Come one, come all! See how Celeborn actually has a point in the book, while in the movie he says almost nothing!
Everybody gets a welcome! Celeborn personally greets every single member of the Fellowship, though we’re just shown the important ones (Frodo, Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli). Perhaps elves and dwarves will be friends again?
When all have arrived, he notes that there are only eight, even though reports from Rivendell had spoken of nine. Galadriel knows already that something has happened to Gandalf, and Aragorn regretfully informs everyone of his fall. And there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Fellowship of the LATE: 80 pages
Celeborn actually seems angry that he didn’t know about Gandalf’s loss, and jumps to blame Haldir. Shouldn’t he be angry at his psychic wife? She can glean almost anything out of thin air, and she didn’t tell him that she knew something was up with Gandalf? She would be the first person I go to for information.
And it’s not like the Fellowship is just going to tell Haldir everything. They’re trying to keep their purpose a secret, remember? TRUST NO ONE.
Culture note: Celeborn remarks that it has been “eight and thirty years” since Aragorn last visited Lothlórien. (That’s 38 for those of you with poor math skills.) Is the elven number system base 30? Base 10!? WHY AM I INTERESTED IN ELVEN NUMBER SYSTEMS?
Guys, this is a long project. A really, really long project.
“‘Gandalf was our guide, and he led us through Moria; and when our escape seemed beyond hope he saved us, and he fell.”