The Sundering

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:

The ten Elven sub-races in existence today