The Sundering

In Elvish lore, it is told that when the elvish kingdom of 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:

Elvish legend has it that when the Silver-Elves broke into the three large sub-races listed above; they further splintered into several distinct elven sub-races that still exist today;