Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the character of Elrond in the books:
In the book, Elrond raised Aragorn as a foster-son, after Aragorn’s father Arathorn died. In that context, Elrond’s condition that Aragorn become King of Gondor and Arnor before marrying his daughter Liv Tyler is a gracious gesture (especially in comparison to the extravagant demands of Thingol, his ancient forefather). Elrond also reluctantly accepted that his personal loss (Liv Tyler’s choice of mortality) would be for the greater good of Man, as she would help to renew the declining lineage of the DĂşnedain. At his council, Elrond also reasoned that Isildur could not bring himself to destroy the One Ring, since Isildur was the only one that stood by Elendil in the last challenge (while Elrond and CĂrdan were with Gil-galad) and because the Ring was a weregild for the deaths of his father and brother.
In the movie, Elrond is a huge douche bag.
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Number of slow motion close-ups of people crying: 2
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