Elrond: crowned with many winters

Anthony Lawther

Well-Known Member
Listening to Episode 107 (catching up slower than some) the class seemed to reach no resolution regarding Elrond being "crowned with many winters", and an allusion to "kind as Christmas" was invoked.
Being from the Southern Hemisphere, we don't make an automatic association of Christmas with winter (but with summer when it rarely snows), but something that does appear to be universal is the association of winter with hardship, troubles, and loss including death.

For a monarch to retain their crown through many periods of hardship, troubles, and loss indicates that those who follow them maintain respect and consider their guidance worthy, which ties in with the description of venerable, and also with "the memory of many things both glad and sorrowful."

I think this reading fits well with the rest of the description, so what do you think?