**Galadriel breaks character in the Silmarillion**
Galadriel came to Middle-earth to rule a realm of her *own* will.
But that's not really what she does in the Silmarillion. And there is no explanation given in Silm why she didn't establish any realms in FA and SA.
We have to dig up the Unfinished Tales to understand her better.
“...and once she had set foot upon that road of exile she would not relent, but rejected the last message of the Valar, and came under the Doom of Mandos.”
It seems after she heard the Doom of Mandos she knew it wouldn't be wise to establish any realms anymore, but she continued as a rebel anyways, and out of extreme pride she did not return and did not ask for pardon.
This is further supported in a version where Galadriel is not a rebel, but still it gives us some explanation: Galadriel and Celeborn "did not join in the war against Angband, which they judged to be hopeless under the ban of the Valar and without their aid” they thought Morgoth is too powerful and it's not possible to defeat him without the aid of the Valar, unless MAYBE if they build-up power to eastwards.
Before travelling to the East, Galadriel tried to level up herself. She became the chief handmaiden of Melian and learned A LOT from her. Also it is suggested Galadriel often gave Beleg and Mablung a hand: " Galadriel, like all the other names of elvish persons in The Lord of the Rings, is an invention of my own. It is in Sindarin form (see Appendices E and F) and means 'Maiden crowned with gleaming hair'. It is a secondary name given to her in her youth in the far past [by Celeborn in Doriath] because she had long hair which glistened like gold but was also shot with silver. She was then of Amazon disposition and bound up her hair as a crown when taking part in athletic feats." - 348 From a letter to Mrs Catharine Findlay 6 March 1973
Tolkien always uses the word 'Amazon' to describe highly skilled strong female warriors. But we know Galadriel didn't ride to war against the North; this leaves us with Galadriel being a Marchwarden of Doriath. Unfortunately just a bit after Tolkien wrote that letter, he died, he didn't get the chance to write any details about Galadriel as an Amazon of Doriath.
While she was learning and training, she was also active in councils: Galadriel's and Celeborn's "counsel was to withdraw from Beleriand and to build up a power to the eastward (whence they feared that Morgoth would draw reinforcement), befriending and teaching the Dark Elves and Men of those regions. But such a policy having no hope of acceptance among the Elves of Beleriand, Galadriel and Celeborn departed over Ered Lindon before the end of the First Age”
In Silmarillion we see Morgoth is ruining and corrupting the lives of those people of the East.
And eventually, Galadriel established settlements in the East, but not primarily for selfish reasons, she did it to strengthen up the East against Morgoth. But there's no details about this, because Tolkien came up with this idea just few days before he died. He died before he get the chance to write any details about this.
Her reasons to reject the pardon of the Valar in the end of FA:
She loved Middle-earth too much (Silmarillion)
She stayed because of Celeborn who did not wish to depart, and perhaps because she had dreams of adventuring and ruling (Road Goes Ever On And On)
Out of extreme pride she rejected the Pardon of the Valar for all who had fought against Morgoth, and she desired the dominion of Middle-earth (Unfinished Tales, Rebel Galadriel version)
She rejected the pardon of the Valar because... Apparently because she had gained desire to rule (Unfinished Tales, 'Unstained' Galadriel version)
Now as for Second Age, the stories of Galadriel becomes even more vague and more inconsistent. Most of them are not definite. So... Pick your own preferred version:
A- Galadriel stayed in her own settlements and often visited Eregion to help Celebrimbor, and later to oppose Annatar.
1- she stayed in her own settlements even after realizing the danger of
Annatar, and later her settlements got destroyed in the War of the Elves and Sauron.
2- She abandoned her settlements, being wise and all that, she commited them to some trustworthy guys, and she herself went to Lorien to fortify it against Sauron.
B- Galadriel abandoned her own settlements and came to Lindon to rule a city under Gil-Galad until she went to help the Noldor in establishing Eregion and she became the Lady of its capital city under Celebrimbor.
C- Galadriel was the founder of Eregion, and she ruled Eregion until Eregion persuaded by Annatar revolted against her. Celebrimbor became the new Lord of Eregion.
