"You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if you only dared. And deep down, you know it too, and that's what scares you the most." - Elena to Celaena Sardothien in Throne of Glass.

 Queen Elena Havilliard (nee Galathynius ) was a demi-Fae, a former princess of Terrasen, and the daughter of Fae king Brannon. She was the wife of Gavin Havilliard, making her the first queen consort of Adarlan. She is the direct ancestor of the members of House Havilliard, at the same time being related to Terrasen's recent royal family, House Galathynius. (See also Elena Havilliard.) 

Appearance and Character

As a half-fae Elena was incredibly beautiful, with fair skin, silver hair and elven, pointy ears. She was said to be brave, willfull and wise, strongly supporting her husband, Gavin, during the war.


Before the Story

Elena was born to a Fae King, Brannon Galathynius, and his wife, Mala Fire-Bringer. During the time of her youth, a war against the Valg King Erawan was fought. Some time before the final battle Elena met and fell in love with Gavin Havilliard, and later married him. She used the Lock to temporarily seal the Valg King under the mountain at Morath. The Lock was later named "The Eye of Elena".

Unfortunately her brave deeds were forgotten, and the queen was usually depicted as a damsel in distress, as stated by her ghost. The tombs of her and her husband are placed beneath the grounds of the Rifthold castle.

Throne of Glass

During Throne of Glass, she returns as a being said not to be either ghost, nor human. The queen helps Celaena and gives her advice since the assassin's first visit in the castle's underground. Eventually she does rescue her from the hands of Cain, during the royal tournament, what almost ends with Sardothien's death. 

Crown of Midnight

Empire of Storms

 Elena appears twice in Empire of Storms, once when summoned and again in the Witch Mirror. Inside the Witch Mirror Manon and Aelin discover the undiluted truth about the battle against Erawan.


  • The name "Elena" is a variant form of Ellen (Helen), meaning "light" or "torch".

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