Celebrían

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Celebrían
Tolkien's legendarium character
Race Elves
Book(s) The Return of the King (1955)
Unfinished Tales (1980)

Celebrían is a fictional character created by J. R. R. Tolkien. She is an Elven noblewoman, the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel, wife of Elrond, and mother of Elrohir, Elladan and Arwen. She was called the Lady of Rivendell. Her name means "silver crown-gift" in Sindarin.[1]

Biography[edit]

The place and date of Celebrían's birth are not specified.[2] In the version of their history that describes Galadriel and Celeborn as rulers of Eregion in the Second Age, Galadriel and Celebrían left Eregion for Lórinand as Sauron's influence over Eregion grew, sometime between S.A. 1350 and S.A. 1400.[3] According to one account, Celebrían and her parents later dwelt for many years in Rivendell (Imladris),[4] where she wed Elrond in T.A. 109.[5] They had three children: the twins Elladan and Elrohir in T.A. 130,[6] and Arwen Undómiel (Evenstar) in T.A. 241.[6]

In T.A. 2509, on a trip from Rivendell to Lórien, Celebrían was waylaid by Orcs in the Redhorn Pass on Caradhras in the Misty Mountains.[6] She was captured and tormented and received a poisoned wound. She was rescued by her sons and healed by Elrond, but "after fear and torment"[7] she could no longer find joy in Middle-earth, so she passed to the Grey Havens and over the Sea in the following year.[6]

Tolkien said that "after the destruction of the Ruling Ring the Three Rings of the Eldar lost their virtue. Then Elrond prepared at last to depart from Middle-earth and follow Celebrían."[8] Thus Elrond and Celebrían were finally reunited, but they were sundered forever from their daughter Arwen.[9]

House of Finarfin[edit]

Telerin descent[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Celebrían". The Encyclopedia of Arda. 21 February 1999. The Etymologies (in volume 5 of The History of Middle-earth) explain the name element -rían as deriving from ríg-anna, 'crown-gift'. 
  2. ^ Unfinished Tales, p. 234
  3. ^ Unfinished Tales, p. 237.
  4. ^ Unfinished Tales, p. 240.
  5. ^ The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B. In the original edition the date was given as T.A. 100. It was changed to 109 only in later printings of the second edition.
  6. ^ a b c d The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B.
  7. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1996), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Peoples of Middle-earth, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, pp. 235-6, ISBN 0-395-82760-4 
  8. ^ The Peoples of Middle-earth, p. 243.
  9. ^ Tyler, Tony (2002). The Complete Tolkien Companion. Pan Books. p. 195. ISBN 0-330-41165-9. 

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