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Elladan from The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game
Biographical Information
AffiliationGrey Company
LanguagePrimarily Sindarin[1]
BirthT.A. 130[2]
HeritageHalf-elven father, Elf mother
ParentageElrond and Celebrían
SiblingsElrohir (twin) and Arwen
Physical Description
Hair colorDark[3]
Eye colorGrey[3]
ClothingBright mail, silver-grey cloak[3]
GalleryImages of Elladan

Elladan and his twin brother Elrohir were the children of Celebrían and Elrond. The first of the twins, Elladan ("Elf-Man"), was named so as a token of his ancestry; they were descended not only from the noble Houses of the Edain through their father, but also from royal houses of the Eldar through their mother.


[edit] Description

The brothers were tall, dark-haired and grey-eyed, and so much alike that only those that knew them well could tell them apart. To Meriadoc Brandybuck, their fair elven faces seemed neither old nor young. While in the Grey Company, they wore cloaks of silver-grey over bright mail.[3]

[edit] History

In the year T.A. 2509, the twins' mother Celebrían went on a journey into the south to visit her own mother, Galadriel, in the land of Lórien. In the Redhorn Pass, she was captured by the Orcs of the Misty Mountains, and tortured in their dens. Elladan rode with his brother to rescue her, but by the time they reached her, she had received a poisonous wound.[2] Though their father healed her, she would not remain in Middle-earth, and sailed into the West the following year. After this loss, Elladan and Elrohir were filled with hatred of the orcs, often riding against them with the Northern Dúnedain.[4] In 2933, they saw Arathorn II killed by orcs while hunting with him.[5]

[edit] War of the Ring

In the early part of the War of the Ring, the brothers' main role was to scout the land and prepare the way for the Fellowship. Around November of T.A. 3018, they were sent by Elrond on a secret errand. They passed down the Silverlode into a "strange country" and were the last to return to Rivendell in December.[6]

Later, they took a more active part. When Halbarad rode to Aragorn's aid with the Grey Company, Elladan and Elrohir accompanied them.[3] They followed Aragorn through the Paths of the Dead, fought with him at Pelargir, and took part in the Battle of the Pelennor Fields, where they fought with stars bound to their brows.

After the celebrations and the coronation of Aragorn, the brothers departed Minas Tirith on 8 May. On 14 June they met with the escort of their sister on her way to Gondor to marry Aragorn, and together they went to Edoras. They stayed there for two days before setting out for Gondor. They arrived to the City on 1 Lithe[7] and the brothers held a silver banner.[8]

[edit] Later fate

After the War, little is known of the brothers' fate. They returned to their father's house at Rivendell and remained there even after their father had passed across the Sea.[9] Like their sister Arwen, the sons of Elrond Half-elven were granted the choice of whether to leave Middle-earth for the Undying Lands, or remain there and become mortal as men. They chose, for a time at least, to stay in Middle-earth for reasons unknown.

[edit] Etymology

Elladan is Sindarin for "Elf-man", from el ("elf") + adan ("man"). It could also be translated as "Elf-Númenórean", as adan refers to the Edain, who later became Númenóreans.[10]

[edit] Genealogy

b. Y.T. 1230
b. Y.T.
b. F.A.
b. F.A. 472
b. Y.T.
F.A. 470 - 506
d. F.A. 506
b. Y.T. 1362
b. F.A.
b. F.A. 503
b. F.A. 503
b. S.A. 300
b. F.A. 532
F.A. 532 - S.A. 442
b. T.A. 130
b. T.A. 130
T.A. 241 - Fo.A. 121
Aragorn II
T.A. 2931 - Fo.A. 120
b. Fo.A. 1

[edit] Portrayal in adaptations

Elladan in adaptations

1979: The Lord of the Rings (1979 radio series):

Elrohir and Elladan follow Halbarad and come to Aragorn's aid. No actor is credited.

2001-2007: The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game:

Despite not featuring in The Lord of the Rings film series, Decipher produced a card depicting the character.

2007: The Lord of the Rings Online:

Elladan and Elrohir are first met by Elven and Dwarven characters in T.A. 3016 in Ered Luin where they travel to unravel the mystery of their father's prophetic dream. In T.A. 3018 all players meet them in their camp in the Trollshaws from which they lead the search for the missing Black Rider and defend the Ford of Bruinen against an attack. Early next year they join the Grey Company and travel with the Dunedain Rangers from the wilds of Eregion all the way to the Pelennor Fields. Afterwards they travel with the Host of the West to Black Gate and fight in the Battle of the Morannon. They later attend their sister Arwen's wedding in Minas Tirith.

2011: The Lord of the Rings: War in the North:

Elladan and Elrohir were sent by their father, Elrond, to Fornost, to scout for the darkness in that city. They meet with Eradan, Andriel and Farin, who were sent by Aragorn to stop Agandaûr's army from attacking. As they have the same goal, they collaborate and fight a way to the Citadel of the city.[11] There, Elladan and his brother remove the magic spell of the Citadel gate, which protects Agandaûr against intruders.[12] Inside the citadel, Eradan, Andriel and Farin kill Tharzog - chieftain of the Orcs of Mount Gram - while Elladan and Elrohir confront Agandaûr. Agandaûr has the upper hand in the battle, but flees when Eradan, Andriel and Farin arrive. Elladan and Elrohir return to Rivendell, where they inform their father about the events in Fornost.[13]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix F, "The Languages and Peoples of the Third Age", "Of the Elves"
  2. 2.0 2.1 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Third Age"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "Many Meetings"
  5. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A, "The Númenorean Kings", "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  6. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, "The Ring Goes South"
  7. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, "The Chief Days from the Fall of Barad-dûr to the End of the Third Age"
  8. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, "The Steward and the King"
  9. J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings, "Prologue", "Note on the Shire Records"
  10. J.R.R. Tolkien; Humphrey Carpenter, Christopher Tolkien (eds.), The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 211, (dated 14 October 1958), pp. 281-282
  11. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Chapter 1: Fornost, Inner wards
  12. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Chapter 1: Fornost, The Citadel
  13. The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, Chapter 1: Fornost, Citadel tower