As I was listening to ExLOTR episode 97, the topic came up of lords in Rivendell who could wield the One Ring. Elrond, unsurprisingly, was one of the ones who could presumably wield the Ring. Elrond is obviously a very powerful and very wise elf, possibly only surpassed in the Third Age by Galadriel, and yet Elrond is one of the Moriquendi. Elrond is descended from the Calaquendi on his father's side and Melian on his mother's side, so maybe he gets a pass, but he has still never been to the Blessed Realm and has never met the Valar. What exactly is his status? Where (if anywhere) does he fall short of the Calaquendi? If he is one of the Moriquendi, then does he not exist at once in both worlds like Glorfindel and the other High Elves? Is he even considered a High Elf? Does he still possess great power over both the seen and the unseen like the Calaquendi? It certainly appears like he does in the books, but it also doesn't appear to be specifically stated anywhere. I've read through the books multiple times, but it only just hit me recently that Elrond does not seem to meet the criteria for being a High Elf. What category does he fall into exactly? Thanks!