The Sundering
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In Elvish lore, it is told that when the elvish Ectharë was destroyed at the end of the Second Age, the Silvar-Elves divided into three groups that have essentially evolved into three different sub-races of elves known today on Corwyn: the Grey-Elves, the High-Elves, and the Wood-Elves.

After Talarion Brightstar's death at the end of the War of Wrath, the three senior surviving leaders of the Silvar-Elves grew apart and eventually divided into three distinct groups. In ancient elvish lore, this tragic event is called the Sundering. The three elven leaders were:

1) Ariel Alessarë; Talarion's daughter, who founded the elf-realm of Wyntharë in the west, which became the home of the Grey-Elves;
2) Ectharion Liëflynne; who founded the elf-realm Thekarë in the north, which became the home of the Wood-Elves
3) Meleraf Ekryie; who founded the elf-realm of Melinarë in the south, which became the home of the High-Elves.