left in Middle-earth, she could have become the actual High Queen after the death of her kinsman Gil-galad, but neither she nor Elrond (a descendant of her cousin Turgon) succeeded as monarch for unknown reasons.
- I Have Many Names:
- Artanis, "noble woman," was her father-name, or the name given to her by her father Finarfin.
- Nerwen, "man-maiden," was her mother-name, or the name given to her by her mother Eärwen. This was in reference to her unusual tall height and strength for a woman.
- Alatárielle, "maiden crowned with a radiant garland," was given to her back in Aman by her Telerin lover Teleporno, in reference to her silver-gold hair.
- Altáriel was the Quenya semi-calque of Alatárielle. The full calque would have been Ñaltáriel, but this was not used as her Quenya form.
- Galadriel was the Sindarin calque of Alatárielle, after she and her husband went to Middle-Earth. Teleporno took the name Celeborn, the Sindarin calque of his own name, presumably to stop everyone from snickering. If your name was Teleporno, you too would want to change it to anything else.
- Her titles include Lady of the Golden Wood.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Played with. Galadriel seems so perfectly good that Frodo offers her the Ring (apparently forgetting Gandalf's reaction to the same offer). She reveals that she is not incorruptible — that Frodo has unthinkingly presented her with a terrible temptation. She overcomes that temptation long enough to send the Ring away.
- It May Help You on Your Quest: She gives each of the Fellowship a gift at their parting, and specifically hints that the Phial of Light she gave to Frodo may be much more useful than it looks. It is. Subverted with her gift to Sam (a box of soil from her garden "for [the] little gardener and lover of trees"). She even lampshades that, saying that it is a gift that will only ever be useful if he completes the quest.
- It's Personal: Galadriel had even more reason than most to want Sauron destroyed as he was directly responsible for the death of her older brother Finrod and much of the rest of her family (including her other brothers Angrod and Aegnor) were slain in the many battles against his former master, Morgoth.
- Just the First Citizen: Galadriel and Celeborn made the decision not to take royal titles (which is why they are the Lord and Lady of their realm rather than the King and Queen) as they saw themselves as the guardians of Lothlórien rather than it's rulers.
- Last of Her Kind: Not the last Elf, but the last of the – named, at least – Noldor who were exiled from Valinor. Also, incidentally, the only one to return (without dying first).
- The Lady's Favor: Three golden hairs from her head. Which is more than Fëanor got, incidentally...
- Light Is Not Good: She's referred to as the Lady of the Golden Wood or Lady of Light, and while firmly on the side of good for the purposes of the story, has serious implicit (and in The Silmarillion explicit) power trip tendencies.
- Meaningful Name: Galadriel is Sindarin for 'maiden crowned with a radiant garland'. It's actually not her birth name (her father-name was Artanis and her mother-name was Nerwen), but was instead bestowed upon her by Celeborn.
- The Philosopher King: Probably one of the wisest still in Middle-Earth.
- Psychic Powers / Telepathy: She greets each of the Fellowship with a searching telepathic question, which greatly unnerves some of them. She also communicates without speaking with Gandalf, Celeborn and Elrond using Telepathy at the end of the final book.
- Appears to be a family trait, her brother Finrod could not only communicate telepathically, but was actually able to full-on read people's minds (he used it to become an omniglot).
- Reused Character Design: Literary example: the terms and attributes she is described with make her resemble strongly Goldberry, who was introduced before her and might even have been created earlier in Tolkien's mind.
- Royal Blood: Galadriel is of quite a complex mixed royal Elven heritage. She is the only daughter of Finarfin, who was at the time of her birth a prince of the Noldor who eventually ascended to be the High King of the Noldor in the Undying Lands. Finarfin himself is of both Noldorin blood (from his father Finwë's side) and Vanyarin blood (from his mother Indis's side). Also, Galadriel's mother and Finarfin's wife is Eärwen who (being the daughter of Olwë) was also a princess of the Teleri in the Undying Lands. Therefore, despite being identified as a Noldorin Elf, she is actually descended from the royalty of three separate Elven houses and is really part Noldor, part Vanyar and part Teleri. This is most likely how she got her infamously beautiful silver-gold hair when the Noldor are usually identified as being dark haired. The gold would be from her Vanyarin heritage and the silver from her Teleri heritage.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: She's one of the bearers of the three Elven Rings (Nenya the Ring of Water), and has kept Lothlórien free of stain for centuries with it. She also regularly assists in repelling Orc attacks against her realm and during the War of the Ring, she and Celeborn marshal their forces and cross the Anduin to lay siege to the armies of Dol Guldur where, following a long battle, Celeborn captures the fortress and Galadriel throws down it's walls and purifies it of its evil.
