Celeborn

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Celeborn
Aliases Teleporno,[1]
'The Wise',
Lord of the Galadhrim,
Lord of Lothlórien
Race Elves
Information
Book(s) The Fellowship of the Ring (1954),
The Return of the King (1955)
The Silmarillion (1977)
Unfinished Tales (1980)

Celeborn (/ˈkɛləbɔːrn/) is a fictional character in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Celeborn is an Elf, and the husband of Galadriel. He appears in The Lord of the Rings as the Lord of the Galadhrim, and co-ruler along with Galadriel of Lothlórien. He was the father of Celebrían (the wife of Elrond), and thus the grandfather of Arwen Evenstar and her older brothers Elladan and Elrohir. He was also a kinsman of the First Age Elven King Thingol. Celeborn means "(tall) silver tree" in Tolkien's invented language of Sindarin.

He is also referred to as Lord of Lothlórien or Lord of the Wood interchangeably. Within Lothlórien itself he is called simply Lord Celeborn or The Lord (more often with Galadriel as The Lord and Lady). He is called Celeborn the Wise by Galadriel.

Celeborn is also the name of the White Tree that flourished in Tol Eressëa. It was a seeding of the tree Galathilion, which in turn was made by Yavanna in the image of Telperion, the elder of the Two Trees of Valinor. Celeborn was an ancestor to the White Trees of Númenor and of Gondor.[2]

Appearances[edit]

Literature[edit]

Celeborn first appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. He also appears briefly in Tolkien's (at the time unpublished) existing legends of the First Age, The Silmarillion; in chapters 13, 22, 24 and also "Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age". Tolkien felt that an Elf of Celeborn's importance should have noble ancestry, and spent several years trying to resolve his origins.

Most existing writings portray Celeborn as a Sindarin Elf from Doriath, the kingdom of Thingol. In one speculative text by Tolkien, published in Unfinished Tales,[3] Celeborn is the grandson of Thingol's younger brother Elmo (who appears nowhere else). That Celeborn and Thingol are related is suggested by their silver hair, a colour associated with the House of Elwë and Olwë and rarely mentioned outside of the royal house of the Sindar. Míriel Serindë, mother of Fëanor, also has silver hair, as did Eärwen, daughter of Olwë and mother of Galadriel. This Sindarin origin for Celeborn was adopted by Christopher Tolkien for The Silmarillion, which describes Celeborn as "a kinsman of Thingol" and adds a paragraph about Celeborn's marriage to Galadriel.[4]

Late in his life Tolkien proposed a different scenario (also described in Unfinished Tales): Celeborn was a Telerin Elf from Valinor, the grandson of Olwë, named Teleporno in Telerin. (This brings him closer to being a peer and equal of Galadriel and makes their partnership more balanced.) He met Galadriel when she was living in the Telerin city Alqualondë, before the rebellion of the Noldor. They decided to travel together to Middle-earth, without asking permission from the Valar to do so. They made their way to Middle-earth independently of Fëanor, and in some versions of the story Galadriel fell under the Ban of the Valar, in other versions not. Tolkien never mentions the Ban applying to Celeborn. According to this narrative, the name Teleporno was "Sindarized" as Celeborn: Telerin telpe ("silver") (Noldorin Quenya tyelpe) was translated to Sindarin keleb (or celeb).

This altered origin was not adopted in the published Silmarillion, primarily because it would have necessitated a major rewrite of the earlier parts to account for a separate departure of Galadriel. A further problem was that this descent would have made Celeborn Galadriel's first cousin, and Elves never married close kin.

Early in the Second Age, Celeborn apparently ruled over Elves in Lindon. Celeborn and Galadriel later rule over the Elves of Eregion (at least in some accounts), before settling in Lothlórien.

At the end of the Third Age Celeborn crossed the Anduin with many elves of Lothlórien to found "East Lórien". When Galadriel left Middle-earth shortly afterward, Celeborn settled in Rivendell to join his grandsons Elladan and Elrohir. The prologue to The Fellowship of the Ring states that "there is no record of the day when at last he sought the Grey Havens, and with him went the last living memory of the Elder Days in Middle-earth".[5]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit]

In Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings, Celeborn was voiced by André Morell and his name was pronounced "seleborn" as opposed to "keleborn". In Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, Celeborn is played by New Zealand actor Marton Csokas. In Jackson's adaptation of The Return of the King, he joins Frodo, Bilbo, Gandalf, Elrond and Galadriel on the ship to Valinor, which does not occur in Tolkien's original novel.

