Celebrían

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Celebrían
Elf
Līga Kļaviņa - Celebrian.jpg
Biographical Information
PronunciationS, [keleˈbriː.an]
TitlesLady of Rivendell
LocationEregion, Imladris, Lothlórien
BirthS.A. 300
Sailed westT.A. 2510 (aged 5650)
Grey Havens
Family
ParentageCeleborn and Galadriel
SpouseElrond
ChildrenElladan, Elrohir, Arwen
Physical Description
GenderFemale
GalleryImages of Celebrían

Celebrían was an Elf-lady of Lothlórien, the daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel. As the wife of Elrond, she was also known as Lady of Rivendell. She was the mother of Arwen and the twins Elrohir and Elladan. Her daughter would later marry Aragorn Elessar, hero of the War of the Ring, and become the Queen of the Reunited Kingdom.

History[edit]

Celebrían was born early in the Second Age, likely in S.A. 300, when Galadriel refused to return to Eressëa, and passed over the Mountains.[1] Celebrían lived in Eregion, and later moved to Lórien with her mother in S.A. 1350. In S.A. 1701, she went to Rivendell with Galadriel searching for Celeborn, where she first met Lord Elrond, who loved her in secret.[2] Centuries later they would marry, in T.A. 109. Their first children, the twins Elladan and Elrohir, were born in 130, and their daughter Arwen in 241.[3] She had inherited the Elfstone from her mother, which was later given to Arwen, her daughter.[4]

Elrond and Celebrían by Elena Kukanova

In T.A. 2509, on a trip to Lórien to visit her parents, she was waylaid by Orcs of the Misty Mountains in the Redhorn Pass. She was captured and tormented, receiving a poisoned wound. Her sons rescued her and she was physically healed by Elrond, but never fully recovered in mind or spirit, and no longer wished to stay in Middle-earth. She left for the Grey Havens and passed over the Great Sea the following year.[3]

She was followed by Elrond and her mother Galadriel, who eventually took the White Ship in the end of the Third Age and also passed the Great Sea to the Undying Lands,[5] where all presumably reunited.

Etymology[edit]

Celebrían is Sindarin for "Silver-queen",[6] from celeb ("silver") + rían ("queen").

Genealogy[edit]

 
 
 
 
Finarfin
b. Y.T. 1230
 
 
 
 
 
Eärwen
b. Y.T.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Galadhon
b. F.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finrod
Y.T. 1300 - F.A. 465
 
Angrod
d. F.A. 455
 
Eldalótë
b. Y.T.
 
Aegnor
d. F.A. 455
 
Galadriel
b. Y.T. 1362
 
Celeborn
b. F.A.
 
Galathil
b. F.A.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orodreth
d. F.A. 495
 
 
 
 
 
Elrond
b. F.A. 532
 
CELEBRÍAN
b. S.A. 300
 
Arathorn II
T.A. 2873 - 2933
 
Gilraen
T.A. 2907 - 3007
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gil-galad
d. S.A. 3441
 
Finduilas
d. F.A. 495
 
Elladan
b. T.A. 130
 
Elrohir
b. T.A. 130
 
Arwen
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121
 
Aragorn II
T.A. 2931 - Fo.A. 120
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eldarion
Fo.A. 1 - 220
 
unknown daughters
 
 

Other versions of the legendarium[edit]

Tolkien tried to define the birth-year of Celebrían in diferent manuscripts, specially those dealing with chronology and Elven growth. Here are the dates of the Second Age, presented in chronological order as Tolkien considered them: 300 (circa),[7] 300 ("probably"),[1] 260 or 350,[8] 850 (a proposal while calculating her age),[9] 9 (circa) or 45.[10]

In "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn" (the only narrative dealing with a complete history of Middle-earth during the Second Age), both Celebrían and Amroth are children of Galadriel and Celeborn,[2] but in later texts Tolkien gave Amroth a Sindarin origin.[11]

In the drafts of The Tale of Years of the Third Age, Elrond married Celebrían c. T.A. 2500 and their children were born in the same century. In T.A. 2600, she was slain by Orcs instead of captured.[12]:226 The marriage was later changed to 2300, and her capture and departure to 2509.[12]:234-6

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: IX. Time-scales and Rates of Growth", p. 65
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn", pp. 234, 240
  3. 3.0 3.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age", pp. 1085, 1087
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "The Elessar", p. 251
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Grey Havens", p. 1029
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 345, (dated 30 November 1972), p. 423
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part Three. The World, its Lands, and its Inhabitants: XVI. Galadriel and Celeborn", p. 346
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: X. Difficulties in Chronology", p. 73
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: XI. Ageing of Elves", pp. 77, 79
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien, Carl F. Hostetter (ed.), The Nature of Middle-earth, "Part One. Time and Ageing: XVIII. Elvish Ages & Númenórean", p. 149
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel", p. 244
  12. 12.0 12.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), The Peoples of Middle-earth, "VIII. The Tale of Years of the Third Age"