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First appears in annals in III 1091
Passed over the Sea III 2510
Noldor (through her mother), Sindar (through her father)
'silver crown-gift'2


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The daughter of Celeborn and Galadriel

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The daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn, Celebrían wedded Elrond, and bore him Arwen Evenstar. Attacked by orcs in the Misty Mountains, she was rescued by her sons Elladan and Elrohir, but took ship into the West soon after.



III 109 is the date of Celebrían's wedding to Elrond, so she must clearly have been alive for some time before this. One source (Unfinished Tales III 4, The History of Galadriel and Celeborn) mentions her as early as II 1350, as shown in the timeline above. The text in question (Concerning Galadriel and Celeborn) is, however, a manuscript that was very considerably revised by Tolkien. We cannot therefore be sure that this very early date was intended to stand.


The Etymologies (in volume 5 of The History of Middle-earth) explain the name element -rían as deriving from ríg-anna, 'crown-gift'.

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