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The Rings Of Power: Who Is Elrond?

Elrond is one of the most prevalent characters in all of JRR Tolkien’s works. A mighty, half-elven ruler who devoted his life to serving those he was responsible for. As a fan favorite, many viewers were ecstatic to discover that Elrond would once again be a major character in The Rings Of Power. However, the events in The Rings Of Power take place thousands of years before the events of both the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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This amounts to Elrond appearing to be almost an entirely new character, even for those familiar with the works of JRR Tolkien. Rings of Power takes place around the year 1500, meaning that Elrond has not yet achieved any of the accomplishments he is most known for. In fact, his path to greatness is only just beginning. This guide to Elrond will cover his early history, and who he has become up until the events in the Rings of Power


The Beginning Of Elrond

Elrond Sitting In A Field

532 years after the Sun first set sail above Arda, Elrond was born. This places his birth near the very end of the “First Age,” an era that marks the beginning of Middle Earth as we know it.

Elrond’s parents, Earendil and Elwing, were both beautiful and of noble birth. Thus, Elrond and his twin brother Elros were destined to be successful and beloved. However, tragedy struck only a few years later. During an invasion on the homeland of the Elves, both children were captured by a poet named Maglor.

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Peculiarly, it is said that Maglor eventually became very fond of Elrond, and came to love him as his own son. Though not much else is known about their relationship or whether Elrond even reciprocated the feeling. At the very end of the first age, Elrond made a difficult decision to return with the Elves while his brother left to rule the mortal men. Thus, Elrond’s future as a ruler over the Elves was decided.

Elrond In The Second Age

The Lord of the Rings The Rings of Power Elrond

The second age of Arda proved to be both a difficult and magnificent era for Elrond. It began promisingly, with Elrond appointed as the captain of the High King of the Noldor. This title granted him endless amounts of both respect and power.

This era is when we meet Elrond in the Rings Of Power. A trusted advisor to the king, and a close friend of one of the most powerful Elves in Middle Earth: Galadriel.

The paragraph below contains very mild spoilers for episodes 1 and 2 of The Rings Of Power

Elrond’s Skills And Personality

Elrond and Galadriel Embrace

Throughout the first couple episodes of Rings Of Power, it is not immediately obvious who Elrond is and what he is trying to accomplish. Although, almost every viewer will agree that Elrond is one of the most sincere characters in the show, and that his commitment to his friends is very refreshing. Keep in mind that this is not out of character at all for Elrond. In a world where most people are either morally gray or down-right evil, Elrond is almost entirely righteous.

As a captain of the king, Elrond is obviously very skilled in battle. But don’t let this confuse you, as Elrond is also immensely intelligent, and was often called upon to join councils and meetings. His incredible gift of foresight, (the ability to view all of Middle Earth at any point,) meant that he was one of the most valuable members in the King’s circle. As if Elrond wasn’t already well-rounded enough, he even became one of the most skilled healers around.

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