- Ruling Couple: Galadriel and Celeborn have been Happily Married for thousands of years and co-rule Lothlórien together. The wood elves that they rule over seem to revere and love them both, most likely because they have made the Golden Wood a peaceful, safe and prosperous place to live for millennia.
- Sacred Hospitality: Galadriel and Celeborn aid and shelter the Fellowship in Lothlórien.
- Shrouded in Myth: She seems to have developed something of legend status amongst Dwarves and Men alike. Even some of the Elves who live in other realms of Middle-earth don't appear to know if she actually exists or is just a myth. Éomer comments that the people of Rohan call Lothlórien 'Dwimoden, the Haunted Vale' because every once in a while a member of the Rohirrim will go wandering in the Golden Wood and, if they return at all, they are 'changed somehow'. No non-Elf (besides Aragorn) had entered into the heart of Lothlórien for centuries until the Fellowship were allowed access by Galadriel and Celeborn.
- Spirit Advisor: Her "spirit" shows up to guide Frodo during his bout with Shelob.
- Statuesque Stunner: She's described as being incredibly beautiful and at, around 6'4, one of the tallest Elf women ever born.
- Time Abyss: Definitely qualifies, being older than the sun and the entire Man race. She was born in the Year of the Trees 1362, before the First Age of the Sun and the awakening of mortal Men. When the Fellowship meet her (depending on the length of First Age years and Years of the Trees), she's between 8,370 and over 13,000 years old.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman:) Galadriel's granddaughter Arwen was often said to be the most beautiful Elf in Middle-earth at the time of the War of the Ring, but Galadriel's great beauty was every bit as much the stuff of legend. Tolkien described her as being 'the mightiest and fairest of all the Elves that remained in Middle-earth'. The subject of Galadriel and Arwen's beauty and whose was greatest actually nearly brought Gimli and Éomer to arms. Éomer, having seen them both, preferred Arwen to which Gimli (also having seen them both) replies, "You have chosen the Evening; but my love is given to the Morning."
The great-nephew of Elu Thingol, High King of the Sindar, Celeborn was a prince of Doriath who is the Lady Galadriel's husband and Lord of Lothlórien. He and his wife aid and shelter the Fellowship on their quest. After the destruction of the One Ring, he and Galadriel lead an attack on Sauron's citadel of Dol Guldur in southern Mirkwood, destroying and purifying the last of the Dark Lord's strongholds. The prologue states that Celeborn was the last of the 'Wise' to sail west for the Undying Lands and with him left "the last living memory of the Elder Days in Middle-earth".
- Battle Couple: Celeborn and Galadriel. While Frodo and Sam are on their way to Mordor, Celeborn marshals the forces of Lórien to cross the Anduin and lay siege to Dol Guldur. After a long battle, Celeborn captures the fortress and Galadriel throws down its walls and purifies it.
- Big Good: With Saruman defecting from the White Council and Gandalf killed by the Balrog, Celeborn and his wife take over as the strongest forces of good.
- The Good King: To both the Elves of Lothlórien and those who live outside of his kingdom's borders. One of the main reasons why Celeborn and his wife remain in Middle-earth is to prevent Sauron from returning, and they assist both the Fellowship and surrounding kingdoms of Men at numerous points.
- Heroic Lineage: He's a Sindarin prince of Doriath and the nephew of Elu Thingol, who was the Elven Lord of Beleriand and instigated the Quest for the Silmaril.
- Just the First Citizen: Celeborn and Galadriel made the decision not to take royal titles (which is why they are the Lord and Lady of their realm rather than the King and Queen) as they saw themselves as the guardians of Lothlórien rather than it's rulers.
- Meaningful Name: Celeborn in Sindarin means 'Silver Tree' (Celeb = Silver, Orn = Tree) referring to his silver hair and great height. He may have also been named for the White Tree in Tol Eressëa (home of the Teleri in Valinor) which is also called Celeborn.
- The Philosopher King: Known as one of the oldest and wisest Elves in Middle-earth, Galadriel calls him 'Celeborn the Wise'.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Celeborn's a former prince of Doriath and the Lord of Lothlórien, and he's more than willing to team up with his wife to assist the Fellowship and kingdoms of Men in destroying the One Ring. He also defends the Golden Wood against numerous Orc invasions and leads the final attack on Dol Guldur, beating the enemy into submission while Galadriel razes Sauron's stronghold to the ground.
