12 May 2012

365 Days of Middle-earth ~ Day 316: Celeborn

Martin Csokas as Celeborn
Celeborn (S. ‘Silver-tree’; born Teleporno) was a Sindarin Elf who lived in Doriath as kinsman of King Thingol. He wedded the Noldorin princess Galadriel, and they dwelt together in Doriath for a time. Following the War of Wrath, Celeborn and Galadriel were given a chance to return to Aman; too filled with pride, Galadriel refused, and Celeborn also chose to remain in Middle-earth.

For a time they dwelt in Lindon, and then moved on to Eregion; when that realm fell, they journeyed east over the Misty Mountains with Celeborn’s kinsman Thranduil and established realms among the Silvan Elves – Thranduil claimed the northern part of Greenwood the Great , while Celeborn and Galadriel went on further south and founded the realm of Lórien. Their combined power and wisdom kept foes at bay, and together they ruled as Lord and Lady. Soon after, Galadriel bore their daughter, Celebrían. 

Celeborn’s most significant recorded contribution occurred during the Third Age, when he repelled three Orc-attacks on Lórien and led a force across the Anduin which took Dol Guldur. After the War of the Ring, Celeborn and Galadriel travelled to MinasTirith to attend the wedding of their granddaughter Arwen and King Elessar, then to Rohan for the funeral of King Théoden. When Galadriel passed over Sea at the end of the Third Age, Celeborn grew weary and abandoned Lothlórien; he dwelt with his grandsons, Elladan and Elrohir, in Rivendell for a while. It is not recorded when he decided to sail west.

Celeborn was also the name of the White Tree, a seedling of Galathilion, which grew in Tol Eressëa; from it sprang Nimloth.

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