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Unions of Elves and Men

Only a few times in the history of Arda have there been unions of Elves and Men. The offspring of such marriages were known as Half-elven. The were only three unions of the Eldar and the Edain:[1]

According to a local legend, Imrazôr tried to marry the Elven maiden Mithrellas, but when she had borne him two children, she slipped away.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Númenor"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel", p. 248