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Elladan and Elrohir were the twin Half-elven sons of Elrond and Celebrían of Rivendell, and were noted for their close friendship and cooperation with the Dúnedain of Arnor, Rangers of the North, and Men in general, and for their deeds during the War of the Ring.


Third Age[]


A depiction of Elladan

Elladan and Elrohir were born in TA 130,[1] and had a younger sister, Arwen. Through their mother Celebrían, they were the only grandsons of Lady Galadriel and Lord Celeborn of Lothlórien.

In TA 2509, the brothers rescued their mother from her imprisonment by Orcs. Although she was physically healed by Elrond, after fear and torment from the Orcs she lost all joy from Middle-earth, and so she departed for the Undying Lands the next year. Due to this, the twins harbored great hatred for Orcs.[3]

By the year TA 2933, Elladan and Elrohir went riding against Orcs with Arathorn II, the father of Aragorn II Elessar. There Arathorn was slain and his wife and son went to dwell in Imladris, where Elrond received Aragorn as his foster-son, naming him Estel.[4]

War of the Ring[]

When the Fellowship of the Ring formed in Rivendell, the twins' role was to scout the lands and prepare the way for the Fellowship.[5] Later, they traveled along with Halbarad and the Grey Company. They delivered a message from their father concerning the Paths of the Dead and accompanied Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli there. Elladan traveled behind the company, the Dead following after him.[6] They battled on the Fields of Pelennor "with stars bound to their brows."[7]

During the Last Debate, Elladan and Elrohir seconded Gandalf's decision to throw a force at the Morannon, saying that Elrond had sent them with that same counsel from Rivendell.[8] Elladan and Elrohir then accompanied Aragorn and fought alongside him at the Battle of the Black Gate.

After the War[]

After the war, Elladan and Elrohir met the escort of Arwen in Lothlórien, and together, they traveled to Minas Tirith.[9] The brothers arrived first and carried a banner of silver. They were followed by Glorfindel and Erestor.[10]


Elrohir, by Magali Villeneuve

Fourth Age and beyond[]

When their father departed to the West, the brothers stayed in Rivendell for a while. In time, their grandfather Celeborn came to live with them before journeying to the Grey Havens.[11] It is unknown whether Elladan and Elrohir chose to remain in Middle-earth as mortal men or depart with the last of their kindred to Valinor.


The name Elladan is Sindarin for "Elf-Man" or "Elf-Dúnadan," referring to his dual descent from both Elves and Edain (a name given to those descending from the three houses of Men from Beleriand).[12] It comes from the words el ("elf or star") and adan, singular of Edain.[13] On the other hand, Elrohir means "Elf-knight", but rochir also means "horse-lord".[14]


Elladan by Magali Villeneuve

Elladan, by Magali Villeneuve

Though Tolkien never specifically states that Elrohir and Elladan were twins, it is suspected that they were for four reasons: first, they are described as "So much alike were they, the sons of Elrond, that few could tell them apart: dark-haired, grey-eyed, and their faces elven-fair, clad alike in bright mail beneath cloaks of silver-grey" (Tolkien 761).[15] Secondly, one is rarely mentioned without the other, and their names are only separated when they are speaking. Thirdly, they were both born in the same year,[1] and elven pregnancies last a full year.[note 1] Fourthly, the birth of twins was not a rare occurrence in their family history (Amrod and Amras, Eluréd and Elurín, Elrond and Elros).

The brethren were friends and companions-in-arms of the Rangers of the North, and helped defend the remnants of Arnor from evil after the fall of the North-kingdom. They held a special grudge against Orcs because of their mother's suffering at their hands.

Like their sister, father and uncle, Elladan and Elrohir were Half-elves who could make a choice between mortality and immortality, expressed by whether they would follow their father to Valinor at the time of his own departure at the end of the Third Age. Since they are explicitly described as remaining in Rivendell for a time after their father's departure, some fans speculated that they had also chosen mortality. However, J.R.R. Tolkien himself noted that the twins were allowed to "delay" their choices.[16]

Line of the Half-elves[]

Eluréd and Elurín
Kings of Númenor
Lords of Andúnië
Kings of Arnor
Kings of Gondor
Chieftains of
the Dúnedain
Aragorn II Elessar

The marriages between Elves and Men are in bold.
The Half-elves or the Peredhil are in italic.


