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How is Elrond Half-elf? The Power Rings Tradition Explained

October 8, 2022

*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for The Rings of Power*

JRR Tolkien’s legendary works are steeped in lore and mythology and since their arrival on Prime Video, The Rings of Power has explored much of that lore, bringing it to the screen for the very first time.

Elrond is a character moviegoers know as the elf lord from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, but The Rings of Power tapped into much of his uncharted history, including his heritage and his family.

In Episode 7, while trying to gain the trust of the Dwarves, Elrond announces that he is a Half-elf, which quickly piqued viewers’ interest.

But how exactly is Elrond Half-elf in The Rings of Power? Let’s explore the character’s backstory.

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Elrond reveals his half-elf roots in episode 7

In episode 7 of The Rings of Power, we find Elrond trying to persuade the Dwarves to trade some of the mithril ore they recently discovered.

In return, he offers them game, grain and timber from the ancient forests of Eriador for the next five centuries, a very generous offer.

King Durin III, however, is skeptical about whether he can trust an elf, to which Elrond responds by saying, “You shouldn’t. But you can trust me.

“For I am no ordinary elf, but a half-elf of Elrond,” he continues. “And I see in the Elves what they cannot see in themselves. This is why I stand before you now, alone, imploring that you save my people.

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Peter Mullan (King Durin III), Robert Aramayo (Elrond), Owain Arthur (Prince Durin IV) in The Rings of Power episode 7Rings of power © Prime Video

How is Elrond Half-elf?

Elrond is a half-elf in The Rings of Power and in the wider Lord of the Rings lore because both of his parents, Eärendil and Elwing, were also half-elves.

In the case of Elrond’s father, Eärendil, he had an elven mother, Idril, and a human father, Tuor.

While Elrond’s great-grandparents on his mother’s side were the human Beren and the elven princess Lúthien, whose bond was the first between a man and an elf and became a legendary tale in Middle-earth .

In the extended edition of The Fellowship of the Ring film, Aragorn sings a song about Beren and Lúthien.

After the War of Wrath against Morgoth, the divine beings known as the Valar gave Elrond and his twin brother Elros the chance to choose between their human or elven ancestry.

Elrond decided to remain an immortal elf while Elros chose in favor of his human side and became mortal.

There have been hints of Elrond’s half-elven ancestry since the first episode of The Rings of Power as he was not allowed to attend a meeting of the elven lord while High King Gil-galad called Elrond ‘Peredhel’ in Episode 5 which is Sindarin for Half-elf.

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What happened to Elrond’s brother, Elros?

After choosing to become a mortal man, Elros became the first ruler of the island kingdom of Númenor.

As a reward for helping the Elves defeat Morgoth, the band of Men to which Elros belonged were given their own island kingdom, which was raised from the sea by the Valar and Elros was crowned its first king.

However, by the time of The Rings of Power, Elros is long dead as he chose to give up his immortal life.

But although Elros had a mortal life, his lifespan and that of his descendants was far greater than that of most men and lived to be 500 years old.

Elros was referenced earlier in the first season of The Rings of Power during Galadriel’s stay on Númenor when she and Elendil visited the Hall of Lore which featured a tapestry showing Elros and Elrond.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is now available to stream on Amazon Prime Video after its premiere on September 2, 2022.

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