- Ruling Couple: Celeborn and Galadriel have been Happily Married for thousands of years and co-rule Lothlórien together. The wood elves that they rule over seem to revere and love them both, most likely because they have made the Golden Wood a peaceful, safe and prosperous place to live for millennia.
- Sacred Hospitality: Galadriel and Celeborn aid and shelter the Fellowship in Lothlórien.
- Time Abyss: Although Celeborn's exact age is uncertain, he was born some time before the First Age, which puts him at around the same age or slightly younger than his wife. And since most estimates place Galadriel's age at around 10,000 years, it's likely that Celeborn is also one of the oldest elves still left in Middle-earth.
An Elf-Lord of Rivendell.
- Back from the Dead: Tolkien's letters stated that Glorfindel from Gondolin and Glorfindel from the Lord of the Rings was the same elf, just reincarnated.
- Cool Horse: Asfaloth.
- Hyper-Competent Sidekick: Dialog states that he was possibly the most powerful elf in Rivendell at the time the fellowship was there. Elrond implies that for the Fellowship's mission of stealth, his degree of power would have been a case of Cursed with Awesome: too obvious to avoid attention from Sauron and not powerful enough to overcome him.
- Taking You with Me: His death in the backstory.
- You Shall Not Pass: When the refugees of Gondolin were escaping, he barred the way to the group of orcs and the Balrog that were chasing them. He killed most of the orcs and killed the Balrog as well, at the cost of his own life.
The leader of a band of wandering Elves of Eriador.
- Big Damn Heroes: In one of the calmest examples of this trope, Gildor and his companions save Frodo and the other Hobbits from a Ringwraith simply by wandering by and and singing.
- Forest Ranger: He and his companions have the trappings of Woodelves; they know the secret paths of the forest, have contact with nature spirits like Tom Bombadil and seemingly transform a clearing into something like a hall for feasting by their mere presence. However, they are in fact Noldor(or at least Gildor is)
- Magic Music: Uses Elven song and the invoking of the Name of what amounts to the Patron Saint of the Elves to chase away a Ringwraith. This is not surprising considering his possible lineage (see below.)
- Multiple-Choice Past: Introduces himself as "Gildor Inglorion of the House of Finrod", which depending on where in Tolkien's notes you look could make him the son of the legendary King of Nargothrond and brother to Galadriel and/or Gil-Galad or Galadriel's (great-)nephew, or the son of a servant of the King of Nargothrond. Cue much fan speculation and fan fiction concerned with his identity.
- Mysterious Informant: In the typical elvish way he seems to have knowledge about what is going on in the Shire, despite never being seen. He also spreads information about Frodo's journey as far as Rivendell and Tom Bombadil, which is even weirder given that he and his group are explicitly traveling in the exact opposite direction.
- Our Elves Are Better: Serves as a new reader's first introduction to the charm, magic and wistfulness of Tolkien's Elves.
- Time Abyss: A standard trope with Elves in the Lord of the Rings, but Gildor spells it out to Fordo and the other Hobbits when he reminds them "But it is not your own Shire, others dwelt here before hobbits were; and others will dwell here again when hobbits are no more."
- The End Is Nigh: Continues the above quote with: "The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot for ever fence it out.” thus somewhat foreshadowing Saruman's takeover of the Shire. It could also be a read as a simple warning, but Tolkinian Elves often have a knack for prophecy.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: One of many in this early part of the story. The Hobbits spend an evening with Gildor and his Elves and never see them again until the end of the story, though they are mentioned a couple of times.
Elladan and Elrohir
Elrond's children and Arwen's older brothers.
- Always Identical Twins: Few could tell them apart.
- Back for the Finale: They show up to fight alongside their foster brother at Pelennor Fields.
- The Dividual: They are never described apart from each other, and for all intents and purposed are the same.
- I Choose to Stay: Both remain in Middle Earth after their father and other relatives have left. Some interpret this as choosing a mortal life, but it is never clarified.
- Out of Focus: Despite being Aragorn's foster brothers, the two receive little characterization and are essentially (as far as we see) alike in every way.
- Revenge by Proxy: They continue to despise all Orcs, hunting and killing them, five hundred years later for what other members of their race did to their mother.
- Save the Princess: It was their mother, and it didn't quite work out but still.