Galadriel is one of the characters from J.R.R. Tolkien. She’s 7000 years old, and she’s the grandmother of Arwen. Galadriel’s saga in the Lord of the Rings trilogy was not too long, but she was given more exposure in The Hobbit and other Tolkien books about Middle Earth. Galadriel continues to be one of the most revered characters in fantasy literature because there’s no one like her. It is said that when Tolkien envisioned Lord of the Rings, she’s the first character ever to inhabit his mind. Galadriel was not, then we know her now. If you read all the Tolkien books, including The Unfinished Tales, you’ll learn that Galadrield evolved in the process. In the First Age, she had brothers, but they perished during the wars.
If you watch the headlines, you will notice the political scare that is looming everywhere. There is fascism and also the virus scare. We don’t know whom or what to trust anymore. Middle Earth might be different from our Earth, but if you think about it, their struggles to fight powerful forces of those hunger for destruction is the same kind of conflict we all have. So yes, her words are relevant more than ever. Her age and moral compass are the kinds we need. In this age of ubiquitous technology, everything seems powerful that we now realize that the world is controlled by those who have power and have access to technology. Magic and technology, they are all the same thing if you think about it. It’s all about power and how people use it to destroy or to build.
Below are quotes from Galadriel. They may be from movies or books. Are they relevant today as when LOTR was first published?
Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair!
Here Galadriel uttered these words when she was presented the one ring by Frodo. She realized that the ring would make her powerful, but it will also make her ruthless. Power is addictive and abusive. Galadriel knows the desire for power, and so she stopped herself. That’s when she conquered the temptation and became a better elf. Do we have the same conviction? Will, we do not buckle under the weight of such ambition? I think our world leaders can learn from Galadriel’s line and realize that no matter how good they are, when power enslaves them, then it destroys their moral compass, turning them into evil men.
May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
This is the line that she utters to Frodo as they start their journey. She’s giving him the crystal light so that in darkness, it may guide them. This is also used in Enya’s May it Be which happens to be the theme for Fellowship of the Rings. This is a compelling statement because sometimes we lose hope amid darkness.
The world has changed. I see it in the water. I feel it in the Earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, For none now live who remembers it.
As a seer, Galadriel sees the future. If you have read the early novels by Tolkien, you’ll discover that Galadriel had seen so many battles. Some are more violent than the present. That is why she remains grounded. She doesn’t let her emotions overrule what she thinks is important.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
As an immortal, Galadriel knows the value of time and how it can take us away from our loved ones.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
The hobbits are small beings that are also lovers of peace. However, their sizes did not prevent them from playing a big part in the story.
The world is indeed full of peril, and in it, there are many dark places; but still, there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.
Hope is a theme that surrounds the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It is also this very thing that helped defeat Sauron.
will not give you counsel, saying do this or do that. For not in doing or contriving, nor in choosing between this course and another, can I avail, but only in knowing what was and is, and in part also what shall be.
Galadriel had seen the rise and fall of great powers due to her immortality. She knew that there are things that could never change, but there are things that can be improved upon.
will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil. And what do you wish?’ he said at last. ‘That what should be shall be,’ she answered.
In the end, we all have to make our decisions. Our deeds are based on our moral compass. When we have a good compass, then the path will lead us to goodness.
On two chairs beneath the bole of the tree and canopied by a living bough there sat, side by side, Celeborn and Galadriel… Very tall they were, and the Lady no less tall than the Lord; and they were grave and beautiful. They were clad wholly in white, and the hair of the Lady was of deep gold, and the hair of the Lord Celeborn was of silver long and bright, but no sign of age was upon them unless it was in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory.
Galadriel believes that everything happens for a reason. Either it will make us stronger or teach us a lesson. That is why even though she is as powerful as she is, she doesn’t want to interfere with fate.
And you, Ringbearer’ she said, turning to Frodo. ‘I come to you last who are not last in my thoughts. For you, I have prepared this.’ She held up a small crystal phial: it glittered as she moved it and rays of white light sprang from her hand. ‘In this phial,’ she said,’ is caught the light of Earendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when the night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Frodo took the phial, and for a moment as it shone between them, he saw her again standing like a queen, great and beautiful.
She gives the gift of light to Frodo, so it will light the dark places during their journeys. Hope is once again one of the strong themes in this story.
Speak no evil of the Lady Galadriel!” said Aragorn sternly. “You know not what you say. There is in her and in this land, no evil unless a man brings it hither himself. Then let him beware!
Galadriel knows the power of greed and vanity. She has conquered this. No one is spared from temptation. But it is up to us to know what is right and wrong.
It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.
As an immortal elf, she knows that darkness will never prevail. That is why she remains optimistic despite the armies of Sauron that are advancing to Lorien.
Such is of the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.
Tyranny is an example of what corrupt power can do to a ruler. This was what Sauron’s ruling was all about. The elves, as enlightened beings, are opposed to any forms of violence and tyranny.
And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for two and a half thousand years, the ring passed out of all knowledge.
She was there when the ring was created, so she knew what it was capable of. People who never learned from history suffered the consequences.
The road goes ever on and on.
One of the challenges of a quest is that it is challenging and also dangerous. But the hobbits had to do this in order to destroy the one ring.
