Lady Galadriel

Lady Galadriel

Daughter of Finarfin and Eärwen, and sister to Finrod Felagund. Because of her involvement in the rebellion of the Noldor against the Valar, she was exiled to remain in Middle-earth until such time that she was allowed to return to Aman.

During the First Age she met and wedded Celeborn of Doriath and remained with him in Middle-earth when most of her people were allowed to return to Aman. She herself was allowed to return but proudly refused and thus was not allowed to return to Aman until much later.

In the Third Age, Galadriel and Celeborn traveled to Lothlórien and there created a beautiful realm with the Wood-elves of that region. The Golden Wood, as Lothlórien became known, became a mighty, secret realm. So secret was this realm that elves from outside Lothlórien's borders could not find it unless guided by one of Lothlórien's own.

Nenya the Ring of AdamentGaladriel bears Nenya, the Ring of Adamant, one of the elven rings of power. It is also known as the Ring of Water.

During the Third Age, Galadriel allowed passage through Lothlórien to the Fellowship of the Ring. It is here that Frodo gazes into the mirror of Galadriel and also offers freely to her the One Ring. Although deep inside she has always dreamed of possessing it, she refuses and thus is allowed once again to return to Aman. When the Fellowship leaves Lothlórien, she presents each with a gift. The greatest of these gifts is that of a phial containing the light of Eärendil, the beloved star of the Elves, which she presented to Frodo to "light the darkest places when all other lights go out."

At the end of the Third Age, after the War of the Ring, Galadriel returns to Aman with Elrond, Gandalf, Bilbo, and Frodo.

Fast Facts

Basics

Birth unknown, but sometime during the Years of the Trees (YT).
Sailed into the West TA 3021

Divisions

Resided

  • Aman (Years of the Trees)
  • Crossed the Helcaraxë into Middle-earth FA 1
  • Doriath, Beleriand (FA 52 - FA 509)
  • Arvernien (FA 509 - FA590)
  • Harlond, Lindon (SA 1 - Unknown)
  • Lothlórien (TA 1981 - TA 3021)

Family

Parents

  • Finarfin (father)
  • Eärwen (mother)

Siblings

  • Finrod (brother)
  • Orodreth (brother)
  • Angrod (brother)
  • Aegnor (brother)

Spouse and children

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