Full name: Elrond
Name meaning: Star-dome (Sindarin Elvish)
Aliases: Elrond Half-elven, Master Elrond
Date of birth: c. FA 543
Date of death: Unknown
Parents: Eärendil (father) and Elwing (mother)
Children: Twins sons, Elladan and Elrohir, and a daughter, Arwen
Hair color: Dark
Eye color: Grey in the books; blue in the movies
Played in the movies by: Hugo Weaving
History: Elrond was the grandson of Turgon, King of Gondolin, and the great-grandson of Beren and Luthien. Elwing, Elrond's mother, lived in Doriath with her parents, Dior and Nimloth, and brothers, Elured and Elurin. When the sons of Fëanor attacked Doriath to regain the Silmaril that Beren, Elwing's grandfather, had taken from Morgoth's iron crown, Elwing's mother and father were killed; her brothers abandoned in the wilderness. Elwing herself escaped to Arvernien, taking the Silmaril with her. In Avernien, she met and married Eärendil: they had two sons, Elrond and Elros.
Fëanor's sons attacked Arvernien, and although Eärendil and Elwing escaped with the Silmaril to the Undying Lands, Elrond and Elros were captured. They were befriended by Maglor, one of Fëanor's sons, and became less like captives and more like beloved guests as time passed. At the end of the First Age, Elrond and his brother were given the choice of the Half-elven: to become an immortal elf, or a mortal human. Elrond chose the former; Elros the latter.
Elrond dwelt with Gil-galad, High King of the Noldor, until SA 1695, when he was sent to the land of Eregion. When Eregion fell, Elrond fled and founded the refuge of Imladris (Rivendell). The Last Alliance of Elves and Men was formed in SA 3430. Elrond became Gil-galad's herald, and before the battle, Gil-galad gave him the greatest of the Three Elven Rings, Vilya. After the High King fell, Elrond counselled Isildur to destroy the One Ring, but Isildur refused his advice.
In TA 100, Elrond married Celebrian, daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel. More than two thousand years later (TA 2509), Celebrian was attacked by orcs while journeying over a mountain pass. She was rescued by her twin sons, Elladan and Elrohir, and healed of her wounds by Elrond, but she grew weary of Middle-earth and departed over the sea.
When Arathorn II died, his son Aragorn II was only two years old, and Elrond took the child in as his foster-son. Aragorn met and fell in love with Elrond's daughter, Arwen, eighteen years later, but Elrond forbid Aragorn to marry any woman until Aragorn was found worthy. In TA 3018, Frodo and his companions arrived at Rivendell. Elrond presided over the Council to decide what was to be done with the Ring, and appointed the members of the Fellowship. During the War of the Ring, Elrond provided much assistance, though he himself did not fight. At the end of the war, he gave Arwen's hand in marriage to Aragorn, and at the end of the Third Age, Elrond departed over the sea.