Erestor

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Erestor
Elf
"Erestor" by Ten Thousand Leaves
Biographical Information
PositionChief Counsellor of Elrond
LocationRivendell
AffiliationElrond
LanguageAt least Westron
Physical Description
GenderMale
GalleryImages of Erestor

Erestor was an Elf of Rivendell, and the chief counsellor of Elrond.

History

Erestor, being the chief counsellor of Elrond's household at the time of the War of the Ring, took part in the Council of Elrond. He did not support the idea of destroying the Ring, and preferred instead the notion of guarding it from Sauron, perhaps with the aid of Iarwain ben-adar. His suggestion was countered by Glorfindel, as well as Galdor, as they did not believe that Iarwain had the power to defy Sauron's.[1]

Erestor accompanied Arwen to her marriage with Aragorn in Gondor in T.A. 3019.[2]

Etymology

The name Erestor is in Sindarin, but its meaning is unclear.[3]

Other versions of the legendarium

In an early draft of The Lord of the Rings, it is stated Elrond had three Elven attendants at the Council of Elrond, "one an Elf named Erestor, and two other kinsmen of Elrond, of that half-elvish folk whom the Elves named the children of Lúthien",[4] implying that Erestor was, at this stage, Elrond's kin,[5] but not half-elven. In a later draft he is stated to be a half-elf and kinsman of Elrond.[4] Only Elrond, Galadriel and Celeborn accompany Arwen to her wedding.[6]

Portrayal in adaptations

Erestor from The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Erestor in The Lord of the Rings Online

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

A Decipher card identifies one of the Elves at the Council of Elrond in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, played by Jonathan Harding, as Erestor.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Prior to the Fellowship's departure from Rivendell, Erestor is involved in a quest exclusive to the Elven characters. After the War of the Ring, he joins the procession from Rivendell that travels to Minas Tirith for Lady Arwen's wedding.

References

  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Council of Elrond"
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  3. Paul Strack, "S. Erestor m.", Eldamo - An Elvish Lexicon (accessed 8 August 2023)
  4. 4.0 4.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Story Continued: XXIII. In the House of Elrond"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Return of the Shadow, "The Story Continued: XXIII. In the House of Elrond, Notes"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Sauron Defeated, "Part One: The End of the Third Age: V. The Field of Kormallen: The Story Foreseen from Kormallen"
Attendees of the Council of Elrond
Aragorn · Bilbo Baggins · Frodo Baggins · Boromir · Elrond · Erestor · Galdor · (Samwise Gamgee) · Gandalf · Gimli · Glóin · Glorfindel · Legolas