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Galadriel

GaldrielPlayed by **CATE BLANCHETT**

Galadriel was a royal Elf of both the Noldor and the Teleri, being a grandchild of both King Finwë and King Olwë, and was also close kin of King Ingwë of the Vanyar through her grandmother Indis. Towards the end of her stay in Middle-earth she was co-ruler of Lothlórien along with her husband, Lord Celeborn, and was referred to variously as The Lady of Lórien, The Lady of the Galadhrim, Lady of Light or The Lady of the Wood. She had a daughter Celebrían, making her Elrond’s mother-in-law and Arwen’s grandmother.

Tolkien refers to her as “the mightiest and fairest of all the Elves that remained in Middle-Earth” (after the death of Gil-galad) and the “greatest of elven women”.

After Sauron forged the One Ring, he attacked Eregion and most of its inhabitants were either killed or was forced to leave. The doors of Moria were shut and thus began another period of alienation between the Elves and Dwarves of Middle-earth. Galadriel hid her ring, and she and Celeborn eventually re-settled in Lorien where she passively used the power of her ring to protect that land from the ravages of time and from the attentions of the Enemy.

In response to the threat of the shadow growing in southern Mirkwood, Galadriel first summoned the White Council together in the year 2463 of the Third Age. It can be presumed, therefore, that she was involved in the decision to drive Sauron from Dol Guldur and in the subsequent attempted attack. When the Council failed to capture or destroy Sauron, Galadriel and Celeborn redoubled their watchfulness in Lorien. During the War of the Ring, they gave shelter to the traveling Fellowship, and her gift of the phial to Frodo was instrumental in Frodo and Sam’s escape from Shelob. She also nursed Gandalf back to health after his encounter with the Balrog. After the war, it was Galadriel and her people who finally destroyed the fortress of Dol Guldur.