And so we come to it at last. She’s here.
Frodo gazes around the room, taking in the majesty of Elrond, and the beauty of Arwen, his daughter, sitting near the middle of the long table. Frodo feels unworthy of this company, yet he is seated at the head table. He can see Sam, Merry, and Pippin sitting a ways off, but cannot find Aragorn.
-Arwen: Elrond’s daughter. Beautiful beyond comparison, she is thought to be the reappearance of Lúthien in Middle-earth. She gets way too much time in the movies. This may be her biggest scene in the book, if I remember correctly.
-Lórien: Elven forest to the east. Elrond’s wife is from there, but she left Middle-earth long ago. Arwen lived there for much of her life.
-Elladan: One of Arwen’s older twin brothers. Off journeying with Rangers and his brother…
-Elrohir: Arwen’s other older twin brother.
So there’s a little bit of a family tree for you. Elrond married Celebrían, daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn of Lórien. They had three children: Elladan, Elrohir, and Arwen. Celebrían was once captured and tortured by orcs, so she left Middle-earth to live in peace in Aman. Elladan and Elrohir travel and fight to bring their mother’s suffering to justice. Arwen stays in Rivendell now, where she has only been seen by a handful of non-elves.
Frodo waxes on about how pretty she is for quite a while. Ick.
And there’s not a whole lot I can say about Elrond. He looks powerful…because he is. He looks wise…because he is. No matter which way you cut it, he sounds like a relatively commonplace stock character. He just happens to be important.
The one cool connection I can make is that Aragorn clearly sings the tale of Lúthien earlier for a reason. Arwen is said to be similar to Lúthien in beauty. If Aragorn loves Arwen, why not compare her to the paramour of elven women? I’d take that as a compliment if I were you, missy.
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When you’re talking about elves, you get a lot of funny names. And also we can blame the English again for “neighbours”. What a fulfilling day!
“He could see no sign of Strider.”