May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.
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!
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 remember it.
All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
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.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair!
I 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.
I will not say, do not weep, for not all tears are an evil.
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 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.
And what do you wish?’ he said at last. ‘That what should be shall be,’ she answered.
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 were in the depths of their eyes; for these were keen as lances in the starlight, and yet profound, the wells of deep memory.
It is not despair, for despair is only for those who see the end beyond all doubt. We do not.
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 bring it hither himself. Then let him beware!
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.
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.
I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.
The road goes ever on and on
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.
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.
A wizard is never late, nor is he early, he arrives precisely when he means to.
I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.
The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places.
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.
Then Elrond and Galadriel rode on; for the Third Age was over and the Days of the Rings were passed and an end was come of the story and song of those times.
- Canada, at the moment, is going through a Lord of the Rings moment. Having been a lowly Hobbit with furry feet and fun parties, with fireworks and beer, it has now been handed the Ring of Power: a large supply of fossil fuel, in the form of oil/tar sand and coal. Will it shrivel into an evil RingWraith? Will it become an addicted Golum? Will it refuse the Ring, like Galadriel, fearful of what So Much Power (in both senses of the word) will do to its inner being? Will it try to deal with the Ring responsibly, like Gandalf? Will it side with the Ents?
Galadriel’s Memorable Quotes
10“Do Not Be Afraid, Mithrandir. You Are Not Alone.”
Galadriel makes a brief appearance in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where she’s part of a Council (that also includes Saruman and Elrond) assembled to discuss new dangers in Middle-Earth. After their meeting, Galadriel confronts Gandalf regarding the Dwarves and their quest to retake Erebor, as well as the issue of a certain dangerous relic that seems to have been rediscovered.
She tells him to be careful but then offers him a comforting promise that she’ll be by his side even if worst comes to worst.
9“You Have No Power Here, Servant Of Morgoth! You Are Nameless! Faceless! Formless! Go Back To The Void From Whence You Came!”
In the final installment of the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Gandalf has been imprisoned in Dol Guldur by the Nine Ringwraiths, who are serving an unnamed Necromancer – revealed to be Sauron.
Galadriel, Elrond, and Saruman come to his aid, but they seem almost overtaken by the great power of their foes before Galadriel gets a truly epic moment in which she lashes out full-force at the Necromancer, banishing his spirit to Mordor.
8“The World Is Changed.”
The first line of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, spoken as part of Galadriel’s opening monologue, “The world is changed” acknowledges the strange events that have happened between the First and Third Ages of Middle-Earth.
It’s a great opening line to one of the greatest film franchises ever made, and it perfectly sets the scene for an exciting adventure.
7“But The Hearts Of Men Are Easily Corrupted.”
Galadriel uses this line during her opening monologue in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring to describe why the Ring was never destroyed – even when it fell into the hands of Isildur, who seemed like the perfect person to rid Middle-Earth of its evil influence.
The Ring gives whoever uses it an extremely desirable and completely unique power, and even the most strong-willed can feel burning temptation when they come into contact with it.
6“The Quest Stands Upon The Edge Of A Knife.”
When the Fellowship arrives in Lothlórien minus one wizard, Galadriel fully realizes the sheer enormity of their predicament, warning them to take utmost care in their decisions as if they “stray but at little … it will fall, to the ruin of all.”
While she’s able to give words of encouragement, Galadriel also has a very down-to-earth disposition and will not hesitate to give them the truth if she feels it’s what’s necessary for their quest to succeed.
5“In Place Of A Dark Lord You Would Have A Queen!”
Case in point: even Galadriel was tempted by the Ring’s enormous power. When Frodo “offers it to [her] freely”, she laughs at the thought of just taking it from him before erupting into a creepy speech about how, with the Ring, she would become a Queen “stronger the foundations of the Earth” whom “all shall love … and despair.”
Seconds later, however, she returns to normal, calmly remarking that she “passed the test.”
4“Even The Smallest Person Can Change The Course Of The Future.”
Galadriel recognizes that it is Frodo’s duty to bear the Ring, and thus offers him a word of encouragement when he remarks that he knows “what [he] must do” but he’s “afraid to do it.”
It’s a positive message that anyone can take to heart and a reminder of Frodo’s bravery in becoming the Ring-Bearer.
3“May It Be A Light For You In Dark Places, When All Other Lights Go Out.”
As the Fellowship is departing from Lothlórien, Galadriel offers Frodo a special gift; a crystal vial containing the light of Earendil, which Galadriel describes as “our most beloved star.” It’s another way of reminding him that he has allies in the fight against Mordor.
As would be expected, the vial becomes quite important later; without it, it’s doubtful Frodo would have ever completed his quest.
2“Do We Leave Middle-Earth To Its Fate? Do We Let Them Stand Alone?”
In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, the Elves have basically resigned themselves to the inevitable fall of mankind at the hands of Sauron, departing for the Gray Havens to escape the troubles of Middle-Earth. After Galadriel makes a series of depressing remarks to Elrond, even remarking that “the world will fall”, she has a sudden change of heart, insisting the Elves must do whatever they can and not just “leave Middle-Earth to its fate.”
This encourages the Elves of Lothlórien to fight alongside the Rohirrim at the Battle of Helm’s Deep.
1“The Power Of The Three Rings Has Ended. The Time Has Come … For The Dominion Of Men.”
At the end of The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King, Sauron’s hold over Middle-Earth has finally disappeared and many of the key players in ending his reign are sailing away to rest in the Gray Havens.