The Sundering
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When the elven kingdom of Ectharë was destroyed at the end of the Second Age, the Silvar-Elves divided into three racial groups: the Grey-Elves, the High-Elves, and the Wood-Elves.


By the end of the bitter War of Wrath, the three senior surviving leaders of the Silvar-Elves had grown apart, and eventually, divided into three distinct groups. In elvish lore, this tragic event is called "the Sundering."

The three elven leaders were:

Elvish legend has it; after the Silver-Elves broke into three large sub-races, those races eventually splintered into six additional elven sub-races which still exist today;