|“||But Elain, the flower-grower, the gentle heart… Nesta would go down swinging for her.||”|
Elain is gentle and kind. She is bit ignorant in the sense she doesn't solve problems herself—e.g Feyre's family is starving but only Feyre does anything about it—but does not mean any harm so no one gets angry with her. Elain is naive, peaceful, and wants to live a happy life.
Moreover, Elain can arguably be considered the 'softest' of her three sisters. She bought Feyre some paints when she had some money leftover—this, and her love of gardening evince a more nurturing personality.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
Elain lives with her father and two sisters, Nesta and Feyre. During this time, Elain mostly tends to her small garden near the front yard of their house. Nesta hopes for Elain to get a good, wealthy husband to save them from poverty. After Feyre leaves with Tamlin, her remaining family is provided for by him.
A Court of Mist and Fury
Elain gets engaged to Graysen, a human man who's father is notorious for his Fae-despising ways. She receives an iron ring as a symbol of their engagement. Feyre returns to the family's new manor with her new friends, her family having regained their wealth thanks to Tamlin's largess. Elain is clearly uncomfortable with the Fae but welcomes them anyway. Later in the book, she is Made into a Fae by Hybern, upon which Lucien discovers that he is her mate.
A Court of Wings and Ruin
In the series' third installment, Elain speaks of seeing things that at the beginning make no sense. But later, as the story advances, she is decreed as a Seer.
When Elain goes to Lord Nolan's residence—along with Feyre, Rhysand, Mor, and Nesta—to ask for sanctuary for any humans that will be evacuating their homes once the wall comes down, she reunites with Graysen, her human fiancé. However, Lord Noland reveals that he knows of Elain's turning and of her matehood with Lucien, a High Lord's son, thanks to Jurian having told him. Elain, still in love with Graysen, had wanted to return to him, but he rejects her. He demands that Elain to take off her iron ring, but she refuses, and Graysen roars at her. Rhys steps in and demands that he let her keep the ring. Graysen becomes unpleasant and declares to Elain that he will not marry her—and that while he will take in whatever people are seeking sanctuary, will not accept her among them. Elain, clearly upset, says nothing, but Nesta steps forward and slaps Graysen in the face, saying that he never deserved her.
Elain and Azriel develop what can assumed to be a friendship, though the details of their relationship as of yet remain ambiguous. At the end of the book, Elain asks Lucien to accompany them back to the Night Court, to which he instantly agrees.
Elain is kind to her sister and grateful for when she provided for the family during hard times. In ACOMAF, Elain welcomes Feyre and her friends into her home, even though she knows that they are Fae.
Elain is on good terms with her sister, Nesta. Nesta is overly protective of Elain and worries about her sanity before she is proclaimed a Seer. It goes without saying that Nesta has a soft spot for Elain—she is even able to reason with Nesta and can persuade her to do things that no one else can.
At the end of ACOMAF, Lucien claims to be Elain's mate after she is Made into a Fae and the mating bond snaps into place. However, she is taken to the Night Court by Rhysand and company before she has a chance to respond. In ACOWAR, Elain meets and has a proper conversation with Lucien whilst at the Night Court. After falling into depression, she talks to Lucien about her engagement and how Graysen's betrayal impacted her family. By the end of the book, Elain is seen asking Lucien to stay at the Night Court, alluding to the reader that their relationship may be further developed in later novellas.
During ACOWAR, Elain and Azriel become intimate friends. He gardens with her and risks life and limb to rescue her from the King of Hybern later in the book. He even lends her "Truth-Teller," which he has never let anyone borrow in his 500+ years of life. This leads some to suspect a romantic relationship forming later on.
- The name, Elain, is of Welsh origin. It means "fawn" in Welsh. 
- A Court of Thorns and Roses (First appearance)
- A Court of Mist and Fury
- Wings and Embers (Mentioned only)
- A Court of Wings and Ruin
- A Court of Frost and Starlight
|Characters||Rhysand · Feyre Archeron · Amren · Morrigan · Cassian · Azriel · Nesta Archeron · Elain Archeron · Lucien Vanserra · Nuala · Cerridwen · Keir · Devlon · Clotho · Madja · Bryaxis · Sevenda · Rita · Thanatos · Thanatos's daughter · Rhysand's father † · Rhysand's mother † · Rhysand's sister † · Enalius|
|Locations||Cesere · Hewn City · Palace of Bone and Salt · Palace of Thread and Jewels · Rainbow of Velaris · Restaurant · Rita's · Sidra River · The Prison · Velaris · Western Isles|