She lifted up her hand, and from the ring that she wore there issued a great light that illuminated her alone and left all else dark. She stood before Frodo seeming now tall beyond measurement and beautiful beyond enduring, terrible and worshipful. Then she let her hand fall, and the light faded, and suddenly she laughed again, and lo! she was shrunken: a slender elf-woman, clad in simple white whose gentle voice was soft and sad.
Galadriel is both powerful and humble. She knows when to use her powers to her advantage, but also knows when to hide them.
A sister they had, Galadriel, most beautiful of all the house of Finwë; her hair was lit with gold as though it had caught in a mesh the radiance of Laurelin.
The story of Galadriel was not fully presented in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but readers of Tolkien’s older books knew she had many colorful stories.
Welcome, Frodo of the Shire… one who has seen the Eye!
When Frodo and his company passed Galadriel’s realm, she already knew their history, for she has the power of vision.
Celeborn is more fixed in his beliefs and methods than Galadriel, which is his failing, perhaps. As a team, they work well, although apparently they only have sex once every 2,000 years or so.
Unlike human beings, elves are more concerned about other things that are beyond human lust. A thousand years to human beings seem to only be a decade to the elves.
The world is indeed full of peril and in it, there are many dark places.
Galadriel, as a seer, knew about Sauron’s evil plot before it became apparent.
And you, Ring-bearer,’ she said, turning to Frodo. ‘I come to you last who are not last in my thoughts. For you, I have prepared this.’ She held up a small crystal phial: it glittered as she moved it, and rays of white light sprang from her hand. ‘In this phial,’ she said, ‘is caught the light of Eärendil’s star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when the night is about you. May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out. Remember Galadriel and her Mirror!’’
Frodo took the phial, and for a moment as it shone between them, he saw her again standing like a queen, great and beautiful.
Galadriel tested herself and won. She knew what the ring would do to her, and so her good side won in the end.
It is said that the skill of the Dwarves is in their hands rather than in their tongues, yet that is not true of Gimli. For none have ever made to me a request so bold and yet so courteous…I do not foretell, for all foretelling is now vain: on the one hand, lies darkness, and on the other only hope. But if hope should not fail, then I say to you, Gimli son of Glóin, that your hands shall flow with gold, and yet over you, gold shall have no dominion.
The dwarves had a long-troubled history with the elves, going back to The Battle of Five Armies. That’s why the Fellowship of the Rings was crucial for the reconciliation of the race of dwarves and elves.
The sound of her footsteps was like a stream falling gently downhill over cool stones in the quiet of the night.
Galadriel is one of the greatest elves that ever lived on Middle earth. Tolkien took Celtic mythology as his inspiration in shaping the world of the elves.
Of the Three Rings that the Elves had preserved unsullied no open word was ever spoken among the Wise, and few even of the Eldar knew where they were bestowed. Yet after the fall of Sauron, their power was ever at work, and where they abode there mirth also dwelt and all things were unstained by the griefs of time. Therefore ere the Third Age was ended the Elves perceived that the Ring of Sapphire was with Elrond, in the fair valley of Rivendell, upon whose house the stars of heaven most brightly shone; whereas the Ring of Adamant was in the Land of Lórien where dwelt the Lady Galadriel.
A queen she was of the woodland Elves, the wife of Celeborn of Doriath, yet she herself was of the Noldor and remembered the Day before days in Valinor, and she was the mightiest and fairest of all the Elves that remained in Middle-earth. But the Red Ring remained hidden until the end, and none save Elrond and Galadriel and Cirdan knew to whom it had been committed.
Thus it was that in two domains the bliss and beauty of the Elves remained still undiminished while that Age endured: in Imladris; and in Lothlórien, the hidden land between Celebrant and Anduin, where the trees bore flowers of gold and no Orc or evil thing dared ever come. Yet many voices were heard among the Elves foreboding that, if Sauron should come again, then either he would find the Ruling Ring that was lost, or at the best his enemies would discover it and destroy it; but in either chance, the powers of the Three must then fail and all things maintained by them must fade, and so the Elves should pass into the twilight and the Dominion of Men begin. And so indeed it has since befallen: the One and the Seven and the Nine are destroyed; and the Three have passed away, and with them the Third Age is ended, and the Tales of the Eldar in Middle-earth draw to then-close.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Silmarillion
This passage depicts the story of the elves and why it is necessary to read beyond the trilogy.
You are wise and fearless and fair, Lady Galadriel,’ said Frodo. ‘I will give you the One Ring, if you ask for it. It is too great a matter for me.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo has big faith in Galadriel’s power, and so she offered her the ring. But Galadriel refused, for she knows that only Frodi has the strength for the task.
in her hand she held a harp, and she sang. Sad and sweet was the sound of her voice in the cool clear air.J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
This is one of the great passages in the book that never got translated into the movie version. Elves were the embodiment of what fairies are in Irish folklore and most of the Celtic mythology.
Galadriel is the ideal image of what an elf is supposed to be. Tolkien was inspired by the stories of Irish fairies, and that’s how he fashioned his elves-from Irish folklore and Celtic mythology. All of these quotes were taken from various sources: from the books, from the movie, and from the internet. It is our hope you get something out of these to inspire you and to strengthen your resolve to be a person of inspiration just like Galadriel.