Elrond Half-elven is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium. Both of his parents, Eärendil and Elwing, were half-elven, having both Men and Elves as ancestors. He is the bearer of the elven-ring Vilya, the Ring of Air, and master of Rivendell, where he has lived for thousands of years through the Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth. He was the Elf-king Gil-galad's herald at the end of the Second Age, saw Gil-galad and king Elendil fight the dark lord Sauron for the One Ring, and Elendil's son Isildur take it rather than destroy it.
Elrond was born in the First Age at the refuge of the Mouths of Sirion in Beleriand, the son of the half-elven mariner Eärendil and Elwing his wife, and a great-grandson of Beren and Lúthien. Not long afterwards, the havens were destroyed by the sons of Fëanor, who captured Elrond and his brother Elros. Their parents feared that they would be killed; instead, they were befriended by Fëanor's sons Maedhros and Maglor.[T 1] Like his parents but unlike his brother, Elrond chose to be counted among the Elves when the choice of kindreds was given to him. When Beleriand was destroyed at the end of the First Age, Elrond went to Lindon with the household of Gil-galad, the last High King of the Noldor.[T 1]
Elrond was the half-elven son of Eärendil and Elwing, the father of Arwen, and the Lord of Rivendell who consistently fought against Sauron throughout the Second and Third Ages. He was the twin brother of Elros, who later became the first king of Númenor.
In a letter from 1958, J.R.R. Tolkien explained that Elrond is a Sindarin name that he was given because he was found in a cave, and that the name is a compound of eld>ell, the Sindarin term for the High-Elven exiles, and rond based on primitive Elvish rondo meaning \"cavern\". In an essay that was probably written between 1959 and 1960, J.R.R. Tolkien translated the name as \"Star-dome\".  The Sindarin elements are el (\"star\") and rond (\"a vaulted or arched roof, the heavens\"). In an essay on \"The Problem of Ros\" that was written in 1969 or later J.R.R. Tolkien translated the name as \"star-dome, noting that it was given by Elwing in memory of the Menelrond, the Hall of the Throne of Elwë. Elrond has also been translated as \"Vault of Heaven\". In a letter from 1972, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote that the name Elrond means \"The vault of stars\".
Elrond Half-elven was born in the Havens of Sirion in Beleriand, late in the First Age. His father was Eärendil, a great half-elven mariner who carried a star across the sky at the end of the First Age. Elrond's mother was Elwing, also known as Elwing the White, also half-elven. Elrond had a twin brother, Elros, also known as Elros Tar-Minyatur.
And why does it matter It matters principally not because of Dior himself, but what inheritance he handed down to his daughter Elwing, who then married another half-elven, and upon whom the Valar laid the Choice.
I know Elrond was sometimes called the 'half-elven'(as was pointed out in this question, and normally that would be that, but he appears fully elvish. For example, he appears to have an incredibly long life, as is evidenced by the above passage, and he noted his inability to act as the Elvish emissary in the Fellowship, because of his age and inability to leave, rather than because he was not fully Elvish. So, is he fully Elvish
Although Elrond was considered half-elven, that was not meant to be an exact percentage value. Through Lúthien, daughter of Melian the Maia, he and his brother Elros were also descended from the Maiar, angelic beings who had come to Middle-earth thousands of years before. Both his mother and his father had mixed human-elf ancestry, and as a result Elrond himself was 6/16 human, 9/16 elf and 1/16 Maia. Elrond, along with his parents, his brother, and his children, were granted a choice between Elven or human fates by the Valar. Elrond chose to live as an immortal Elf, while his twin Elros chose the mortality of Men.
As Elrond explains in \"The Rings of Power,\" Eärendil was a half-elven mariner who set sail to Valinor during the First Age to plead with the Valar to take arms against the ever-so-powerful Morgoth. Eärendil succeeded in convincing the gods to directly influence the events of Middle-earth and vanquish the Dark Lord. His feats were so great that the Valar \"lifted him beyond the bounds of this world,\" forever left to carry a star across the sky. Eärendil was a certified badass, to say the least. According to \"The Silmarillion,\" on which much of the streaming series is based, Eärendil's actions were a result of a prophecy told long before his time.
As the brothers were half-elven, they could choose which of their kindred they would identify as. Elros lived as a mortal and eventually aged and died. Elrond chose to live as an immortal elf and the emotional toll of those decisions will be explored in his story arc. 781b155fdc