Celeborn needs some serious appreciation for his deeds after the fall of Sauron..
It just occurred to me that he did care about the fate of his people when he let Middle Earth. I say
this because he is typically lumped in with his wife, who left Loth Lorien and
its people to wither away, giving them one of two options: A) Go to Valinor
with her b) Stay and fade. They were reluctant to leave for Valinor, but at the
same time, they did not want to die in Loth Lorien.
(And I understand that she was weary, but she left them with awful options and didn’t really think of them when she left. I suppose she put in all in Celeborn’s hands, but as their ruler as well, she should have had their greater good in mind when she left)
These are silvan elves who are not used to Valinor, they are
not Noldor so they don’t feel the same way as Galadriel. They love the woods
and the trees, but at the same time, the do not know a realm where their woods are
not protected by Galadriel’s ring power.
So her leaving them puts them in an awful position.
Enter Celeborn, who doesn’t get enough credit for this.
He purifies Mirkwood, which turns into Greenwood. Mirkwood is ruled by King Thranduil, and happens to be a large territory of Silvan elves, whose Silvan culture is preserved, as opposed to Loth Lorien. When Celebron leaves, many of his people go to Mirkwood.
But he purifies it first. He purifies it so his people can go to a realm similar to Loth Lorien in that it is protected, and so when he leaves, they will be safe. He purifies a place that is primarily Silvan, for his people who are Silvan. Not only that, but if they lost any of their culture in Loth Lorien, they now have the opportunity to get it back.
When he leaves Middle Earth, he doesn’t leave his people with an impossible choices. He leaves them with a home and a place they will be accepted in, where their culture primarily thrives.
And we all tend to see Celebron as just Galadriel’s husband and the lesser ruler of Loth Lorien, when at the end he does a pretty amazing thing for the Silvan elves. Celeborn is swept under the rug far too much and just seen as the silent, brooding elf that is Galadriel’s husband and nothing else.
But he’s so much more, and he does such a good thing for his people. And I know it’s never said specifically that he does it for the Silvan, but it makes so much sense when you put it into perspective.
So yeah, some Celeborn and Sindar Elf appreciation.