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Elmo was an Elf of the Nelyar born at Cuivienen. He was the brother of Elwe and Olwe. He remained behind when Elwë was lost, becoming one of the Sindar of Doriath.[1]

He was perhaps the grandfather of Círdan and/or Celeborn.

Other versions of the legendarium

Elmo was developed to explain the reference in The Silmarillion that Celeborn was a "kinsman of Thingol". One of his solutions was to establish Celeborn as a nephew of Thingol.

In other, later writings, Celeborn is made into a Telerin Elf, and a relative of Olwë of Valinor instead, but this was not further developed or published.

It therefore remains unsure if Elmo would have a place in the Middle-earth canon, as his position in the royal Sindarin family tree disappeared. Slightly later writings however make Círdan a descendant of Elmo, making him a kinsman to Thingol (and Celeborn). Certain is that Círdan had silver hair, a trait which otherwise only ran in Elwë and Olwë's family line.

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