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Galadriel (Character)
from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

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Galadriel is a Noldorin princess, the daughter of Finarfin. She was the co-ruler and Lady of Lothlrien along with her husband, Lord Celeborn. Neither she nor Celeborn took royal titles as they saw themselves as guardians of Lothlorien. Galadriel was the only daughter and youngest child of Finarfin, prince of the oldor and of Erwen, whose cousin was Lthien. Her elder brothers were Finrod Felagund, Angrod, and Aegnor. Galadriel was a niece of Fanor, one of the most important elves of the First Age.

In Middle-earth she dwealt with Finrod on Tol Sirion, but when her brother moved to Nargothrond, she went to Doriath, where she married Celeborn and was instructed in wisdom by Melian. She had one child, Celebrian. At the fall of Doriath she probably fled to Arvernien or the Mouths of Sirion. Galadriel was the only leader of the revolting Noldor to survive the Wars of Beleriand, and thus at the end of the First Age the ban of the Valar on her return to Valinor still remained.

In the Second Age, Galadriel dwelt for a time in Lindon and Eregion (until its destruction by Sauron), and then became ruler of Lorien, which she made on the model of Doriath and the Girdle of Melian and sustained with the aid of her own power and that of Nenya, one of the Three Rings, which was given to her at its making. Throughout the Second and Third Ages Lorien remained safe from Sauron, for Galadriel's power was such that she knew his mind but hers was closed to him, and she could protect Lorien from assault by any power less than Sauron himself.

During the War of the Ring, Galadriel gave shelter and great gifts to the Companions of the Ring, and she refused the One Ring when it was offered to her by Frodo. Because of this, and because of her endless opposition to Sauron, at the end of the Third Age the Valar permitted her to return to Valinor. Galadriel fulfilled her age-old desire in Third Age 3021, when she went over Sea with the Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings.

Galadriel was very tall and the greatest beauty of the house of Finwe; she had the golden hair of her mother's kindred.

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