Galadriel, the Lady of the Lord of the Rings

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Galadriel, the Lady of the Lord of the Rings

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Galadriel is one of the elves who were born in Valinor (the Undying Lands). Finarfin, her father, was the prince of the Noldor, while her mother Earwen was the princess of the Teleri. Named Narwen and Artanis by har parents, she chose Galadriel, given to her by her husband Celeborn. It means “maiden crowned with a garland of light”. Tolkein said that Galadriel was the greatest of all the Noldor, with the exception of maybe Feanor.

Nevertheless, she is wiser than him, and her wisdom increased even further, thanks to her long years of life. She is renowned throughout the world for her exceptional beauty and her hair is especially praised, being called “golden, touched with silver”. Feanor asked and begged her three times for a strand of her hair, but she refused every time. She instead gave Gimli three strands.

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During the Second Age of Middle Earth, driven by a desire to rule over a land of her own, Galadriel together with Celeborn founded the Kingdom of Eregion, near the western gates of Moria. Here they lived in harmony with the Dwarves and trade was free between the two realms. They later moved over the Misty Mountains and settled in the forest of Lothlorien (The Dreamflower), also called Golden Wood.

They were known simply as Lord and Lady of Lothlorien as they never took on any royal titles. Unlike her husband, she was always committed to keeping good relations with the dwarves. She always looked upon them as a commander, seeing in them the finest warriors against the orcs. When the Fellowship entered her realm, she welcomes Gimli and speaks highly of Moria, using the Khuzdul (Dwarven) language.

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Galadriel bears Nenya, the Ring of Water, one of the three rings given to the elves. While not normally visible, Frodo is however able to see her ring, on the account of being a Ring-bearer himself. Samwise Gamgee tells Galadriel he only “saw a star through your fingers.” The power of this ring lay in the preservation, protection and concealment from evil.

Galadriel used it to protect Lothlorien from the forces of Sauron. After Gandalf battled the Balrog in Moria, he was brought back to life. Galadriel tended to him in Caras Galadhon, and gave him his white robes to signify his new position in the Order of Wizards. Three days after the One Ring was destroyed by Frodo, Sam and Gollum, Galadriel and the elves stormed Dol Guldur where she razed the entire fortress to the ground, officially ending the War of the Ring.