In the video game The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-earth II, Celeborn appears in both the Good and Evil Campaigns, being one of the many casualties of the forest of Lórien, along with Haldir, as it is burned to the ground and captured, while Galadriel flees to Rivendell, when the Mouth of Sauron attacks with his goblin forces.

Names and titles[edit]

The name Celeborn means "silver tree", combining two elements: "celeb" meaning "silver" and "orne" meaning "tree". Another interpretation reads this as "silver-tall" (referring to his silver hair and his height), where "orn" is originated from "orna" meaning "tall".[8]

Celeborn is referred to by other names, including Teleporno (the Telerin version of Celeborn), "Prince of Doriath", "Celeborn the Wise" (a name given him by Galadriel, as she said he was the wisest of the Elves in Middle-earth),[9] and "Lord of Lothlórien" or "Lord of the Wood".

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Melian
 
Thingol
d. First Age 502
 
Elmo
unknown
 
Olwë
b. YT
 
 
Círdan
b. YT
 
 
Eöl
d. FA 400
 
 
 
 
Aredhel
d. FA 400
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galadhon
 
Earwen
 
 
 
Finarfin
 
sons
 
Maeglin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lúthien
YT 1200 - FA 503
 
Galathil
 
CELEBORN
 
Galadriel
b. YT 1362
 
Angrod
d. FA 455
 
Eldalótë
 
Finrod
YT 1300 - FA 465
 
Aegnor
d. FA 455
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dior
d. FA 506
 
Nimloth
d. FA 506
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orodreth
d. FA 495
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eluréd
FA 500 - FA 506
 
Elurín
FA 500 - FA 506
 
Elwing
b. FA 503
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gil-galad
d. SA 3441
 
Finduilas
d. FA 495
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elros
FA 532 - SA 442
 
 
 
 
Elrond
b. FA 532
 
Celebrían
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tar-Elendil
SA 350 - SA 751
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Silmariën
b. SA 521
 
 
Tar-Meneldur
SA 543 - SA 942
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Elendil
SA 3119 - SA 3441
 
 
Ar-Pharazôn
SA 3118 - SA 3319
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Isildur
SA 3209 - TA 2
 
 
Anárion
SA 3219 - SA 3440
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arvedui
TA 1864 - TA 1975
 
 
Fíriel
b. TA 1896
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aranarth
TA 1941 - TA 2106
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Aragorn
TA 2931 - FA 120
 
 
 
Arwen
TA 241 - FA 121
 
Elladan
b. TA 130
 
Elrohir
b. TA 130
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldarion

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unfinished Tales, p 231, 266.
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Arda
  3. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1980), Christopher Tolkien, ed., Unfinished Tales, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, p. 233–4, ISBN 0-395-29917-9 
  4. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1977), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Silmarillion, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, p. 234, 321, ISBN 0-395-25730-1 
  5. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin (published 1987), "Prologue", p. 25, ISBN 0-395-08254-4 
  6. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1977), Christopher Tolkien, ed., The Silmarillion, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, ISBN 0-395-25730-1 
  7. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1980), Christopher Tolkien, ed., Unfinished Tales, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", ISBN 0-395-29917-9 
  8. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1980), Christopher Tolkien, ed., Unfinished Tales, Boston: Houghton Mifflin, Appendix E, "The Names of Celeborn and Galadriel", p. 266-67; "Númenórean Linear Measures", p. 286, ISBN 0-395-29917-9 .
  9. ^ Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings, Boston: Houghton Mifflin (published 1987), "The Mirror of Galadriel," p. 371, ISBN 0-395-08254-4 

External links[edit]

Celeborn
Born: ? Years of the Trees|YT
Preceded by
None; realm established
Lord of Eregion (with Galadriel) Succeeded by
Celebrimbor
Preceded by
Amroth
Lord of Lórien (with Galadriel) Succeeded by
None; realm abandoned
Vacant
Title last held by
None; realm established
Lord of East Lórien