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from A Guide to Middle Earth by Robert Foster.
Hash-marked# names are characters present/mentioned in the Hobbit movies.
*Asterisked names are characters present/mentioned in the LotR movies.
The eldest and noblest of the speaking races of Middle-earth. The Elves flourished in the First Age, but by the Third their power was waning. Some of the refuges of Elves during the Third Age include Lindon, Imladris (Rivendell), the Woodland Realm of Mirkwood, and Lórien. Elves are about six feet tall and somewhat slender, graceful yet strong, and resistant to the extremes of nature. They do not die naturally, but can be killed. The Elves had the Three Rings of Power, which were given to the three greatest of the Eldar. The Elves called themselves 'Quendi', which in Quenya means "the Speakers." They have also been called the Elder Kindred, the Elder Race, the Elder People, the Fair Folk, and the Firstborn.
Elven lady, daughter of Elrond and Celebrían. She lived in Imladris and Lórien for nearly 3,000 years, until she met Aragorn in 2951. After the War of the Ring, they were wed and Arwen became Queen of Gondor. She bore one son and many daughters, but by marrying Aragorn she chose not to accompany her father over the Sea at the end of the Third Age, and thus became mortal. After Aragorn died in Fourth Age 120, Arwen went to Lórien where she died the next winter. She was buried on Cerin Amroth. Arwen was noted for her beauty, which was said to resemble that of Lúthien. The Elves called her 'Undómiel', the Evenstar of her people.
Sindarin lord, husband of Galadriel, and Lord of the Galadrim of Lórien. After Galadriel departed over the sea at the end of the Third Age, he dwelt for a time in Rivendell before sailing into the west himself.
The son of Elwing and Eärendil, renowned for his wisdom and knowledge of lore. Founder of Imladris (Rivendell) which became one of the greatest Elven refuges in Middle-earth. During the Battle of Dagorlad, Elrond was Gil-galad's herald and stood by him when he fell. In Third Age 100, Elrond married Celebrían, daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn, and they had three children: twin brothers Elladan and Elrohir and their sister Arwen. At the end of the Third Age, Elrond departed over the Sea with the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings. He bore the greatest of the Three Rings, Vilya, which was given to him by Gil-galad.
Noldorin Princess of the House of Finarphir, the noblest Elf in Middle-earth in the Third Age. Galadriel was one of the queens and princes who led the rebelling Noldor to Middle-earth to battle Morgoth, and she was the only one to survive the War of the Great Jewels. With her husband Celeborn, she founded Lórien during the Second Age. She was able to protect that land from Sauron with the aid of her own power and that of Nenya, one of the Three Rings, which was given to her at its making. Galadriel sailed over the Sea at the end of the Third Age with the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings. The Quenya form of her name is 'Altariel' and she was also known as the Lady of Lórien, the Lady of the Wood, the Lady of the Galadrim, and QUEEN GALADRIEL.
Noldorin Elf and King of Lindon, Gil-galad formed the Last Alliance of Men and Elves with Elendil, and with Elendil, led the army that defeated Sauron in the Battle of Dagorlad. Unfortunately, both he and Elendil were slain during that same battle. Gil-galad was the first bearer of Vilya, the greatest of the Three Rings. He gave the ring to Elrond some time before his FALL in Mordor.
Elf of Lórien; one of the three brothers who intercepted the Company of the Ring on the borders of Lórien and escorted them to Caras Galadon. Haldir had traveled outside of Lórien and knew Westron.
Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm of Mirkwood, son of Thranduil. In Third Age 3019, Legolas went to Rivendell as a messenger and took part in the Council of Elrond. He was chosen to represent the Elves as one of the Companions of the Ring. He became close friends with Gimli while they were in Lórien and after the breaking of the fellowship, went with Gimli and Aragorn in search of Merry and Pippin who had been captured by Orcs. After the War of the Ring, Legolas led a number of Elves of the Woodland Realm to Ithilien, where they beautified the war-ravaged land. In Fourth Age 120, after the death of Elessar (Aragorn), Legolas sailed over the Sea, taking Gimli with him.
Elf of Rivendell.
Sindarin princess and the most beautiful Elven-lady of all time. Lúthien first met her future husband, Beren, while he was fleeing Morgoth's armies after the death of his father. They fell in love and together were involved in many adventures, including the stealing of one of the Silmarilli from Morgoth's Iron Crown. By marrying a mortal, Lúthien renounced her immortality and eventually died. She was called TINÚVIEL (Quenya for nightingale), a name given to her by Beren upon their meeting.
NOT a character from the books. "Taur" means 'forest' in Sindarin.
Sindarin Elf, King of the Woodland Realm, father of Legolas. In Second Age 1000, he established his kingdom in Greenwood the Great (Mirkwood), which survived more than two ages of Middle-earth, despite attacks by the Great Spiders and the Orcs. In Third Age 2941, Thranduil led the Elven forces in the Battle of the Five Armies, and during the War of the Ring repulsed an attack from Dol Guldur. After the fall of Sauron in the War of the Ring, Thranduil fixed the southern boundary of his realm as the Mountains of Mirkwood, and the Woodland Realm flourished well into the Fourth Age.
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