Elladan and Elrohir

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Elladan
Tolkien's legendarium character
Race Half-elven
Book(s) The Lord of the Rings
Elrohir
Tolkien's legendarium character
Race Half-elven
Book(s) The Lord of the Rings

Elladan and Elrohir are fictional characters in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, the sons of Elrond Half-elven and Celebrían and older brothers of Arwen.

Appearances[edit]

Literature[edit]

Born in Third Age, 130, they have one younger sister, Arwen. Though Tolkien never specifically states that Elrohir and Elladan were twins, many clues were given to prove this possibility. First, they are described as being so similar that "few could tell them apart: dark-haired, grey-eyed, and their faces elven-fair, clad alike in bright mail beneath cloaks of silver-grey".[1] Second, one is rarely mentioned without the other and their names are only separated when they are speaking. Third, they were born in the same year, while most Elves wait at least ten years between children.[2] We are not told which brother is older.

The brothers were friends and companions-in-arms of the Rangers of the North, and helped defend the remnants of Arnor from evil after the fracturing and fall of the Northern Kingdom. Five centuries before the War of the Ring, Celebrían was captured by Orcs and tortured. Elladan and Elrohir rescued her and their father healed her wounds, but she lost all joy and departed Middle-earth. Ever since, they held a special grudge against the Orcs because of their mother's suffering at their hands. During the War of the Ring, they fought alongside Aragorn in the battle of the Pelennor Fields in Gondor.

Like their sister and father, the brothers may have been faced with a choice between mortality and immortality, expressed by whether they would follow their father to Valinor at the time of his own departure at the end of the Third Age. As the brothers are explicitly described as remaining in Rivendell for a time with Celeborn after their father's departure, it is believed that they may also have chosen to live life as mortal men. However, Tolkien never wrote what their choices were, but noted that they were allowed to "delay" their choices.[3] Others believe they chose to be immortal, perhaps as they never married a mortal, in contrast to their sister Arwen which forced her to choose mortality.

Internal lineage[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finwë
of the Noldor
 
Indis
of the Vanyar
 
Olwë
of the Teleri
 
House of Hador
 
House of Haleth
 
House of Bëor
 
Thingol
of the Teleri
 
Melian
the Maia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fingolfin
 
Finarfin
 
Eärwen
 
Galdor
 
Hareth
 
Barahir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Turgon
 
Elenwë
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Huor
 
 
 
Beren
 
 
 
Lúthien
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Idril
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tuor
 
 
Nimloth
 
Dior
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eärendil
 
 
 
 
 
Elwing
 
Eluréd
 
Elurín
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galadriel
 
Celeborn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elros
 
 
 
Elrond
 
Celebrían
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kings of Númenor
Lords of Andúnië
High Kings of Arnor
Kings of Arthedain
Chieftains of the Dúnedain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aragorn
 
Arwen
 
Elladan
 
Elrohir
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldarion
 
A number of
unnamed daughters

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

Adaptations[edit]

Elladan and Elrohir make an appearance in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy, at the very end when Aragorn is crowned and also sitting behind Elrond at the council in Rivendell. They also appear in the related The Lord of the Rings Trading Card. They feature as miniatures in The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, in which their character profiles maintain that they are twins. Moreover, they appear in the PC-game The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, standing in the Trollshaws, west of the Ford of Bruinen and they are main characters in The Lord of the Rings: The War in the North released in 2011. They appear also in the 2009 fan film Born of Hope.

Names and titles[edit]

The names Elladan and Elrohir can be loosely translated as "Elf-Man" and indicate the brothers' dual descent from both Elves and Men.

The element el is often translated as "star" and the Elves were called the Eldar, or "People of the Stars."

Elladan includes the element adan, the singular of Edain (the fathers of Men who became the Númenóreans). "Adan", strictly speaking, is "man", but in usage, it means Númenórean, advanced man, wise man, as in Dúnedain. There is also overlap with the word "dan" meaning "wright or smith". (Examples of this are Círdan [singular name, ship-wright] and Mírdain [plural name, jewel-smiths]). So the highest, most knowing sort of man is what is implied here - a man of lore and craft, significant ideas in the Tolkien universe.

Elrohir contains the word rohir meaning "horse-lord" or "knight." The name Elrohir may be translated as "Elf-knight" or "Elf-rider", alternatively "Star-knight" or "Star-rider", as El- can be translated as both Elf and Star

(This echoes the Dioscuri/Gemini twins of Greek and Roman mythology - among these two, Castor was a great horseman).

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company".
  2. ^ Elves' gestation periods are roughly a year long, so it would be hard to bring two sons into the world in the same year if they were not twins.
  3. ^ The Letters of J. R. R. Tolkien; Letter 153

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