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He was as noble and fair as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer
Elrond was born in F.A. 532 at the Havens of Sirion late in the First Age. His parents were Eärendil and Elwing and had a twin brother, Elros, who later became the first king of Númenor. Elrond is described to seem ageless, resembling neither old nor young, however one could see in his face the memories and experiences of thousands of years. He looked venerable both like an old king, a wise wizard, and an experienced warrior in his prime. Elrond is described as dark-haired person with grey and shining like starlight eyes. He could be seen wearing a circlet of silver. He's a veteran of hundreds of wars and thousands of battles. During the Third Age Elrond was the Lord of Rivendell and keeper of the great elven ring Vilya. He sailed to the West (propably Aman) in T.A. 3021 when he was ~6520 years old.
Venerable he seemed as a king crowned with many winters, and yet hale as a tried warrior in the fulness of his strength. He was the Lord of Rivendell and mighty among both Elves and Men.
While Elrond doesn't have such many, pure feats as Legolas we can at least compare him to our favourite elf from movies. Why? Well in the Tolkienverse there are few generation of elves. The older elves were stated to by way more powerfull than elves from Third Age. Example of the best Third-Age elf is Legolas. (Elrond, Thranduil, Galadriel are far older than him).
While Elrond lacks strenght feats we can assume that there shouldn't be a huge gap between his physical strenght and Legolas strenght.Mostly because Elrond is from older, more powerfull generation. Using Legolas as an example we can assume that top elves possess superhuman strenght.
he was hale as a tried warrior in the fulness of his strength
He was tall as a young tree, lithe, immensely strong, able swiftly to draw a great war-bow
Legolas is able to effortlessly, fast draw the great war-bow. Medieval longbows had draw force of 100–185 lb.
Overall average elf should have more physical strenght than average human. And Elrond is not an average elf.
Reflexes and speed
Elves are famous from being agile, nimble and swift. Worth to mention is that they are ambidextrous. They can run effortlessly on ropes. Due to their physiology and magic they can deny gravity.. literally. When others are sinking in the snow, elves like Legolas are able to walk and run on the surface without leaving the footprints. Average Elves are at least solid arrow-timers and characters like Elrond, Legolas and Thranduil have great potential to be more. Thranduil who's very similar to Elrond lolblitzed arrow timer in the "Hobbit" movie.
Elvish physiology, senses and stamina
Elves can fight for an entire battle without tiring, can run for days and feel no fatigue. Their durability should be average. They seem as durable as an strong man. They can take beating and punches from far stronger opponents, for example Bolg, but standard sword strike to the head/heart would kill them. Also they are very resistant to toxins such as alcohol.
Their eyes are wonderfull. They can see at great distances and in dark.
It was stated many times that elves have great power of the spirit. It's very hard to scare them and even harder to corrupt them. They are servants of the light and good.
Intelligence and abilities
Elrond... became a master of wisdom.
Elrond is considered the master of wisdom. During his thousands of years in Middle-Age he gathered massive amount of books and knowledge.
... Master Elrond foretold that [Narsil] would not be [forged anew] until the Ruling Ring should be found again and Sauron should return....
Elrond can foretold things. Also He has the gift of foresight through which he could view lands and events far away from Rivendell.
Elrond knew all about runes of every kind. That day he looked at the swords they had brought from the trolls' lair...: 'These are... very old.... This, Thorin, the runes name Orcrist, the Goblin-cleaver in the ancient tongue of Gondolin....'
Moon-letters are rune-letters, but you cannot see them,' said Elrond, 'not when you look straight at them. They can only be seen when the moon shines behind them, and what is more, with the more cunning sort it must be a moon of the same shape and season as the day when they were written....'
Elrond has great knowledge about languages and history. He's able to read ancient runes and when nobody is able to read the map due to runes being enciphered and hided from eyesight he's able to easily deduce that they are Lunar Runes:
'Elrond is a master of healing....'
Elrond is master of healing who's able to cure even deadly injures caused by dark magic.
Elrond was also familiar with Ósanwe, the skill of entering others minds. He can read the minds and talk to someone via telepathy. And it's not restricted to the willpower or anything like that. Here Galadriel enters Gandalfs mind. Gandalf is an powerfull, ancient, angelic being who was send to the Middle-Earth by the Eru Iluvatar (God who created universe).
Aragorn speculated that among the few capable of completely resisting Saruman's power of speech were Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf. Saruman powers was working this way that when he was talking he was able to manipulate others mind. His speech was so powerfull and charming that only very strong minded characters were able to resist it.
Experience and skill
Elrond was a skillful warrior in battle and had commanded various armies of the Free Peoples well, including the Last Alliance. He was just as effective at leadership and gave much wise counsel. He has at least 6520 years of experience. Even if we will consider that elvish childhood takes ~100 years it's still hundreds of wars and thousadns of battles. Elrond is skilled strategist and powerfull leader who inspires his troops in battles.
Elrond possess great skill. He's proficient with longbow, warbow, daggers, longswords, two handed swords, spear, shield and one handed swords. Also he's proficient in art of shooting from shortbow when on a horse.
Fight against skilled opponents is definitely his fight in Dol Guldur (gifs from this fight you can see in the reflexes section). He is able to compete against powerfull, ancient, skilled beings. Yes, ancient. The Wraiths were once powerfull kings of man who were currupted by Sauron. He was able to lolstomp and outskill any of them when they were trying to attack him.
Fight against fodder is easily his every battle against orcs. He causually attacks orcs on patrols. One of those elvish archers is Elrond.
In every battle video with elves we can see that they are always trying to tag weak, not armored points. Elrond is no different.
Link to some info about Elvish gear.
- His standard offensive gear should be his elvish longsword. Overall Elvish blacksmiths were the best in Middle-Earth. It's weights nothing and is very sharp. Also the Elvish weapons are filled with good. They can seriously injure evil beings. For example the Wraiths/Nazguls - beigns who are resistant to normal, steel weapons.
- His standard defenisve gear should be his elvish plate armor supported by chainmail and gambeson. His armored from chin to foots. Elvish armor weights almost nothing and is very durable.
- He always wields one of the great rings of power named Vilya.
The exact power of Vilya is not mentioned; however it is reasonable to assume that it also possesses the power to heal and to preserve. Since the original purpose of the rings was to recreate the bliss of Valinor, where nothing withered or died, Vilya's main use was to create a realm where the Elves could be at peace. The wielder could use the ring to set an enchantment upon a chosen location, preserving all living things within the region. With this boundary spell it is possible that the wielder could influence the elements. There is some speculation that the ring controlled minor elements, considering the event where Elrond had summoned a torrent of water as the Nazgûl attempted to invade Rivendell.
Will be continued