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"The Rescue of Celebrian" by Peter Xavier Price
Biographical Information
AffiliationGrey Company
LanguagePrimarily Sindarin[1]
BirthT.A. 130[2]
HeritageHalf-elven father, Elf mother
ParentageElrond and Celebrían
SiblingsElladan (twin) and Arwen
Physical Description
Hair colorDark[3]
Eye colorGrey[3]
ClothingBright mail, silver-grey cloak[3]
GalleryImages of Elrohir

Elrohir and his twin brother Elladan were the children of Celebrían and Elrond. Dark-haired and grey-eyed, only those that knew them well could tell them apart.

Description[edit | edit source]

The brothers were tall, dark-haired and grey-eyed, and so much alike that only those that knew them well could tell them apart. To Meriadoc Brandybuck their elven-fair faces seemed neither old nor young. While in the Grey Company they wore cloaks of silver-grey over a bright mail.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

In the year T.A. 2509, the twins' mother Celebrían went on a journey into the south to visit her own mother, Galadriel, in the land of Lórien. In the Redhorn Pass, she was captured by orcs, and tortured in their dens. Elrohir rode with his brother to rescue her, but by the time they reached her she had received a poisonous wound.[2] Though their father healed her, she would not remain in Middle-earth, and sailed into the West the following year. After this loss, Elladan and Elrohir were filled with hatred of the orcs, often riding against them with the Northern Dúnedain.

In the early part of the War of the Ring, the brothers' main role was to scout the land and prepare the way for the Fellowship,[4] but later they took a more active part. When Halbarad rode to Aragorn's aid with the Grey Company, Elladan and Elrohir accompanied them. They followed Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead, fought with him at Pelargir, and took part in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, where they fought with stars bound to their brows.

After the War of the Ring, little is known of the brothers' fate. They returned to their father's house at Rivendell, and remained there even after he had passed across the Sea.[5] Like their sister Arwen, the sons of Elrond Half-elven were granted the choice of whether to leave Middle-earth for the Undying Lands, or remain there and become mortal as men. So they chose for a time at least, to stay in Middle-earth for reasons unknown.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Elrohir is Sindarin for "Elf-man" or "Elf-knight", from el ("elf") + rohir ("horse-lord").[6]

Genealogy[edit | edit source]

b. Y.T. 1230
b. Y.T.
b. F.A.
b. F.A. 472
b. Y.T.
F.A. 470 - 506
d. F.A. 506
b. Y.T. 1362
b. F.A.
b. F.A. 503
b. F.A. 503
b. S.A. 300
b. F.A. 532
F.A. 532 - S.A. 442
b. T.A. 130
b. T.A. 130
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121
Aragorn II
T.A. 2931 - Fo.A. 120
b. Fo.A. 1
unknown daughters

Other versions of the legendarium[edit | edit source]

In earlier editions, the year T.A. 139 is given as the twins' birthdate.[7]

Portrayal in adaptations[edit | edit source]

Elrohir in adaptations

1979: The Lord of the Rings (1979 radio series):

Elrohir and Elladan follow Halbarad and come to Aragorn's aid. No actor is credited.

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

Despite not featuring in The Lord of the Rings film series, Decipher produced a card depicting the character.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Elladan and Elrohir are first met by Elven and Dwarven characters in T.A. 3016 in Ered Luin where they travel to unravel the mystery of their father's prophetic dream. In T.A. 3018 all players meet them in their camp in the Trollshaws from which they lead the search for the missing Black Rider and defend the Ford of Bruinen against an attack. Early next year they join the Grey Company and travel with the Dunedain Rangers from the wilds of Eregion all the way to the Pelennor Fields. Afterwards they travel with the Host of the West to Black Gate and fight in the Battle of the Morannon. They later attend their sister Arwen's wedding in Minas Tirith.

2011: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North:

Elrohir and Elladan were sent by their father, Elrond, to Fornost, to scout the city for enemies. Here they meet Eradan, Andriel and Farin, who were sent by Aragorn to stop Agandaûr's army from attacking. The collaborate with each other, as they have the same goal, and fight a way to the Citadel of the city.[8] There, Elrohir and his brother remove the magic spell of the Citadel gate, which protects Agandaûr against intruders.[9] Inside the citadel, Eradan, Andriel and Farin kill Tharzog - leader of the Orcs - while Elladan and Elrohir fight Agandaûr. During the fight Agandaûr has the upper hand. But when Eradan, Farin and Andriel arrive, Agandaûr flees on the back of a Fell beast. Elladan and Elrohir return to Rivendell, where Elrond is informed about the events in Fornost.[10]