In “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episode 4, Elrond’s father is mentioned in two places: Eärendil, one of the most legendary heroic characters in the works of JRR Tolkien. We learn from Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) that Eärendil possessed the gift of prophecy, and Elrond (Robert Aramayo) himself tells how his father convinced the Valar (the gods of Tolkien’s world) to intervene in the war against Morgoth and henceforth with one of the Silmaril as evening star moved across the sky.
The so-called half-elves Elrond and Elros are also descended from Eärendil (the latter has also been mentioned several times in “The Rings of Power”). It’s not quite that simple, after all, Eärendil was actually a half-elf himself – get ready, we have to do a quick family tree here:
Elrond’s father Eärendil descended from the human Tuor (also a great hero) and the elf Idril, so he’s actually half human and half elf. However, it gets more complicated with his wife Elwing, the mother of Elrond and Elros:
Elrond’s mother, Elwing, is the daughter of the Elf Nimloth and Dior, who in turn was born of a human Beren-Elbin Lúthien relationship, whose mother in turn was the Maia (also a kind of god being) Melian. So, strictly speaking, Elwing is only five eighths Elvish.
So Elrond and Elros are not half-elves in the literal sense, but actually 9/16-elvesif we calculated correctly – for which we cannot guarantee, after all we write about films and series here at DashFUN, not about (fantasy) genetics.
However, like their parents Eärendil and Elwing before them, Elrond and Elros were left to choose whether to follow their Elvish or human heritage and thus choose an immortal or a mortal life. Elrond chose to live as an Elf, but Elros to live as a human.
Blessed with an above-average lifespan but mortal nonetheless, he became the founder of the royal house of Númenor as the Elros Tar-Minyature – and interestingly, the Elrond and Elros family branches are then reunited many, many years later.
Aragorn (played by Viggo Mortensen in The Lord of the Rings films) is a distant descendant of Elros, while Arwen (Liv Tyler) is known to be Elrond’s daughter. Strictly speaking, two distant relatives are getting married here, which almost sounds a bit like “Game Of Thrones”.
Speaking of Game Of Thrones, the close friendship that Elrond and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) have had on the show has left some The Rings of Power fans wondering if the two have ever had a relationship or will in the future.
That’s not the case, which has nothing to do with the fact that the two are also related to each other in several ways. Much more Elrond eventually marries Celebrían, daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn, and Galadriel thus becomes Elrond’s mother-in-law.
If your head is spinning with all the family relationships, just look forward to the next episode “The Rings of Power”, in which none of this has played a major role so far. Episode 5 will be released on September 23, 2022 on Amazon Prime Video.
And if you want to get a little more involved with episodes 3 and 4 of “The Rings of Power”, then listen to the stream browsing podcast from our Moviepilot colleagues. In the current episode, in addition to a recap, there are many theories and explanations about the fantasy hit on Amazon Prime Video.