After the one ring was destroyed and Aragorn was crowned King of Gondor and Arnor, he and Arwen were married. Though he looks older than his bride, I'm learning that Arwen is actually older than Aragorn by at least 2,600 years. She's obviously robbing the cradle, but I can't get an exact fix on exactly how old they were when married.


Both Aragorn and Arwen's births, and their marriage, are listed in the Third Age section of The Tale of Years (Appendix B, at the back of Return of the King). Arwen was born in the year 241. Aragorn was born on March 1 of 2931. Since they were married at the end of June in 3019, this means Aragorn was 88 years old when they were married, and Arwen was either 2778 or 2777 (depending on whether she was born in the first or second half of the year).

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    Elves are immortal (they've only ever died by trauma, physical or emotional), so Arwen was 0% of her expected lifespan. – Plutor Apr 7 '13 at 15:49
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    Thanks for breaking the 'log jam' Mica. Uncle Brad, from what I can find out; at the time of their marriage, Aragorn was 88 and Arwen was either 2778 or 2777 years old. Thanks Micah. Gandalf 8000+, Galadriel 8000+, Celeborn 7500+, Elrond 6520, Legolas 3000+, Haldir ?, Gollum 590? Gimli 140, Bilbo was 129, Frodo 51, Boromir 41, Sam 40, Merry 37, Faramir 36 and Pippin 29. For the mortals I haven't had time to get their expected normal lifespans. Maybe a new question? – Morgan Apr 7 '13 at 18:05
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    @Plutor but Arwen chose mortality so had a finite lifespan. She'd actually lived 95%-96% of her eventual life. – TheMathemagician Apr 8 '13 at 8:58
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    @Morgan: The important humans to look at are the descendants of the Numenorians, since they had elvish blood (via Elros). The Chieftains of the Dunedain seemed to live to about 100, on average. Aragorn himself lived to the age of 210. – Plutor Apr 8 '13 at 11:53
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    @unclebrad: The closest thing to a "fair" comparison for lifespan is Elros, Arwen's uncle, and the first of the Half-elven to chose mortality. However, as he chose at about the end of the First Age (when he was at the tender age of 70), he "only" lived to 500. In comparison, Arwen enjoyed Elven immortality for well over 2000 years before "making her choice", which seems like cheating the system to me... ;) Anyway, that makes her roughly 550% of her expected lifespan by the Elros-standard, so no. – Tim Pederick Jan 26 '15 at 4:14

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