Function Order: Ni-Te-Fi-Se

“It is time, Aragorn. Put aside the Ranger. Become who you were born to be.”

– Elrond

Elrond has a strong futuristic sense of how things will unfold, that remains fixed even despite his Ne-using daughter’s attempts to convince him that “some things” are not certain. He foresees that if he does not intervene, she will live out her days in Middle-earth, outlive her husband, and then wander the world, alone and in darkness, the last of her kind, long after her kin has either died or left for the Gray Havens. His fear and apprehension of this fate for the person he loves most causes him to aggressively attempt to drive her and Aragorn apart—he bluntly states the facts of this to her, ignoring the vision he had also of her child; in his mind, a child is not worth the sacrifice. He urges Aragorn to leave her behind, and warns her that she will ‘die’ without the Evenstar to protect her from the growing threat in Mordor. He has a shaken belief in Aragorn, due to the Ranger’s persistent refusal to embrace his heritage and his destiny, and continually urges him to undertake his responsibilities and do the right thing. Elrond senses the peril of allowing Thorin and his dwarves to travel to their homeland, and warns them against it, lest they wake the great beast. He is firm in his futuristic predictions, and rational in his judgments, even harsh – when he judges the race of men as fallen, corrupt, weak, and leaderless, Gandalf argues the Fe perspective, that such a generalization condemns too many offhand, and that they can still find faith in a few. When he makes an appeal to his daughter, after reducing her to tears over his relaying of the future he foresaw for her, Elrond softens his tone and asks, “Do you not love me also?” He weighs his own self-interest (her love for him) against what she wants, and chooses to fight at first for the outcome he desires, until the threat of her immediate death causes him to urge Aragorn to take up his destiny; for there is no other way to save her life.

Enneagram: 1w2 so/sp

Elrond can come across as stern and disapproving most of the time. He makes sure he behaves appropriately and as a good host, even when the dwarves abuse his hospitality by stripping naked, dunking each other in his fountains, drinking up all his ale, and burning his furniture for firewood. He is ruthlessly rational and has a decidedly negative view of human for their falling so easily to the temptations of the Ring. Even though he could have taken the Ring by force and thrown it into Mount Doom, Elrond did not debase himself to such evil; he allowed its bearer to make his own decision. He does not like to hear the black speech in Rivendell. He finds Aragorn’s refusal to accept his kingship unfathomable, because he sees it as a duty. Elrond sends elves to protect Helm’s Deep out of a sense of moral rightness and obligation; he is also generally helpful, especially to the people he loves. Arwen’s appeals soften him enough to embrace Aragorn and find happiness in their eventual marriage, even if it means he loses her forever.