Unions of Elves and Men

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Tuor and Idril in Gondolin by Jenny Dolfen
"Nai elen atta siluvat aurenna veryanwesto."
Quenya wedding wish by Tolkien[1]

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. There were only three unions of the Eldar and the Edain:[2]

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Galadriel's brother, Aegnor, fell in love with a Wise-woman, Andreth, but he died when Morgoth broke the four hundred year long Siege of Angband. They couldn't fulfill their love due to Aegnor's death and the Sundering Seas that divided them.[3]

According to a local legend, Imrazôr, the Prince of Belfalas, married the Elven maiden Mithrellas, but when she had borne him two children, she slipped away.[4]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Five Late Quenya Volitive Inscriptions" (edited by Carl F. Hostetter), in Vinyar Tengwar, Number 49, June 2007, p. 44
  2. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Númenor"
  3. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Morgoth's Ring, "Part Four. Athrabeth Finrod ah Andreth: 'The Debate of Finrod and Andreth'", pp. 323-324
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien (ed.), Unfinished Tales, "The History of Galadriel and Celeborn", "Amroth and Nimrodel", p. 248