19 Oct 04 1:48 PM
Reply To: 31990
Yay for Celeborn! ;)
Re: your second question...
Though Middle-earth lay for the most part in the Sleep of Yavanna, in Beleriand under the power of Melian there was life and joy, and the bright stars shone as silver fires...
--The Silmarillion, Chapter 10 Of the Sindar, The Silmarillion, p. 91
In Beleriand in those days the Elves walked, and the rivers flowed, and the stars shone, and the night-flowers gave forth their scents; and the beauty of Melian was as the noon, and the beauty of Lúthien was as the dawn in spring...
--The Silmarillion, Chapter 10 Of the Sindar, The Silmarillion, p. 95
How they could look like noon or dawn before the sun had risen, I don't know ;) but he does stress the stars a lot. If you can get far enough from civilization, the night sky is amazingly bright and the stars recede infinately. Given how much better Elvish eyesight is, maybe it would be like us looking through a telescope, much brighter and more detailed? Also, since trees, flowers, &c. were adapted for that light level, perhaps elves were too.
As to your third question, the first time we meet Celeborn he is simply called 'kinsman of Thingol' (when Galadriel stays), but after they are wedded, when Nimloth marries, 'Prince of Doriath' has been added. You could take that as an indication that his father or brother had been alive, but then died, promoting Celeborn. That Elwe was still alive seems less likely to me–he should have got some mention, I think, if he had.
As to Lúthien, I don't think canon says yea or nay. Celeborn & kin get strangely little mention in the Silm–Celeborn, despite being 'Prince of Doriath', never actually does anything, or has his whereabouts mentioned. Finwe's grandchildren are close, but they are similar (I guess) in age; Celeborn and Luthien might not be.