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Half-elven, but ultimately counted among Men
Descended from the Noldor, Sindar and Edain (and other strains, more remotely)
Originally Rivendell, later Gondor
Arwen means 'Noble maiden'


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Arwen Evenstar

Noble Queen to Aragorn Elessar

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The daughter and youngest child of Elrond and Celebrían, born in the third century of the Third Age. She lived out her long life at her father's House at Rivendell, and also at times among her mother's people in Lórien. In the year III 2951, when she was 2,710 years old, she returned from a time in Lórien to meet the young Aragorn, at that time being fostered by Elrond.

Soon after that encounter, Aragorn left to adventure in the Wild, but Arwen met him again in Lórien some twenty-nine years later. On the mound of Cerin Amroth, the two plighted their troth. Aragorn's horse Roheryn was a gift from Arwen, and when he went to war at the end of the Third Age, Arwen made a jewelled banner for him. It was this banner that he flew from the captured ships of the Corsairs at the Battle of the Pelennor.

After Aragorn became King, they wed at midsummer in the year of the Downfall of Barad-dûr. Arwen gave up her immortality to wed a mortal, the only Elf since Lúthien to do so. She remained Aragorn's Queen for more than a hundred years, but when at last he died, Arwen passed into the empty land of Lórien, and was never seen again. It is said that her life ended on the same mound of Cerin Amroth where she had stood with Aragorn so long before.

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