The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

by

J.R.R. Tolkien

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A wise and seemingly ageless elf who rules over the elf-forest of Lothlórien alongside her husband, Celeborn. Galadriel possesses the powerful elven ring of power, Nenya, which likely contributes to her ability to maintain the timeless forests of Lórien. She resists the temptation of the One Ring when Frodo offers it to her. She sees past, present, and future visions in her mirror.

Galadriel Quotes in The Fellowship of the Ring

The The Fellowship of the Ring quotes below are all either spoken by Galadriel or refer to Galadriel. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Random House edition of The Fellowship of the Ring published in 1954.
Book 2, Chapter 6 Quotes

"And now we must enter the Golden Wood, you say. But of that perilous land we have heard in Gondor, and it is said that few come out who once go in; and of that few none have escaped unscathed."

"Say not unscathed, but if you say unchanged, then maybe you will speak the truth," said Aragorn. "But lore wanes in Gondor, Boromir, if in the city of those who once were wise they now speak evil of Lothlórien [...] only evil need fear it, or those who bring some evil with them.”

Related Characters: Aragorn / Strider (speaker), Boromir (speaker), Galadriel
Page Number: 329
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Book 2, Chapter 7 Quotes

“Many things I can command the Mirror to reveal,” she answered, “and to some I can show what they desire to see. But the Mirror will also show things unbidden, and those are often stranger and more profitable than things which we wish to behold. What you will see, if you leave the Mirror free to work, I cannot tell. For it shows things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be. But which is it that he sees, even the wisest cannot always tell. Do you wish to look?”

Related Characters: Galadriel (speaker), Frodo Baggins, Samwise (Sam) Gamgee
Related Symbols: The Mirror of Galadriel
Page Number: 352
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“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.”

[…] 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.”

Related Characters: Frodo Baggins (speaker), Galadriel (speaker)
Related Symbols: The One Ring
Page Number: 357
Explanation and Analysis:
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Book 2, Chapter 8 Quotes

Then the Lady unbraided one of her long tresses, and cut off three golden hairs, and laid them in Gimli’s hand. “These words shall go with the gift,” she said. “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.”

Related Characters: Galadriel (speaker), Legolas Greenleaf, Gimli
Page Number: 367
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The travellers sat still without moving or speaking. On the green bank near to the very point of the Tongue the Lady Galadriel stood alone and silent. As they passed her they turned and their eyes watched her slowly floating away from them. For so it seemed to them: Lórien was slipping backward, like a bright ship masted with enchanted trees, sailing on to forgotten shores, while they sat helpless upon the margin of the grey and leafless world.

Page Number: 367
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Galadriel Character Timeline in The Fellowship of the Ring

The timeline below shows where the character Galadriel appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 7
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...to gaze in awe at the wondrous treescapes as they meet Lothlórien’s rulers, Celeborn and Galadriel. The Lord and Lady of Lórien seem ancient, fair, and wise to all their guests,... (full context)
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...days to craft a song that memorializes Gandalf. Also of note is the day that Galadriel shows Frodo and Sam her Mirror. The Lady of Lórien uses this magical basin filled... (full context)
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Through her powers, Galadriel has also experienced the visions Frodo has seen. She comforts the Ring-bearer against the seemingly... (full context)
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Frodo is so awed by Galadriel’s power and wisdom that he offers her the Ring, feeling that she is more appropriate... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 8
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...and quiver of arrows for Legolas; and a box of magic Lórien earth for Sam. Galadriel then asks Gimli what he would request of the Lord and Lady. Having grown to... (full context)