I believe Tolkien was going to go with 'C', if he had come around to write the definite version of Eregion. His only definite words about foundation of Eregion is that it was founded by the Noldor. But who? Which of the Noldor? Celebrimbor was a completed character then, yet Tolkien didn't write his name as the founder of Eregion.
Galadriel is described as equal of Feanor himself in power of command and we expect from the Noldor to follow Galadriel as much as they follow the High King Gil-Galad.
Galadriel's character and her background is very messy. But I think Tolkien gave us enough hints to put together a consistent version of Galadriel.
This kinda makes it more realistic, just like real world history and myths, there's contradicting accounts and there's holes and lost writings.
Tolkien's only 100% definite writing about Galadriel ruling a realm of her own will: “After the disaster in Moria [in the year 1980] and the sorrows of Lórien, which was now left without a ruler (for Amroth was drowned in the sea in the Bay of Belfalas and left no heir), Celeborn and Galadriel returned to Lórien, and were welcomed by the people. There they dwelt while the Third Age lasted, but they took no title of King or Queen; for they said that they were only guardians of this small but fair realm, the last eastward outpost of the Elves.”
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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.
'I pass the test,' she said. `I will diminish, and go into the West and remain Galadriel.'
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
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Finwëan family tree, with textual ghosts added and some of my OC's. Also featuring very basic appearance, gender and sexuality HC's.
If you wanna ask me about my OC's... don't be shy.
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Galadriel by Bitterly-Sweet-Pea
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gaslight, gatekeep, galadriel
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The Lord of the Rings as a Sequel to The Silmarillion (Part 2)
Second piece relating to Tolkien’s statement that “[The Lord of the Rings] is not really a sequel to The Hobbit, but to The Silmarillion.” (First piece is here.)
One of the ways in which The Lord of the Rings can be understood in light of a sequel to The Silmarillion is the way in which so many of its characters serve as bright mirrors to the characters in the Silm, making the right decisions where the others made wrong ones. In some cases this is not intentional on the parts of the characters, simply a symbolic mirroring; but on the parts of Elrond and Galadriel it is very much intentional, learning from their predecessors’ mistakes.
While Elrond is - as many others in famdom have pointed out - a positive mirror of many, many other characters within his biological and adoptive family tree, and has learned from their mistakes (e.g., opposition to oaths in Fellowship of the Ring; lack of possessiveness over family heirlooms in The Hobbit), one in particular stands out: he is who Thingol should have been. In all the instances where Thingol made wrong decisions, Elrond makes right ones. Thingol held himself aloof from most of the non-Sindar of Beleriand, and even from some of the Sindar; to Men and Noldor (okay, it’s fair to qualify that: non-Finarfinian Noldor) alike, Doriath remained an enigma. Elrond in Rivendell actively welcomes any travellers who come, and provides help, shelter, and advice, to the point where it’s widely known as the Last Homely House before the Misty Mountains. There couldn’t be a stronger contrast to Doriath (literal translation: fenced land). Thingol, for most of his reign, deliberately wanted to keep Men out of Doriath; Elrond actively fostered many generations of the Dunedain (and got much better results than was the case with Thingol’s foster-son, perhaps because they were being raised in an environment that was welcoming towards their Mannish heritage rather than hostile or alienating towards it). While Beleriand suffers from a lack or coordination and cooperation, and Doriath does nothing to rectify this, the Council of Elrond provides the groundwork, planning, and discussion that leads to the defeat of Sauron. And, of course, Elrond allows Arwen to choose to marry Aragorn and does not stand in their way.
