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]

Descent of Celebrían[edit]

The House of Finarfin[edit]

Finwë Indis Olwë
Fingolfin Finarfin Eärwen
Finrod Angrod Eldalótë Aegnor Galadriel Celeborn
Orodreth Elrond Celebrían
Gil-galad Finduilas

*Orodreth is sometimes described as a son of Finarfin.

Telerin descent[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Melian
 
Thingol
 
Elmo
 
Olwë
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beren
 
Lúthien
 
 
 
Galadhon
 
Eärwen
 
Finarfin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galathil
 
 
 
Celeborn
 
Galadriel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dior
 
Nimloth
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eluréd
Elurín
 
Elwing
 
Eärendil
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elros
 
Elrond
 
Celebrían
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kings of Númenor
Lords of Andúnië
Kings of Arnor
Kings of Arthedain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aragorn
 
Arwen
 
Elladan
Elrohir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldarion

Colour key:
     Elves
     Men
     Maiar
     Half-elven
     Half-elven who chose the fate of elves
     Half-elven who chose the fate of mortal men

See also[edit]

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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