Elladan and Elrohir miniatures by Games Workshop

Other versions[]

In early writings, Elladan and Elrohir were named Elboron and Elbereth. These were the same early names for the twins Eluréd and Elurín, who were the uncles of Elrond.[17] They also had a younger sister named Finduilas.

The Lord of the Rings Online - Elrohir

Elrohir in The Lord of the Rings Online

In adaptations[]

  • They also appear in The Lord of the Rings: War in the North, seen in the first level at Fornost by the three main characters of the game: Eradan, Farin and Andriel. They leave behind them many dead Orcs and goblins. When Elladan and Elrohir meet the three heroes later, just after the heroes have finished fighting a troll, they decide to work together to reach Fornost's citadel.

Elladan and Elrohir in The Lord of the Rings: War in the North

When they arrive at the citadel, Elrohir and Elladan go after the leader of the dark forces here in Fornost, also the main villain of the game, Agandaûr. They are seen dueling him atop the citadel. The duel is finished after Eradan, Andriel, and Farin arrive - after killing some of Agandaûr's Orcs and his chieftain Tharzog - forcing Agandaûr to retreat on a fell beast. The Great Eagle Beleram goes after Agandaûr, who loses the Eagle by creating a storm with his dark sorcery. With their job done in Fornost, Elladan and Elrohir return to Rivendell, while the other three go back to Sarn Ford, and Beleram goes back to report to Gwaihir the Eagle-lord.

The two are seen again in Rivendell, and can be spoken to. They later join the forces of the Grey Company under Halbarad, and like Luin, are not seen in the game again.



Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Elladan en Elrohir
Albanian Elladan dhe Elrohir
Amharic ዐልላዳን ኣንድ ዐልሮሂር
Arabic ايلاندان و ايلاروهير
Armenian Ելլադան անդ Ելրոհիր
Azerbaijani Elladan və Elrohir
Basque Elladan eta Elrohir
Belarusian Cyrillic Эладан і Элрахір
Bengali এল্লাদান অন্দ এল্রহির
Bosnian Elladan i Elrohir
Breton Elladan ha Elrohir
Bulgarian Cyrillic Еладан и Елрохир
Catalan Èl·ladan i Èlrohir
Cebuano Elladan ug Elrohir
Chichewa Elladan ndi Elrohir
Chinese (Hong Kong) 伊萊丹&伊羅何
Croatian Elladan i Elrohir
Czech Elladan a Elrohir
Danish Elladan og Elrohir
Dutch Elladan en Elrohir
Esperanto Eladano kaj Elrohiro
Estonian Elladan ja Elrohir
Filipino Elladan at Elrohir
Finnish Elladan ja Elrohir
French Elladan et Elrohir
Galician Elladan e Elrohir
Georgian ელლადან ანდ ელროჰირ
German Elladan und Elrohir
Greek Έλλανταν και Έλροχιρ
Gujarati ઍલ્લદન અન્દ ઍલ્રોહિર
Haiti Creole Elladan ak Elrohir
Hausa Elladan da Elrohir
Hebrew יללאדאן אנד ילרוהיר
Hindi एल्लदन अन्द एल्रोहिर
Hungarian Elladan és Elrohir
Icelandic Elladan og Elrohir
Indonesian Elladan dan Elrohir
Irish Gaelic Elladan agus Elrohir
Italian Elladan e Elrohir
Japanese エルラダンとエルロヒア
Javanese Elladan lan Elrohir
Kannada ಏಲ್ಲದನ್ ಮತ್ತು ಏಲ್ರೊಹಿರ್
Kazakh Елладан анд Елроһір (Cyrillic)
Korean 엘라단과엘로히르
Kurdish Elladan û Elrohir (Kurmanji Kurdish)
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Элладан анд Элроhир
Lao ເອລະລາດານແລະເອະລະໂລເຮຍ
Latin Elladan et Elrohir
Latvian Elladan un Elrohir
Lithuanian Elladan ir Elrohir
Luxembourgish Elladan a Elrohir
Macedonian Cyrillic Елладан анд Елрохир
Malagasy Elladan sy Elrohir
Maltese Elladan u Elrohir
Malaysian Elladan dan Elrohir
Manx Elladan as Elrohir
Marathi एल्लदन आणि एल्रोहिर
Mongolian Cyrillic Елладан анд Елроhир
Navajo Elladan dóó Elrohir
Nepalese एल्लदन अन्द एल्रोहिर
Norwegian Elladan og Elrohir
Occitan Elladan e Elrohir
Pashto ېللادان اند ېلروهیر
Persian الادان و الروهیر
Polish Elladan i Elrohir
Portuguese Elladan e Elrohir
Punjabi ਏਲ੍ਲਦਨ ਅਤੇ ਏਲ੍ਰੋਹਿਰ
Romanian Elladan și Elrohir
Romansh Elladan e Elrohir
Russian Элладан и Элрохир
Sanskrit एल्लदन् अन्द् एल्रोहिर्
Scottish Gaelic Elladan agus Elrohir
Serbian Елладан и Елрохир (Cyrillic) Elladan i Elrohir (Latin)
Sesotho Elladan le Elrohir
Sinhalese ඒල්ලදන් අඳ් ඒල්‍රොහිර්
Slovak Elladan a Elrohir
Slovenian Elladan in Elrohir
Somalian Elladan iyo Elrohir
Spanish Elladan y Elrohir
Sundanese Elladan jeung Elrohir
Swahili Elladan na Elrohir
Swedish Elladan och Elrohir
Tajik Cyrillic Elladan ва Elrohir
Tamil ஏளதந் அந்த் ஏல்ரொஹிர்
Telugu ఏల్లదన అన్ద ఏల్రొహిర
Thai เอลลาดาน & เอลโรเฮียร์
Turkish Elladan ve Elrohir
Turkmen Elladan we Elrohir
Ukrainian Cyrillic Елладан і Елрохір
Urdu اللادان اور الروہیر
Uzbek Елладан ва Элроҳир (Cyrillic) Elladan va Elrohir (Latin)
Vietnamese Elladan và Elrohir
Volapük Elladan e Elrohir
Welsh Eladan a Elrohir
Wymysorys Elladan ana Elrohir
Xhosa Elladan kwaye Elrohir
Yiddish עללאַדאַן און עלראָהיר
Yoruba Elladan ati Elrohir
Zulu Elladan naElrohir


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Third Age"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. II: "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  3. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (iii): "Eriador, Arnor, and the Heirs of Isildur"
  4. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix A: Annals of the Kings and Rulers, I: The Númenórean Kings, (v): "The tale of Aragorn and Arwen"
  5. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book Two, Ch. I: "Many Meetings"
  6. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. II: "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  7. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. VI: "The Battle of the Pelennor Fields"
  8. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Ch. IX: "The Last Debate"
  9. The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B: The Tale of Years (Chronology of the Westlands), "The Chief Days from the Fall of Power Door to the End of the Third Age"
  10. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Six, Ch. V: "The Steward and the King"
  11. The Lord of the Rings, Prologue, V: "Note on the Shire Records"
  12. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 211 (dated 14 October 1958)
  13. Parma Eldalamberon, Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  14. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 211 (dated October 14, 1958)
  15. The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, Book Five, Chapter II: "The Passing of the Grey Company"
  16. The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 152 (dated September 1954)
  17. The History of Middle-earth, Vol. VIII: The War of the Ring, Part Three: Minas Tirith, chapter IV: "Many Roads Lead Eastward"


  1. Elves' gestation periods are roughly a yearlong, so it would be hard to bring two sons into the world in the same year if they were not twins.