Galadriel (whose realm, in contrast to Elrond, has a lot in common with Doriath - a queen who’s easily the most powerful enemy of Sauron; isolation from many other realms; an equivalent to the Girdle of Melian; advice and foresight, like Melian’s, despite her insistance that she’s not providing it) likewise shows signs of having learned from the errors of both her Doriathrin and Fëanorian kin. Read what you will into the symbolism of her actively endorsing Aragorn’s relationship with Arwen by giving him an enchanted gemstone. And of her making what is, in effect, a diluted Silmaril in the form of the Phial and giving that away as well. Her refusal of the Ring and the dominion it would bring is, in effect, the final refusal of Fëanor’s stated aim of dominion over Middle-earth. The Fëanorian parallels or anti-parallels are made even stronger by the Mirror of Galadriel, which functions in many ways similar to a palantír. (Realizing that both the Phial and the Mirtor are specifically made using water gives me a better understanding of what makes the Ring of Water the suitable one for her; and in effect she is using Celebrimbor’s gift to continue his work, in using Fëanor’s legacy in a way that benefits others). Given how much Galadriel has lived through and learned, there is little doubt that many of these parallels are intentional on her part. They are likely also intentional on Tolkien’s, who compares and contrasts her with Fëanor in some of the supplementary material.
Aragorn (as noted in the “you, but successful” meme) has certain parallels with Túrin (in addition to the obvious one with Beren): fostered in an elf-kingdom, spends much of his life in exile travelling to different places and fighting evil, has a certain dose of arrogance (note his posturing over Andúril in Rohan), personal enemy of a dark lord. The descriptions of their appearances seem very similar as well. But the contrasts are what makes the difference. Túrin warps the fabric of any place he goes (besides Doriath) into his own likeness: Dor-Cuarthol, Nargothrond, Hithlum, Brethil, all end up shaped and defined by what Túrin thinks is best. Aragorn travels to places, lives in them, and learns from them; in his earlier days in Gondor he leaves after he becomes too prominent as Thorongil, rather than using his prestige as a pathway to the throne; the time isn’t right. He doesn’t focus solely on fighting as Túrin does; he goes off on a lengthy wild-goose-chase after Gollum at Gandalf’s request. When given the choice between accompanying the Ringbearer or going to Gondor to fight, he chooses neither, but instead to throw all his energy into rescuing two hobbits, because (based on his knowledge) the hobbits have no other chance. (Obviously he has the benefit of not being cursed; if he were Túrin, this choice would inevitably have turned out badly.) When he does directly and deliberately pick a fight with Sauron, it’s as a distraction, not with the goal of defeating him through military strength.
 The Northern Sindar of Hithlum and elsewhere; discussed in The Peoples of Middle-earth.
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Gimli .2 seconds after meeting Galadriel
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Happy Mothers Day to all the Grandmothers out there!!!!!
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Spending mothers day with my awesome mom by binge-watching the Lord of the Rings movies. Extended editions. Forgot how good these movies were.
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hmm mixed feelings on some people in the notes of my drawing saying how funny it’d be if legolas was just making things up about the dwarves to tell the other elves. like on the one hand I DO think it’s a funny concept and there’s a lot of comedic potential in only having one source for so much history. but at the same time it’s sort of painful to interpret it that way because how absolutely devastating the idea of being intentionally, permanently misremembered is. like it’s almost worse in a way than being forgotten, because it implies a sort of careless disregard on the part of whoever’s trusted with those memories. but also it’s not like the dwarves really set out to be remembered or even understood in the first place, so maybe they wouldn’t care either way how outsiders choose to see or remember them
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Today we honor the women of (Middle) Earth, including my favorite, Galadriel. How I wish Tolkien had lived long enough to continue the revision of her story!
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Can someone please explain to me why exactly Fëanor asks Galadriel for strands of her hair? I guess it’s just something I never really understood 😂
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Old WIP of Galadriel that I finally bit the bullet and finished
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Galadriel-FanArt by VladislavPantic
“I give you the light of Earendil, our most beloved star.
May it be a light for you in dark places when all other lights go out.”
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Lord of the Rings by https://www.instagram.com/willdreamflyer/
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On two chairs beneath the bole of the tree and canopied by a living bough there sat, side by side, Celeborn and Galadriel. They stood up to greet their guests, after the manner of Elves, even those who were accounted mighty kings. 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 were in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory
a small present for @cantusf, my favorite elf
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every time i watch lord of the rings it gives me so much gay panic
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