In our exclusive interview with Robert Aramayo, we dug deep into Elrond’s in-canon storyline. At one point, the Game of Thrones graduate referenced the pressures on his character to live up to his past. From there he began with a description of Elrond’s backstory that would make the most die-hard Tolkien fan proud, and specifically discussed how Tolkien talks about Elrond being ‘counted’ among the immortals.
This reluctance to call him virtually immortal is justified. Elrond’s ancestors are a mixed group of humans and elves. In fact, his great-great-grandmother is a Maiar, a spiritual being more akin to an angel than a physical person in composition. His brother Elros becomes the first king of the people of Númenor. His father and mother are also half-elves and together they save the world from the original Dark Lord Morgoth. Whichever way you turn, Elrond has a rich, complicated lineage that includes mortals, immortals and even angels from Middle-earth in their ranks.
It’s grand and awe-inspiring, but it’s also confusing – something Aramayo is aware of. “Technically he’s immortal, but to me it suggests something interesting about what mortality means to him and what mortality literally is in him. If he had to be dismembered, he’d be immortal, but ‘What does half-elf mean? ‘ was one of the most interesting questions about its creation.”