The Return of the King

The Return of the King

by

J. R. R. Tolkien

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Galadriel Character Analysis

Galadriel is the Lady of Lothlórien and the wife of Celeborn. Her wisdom and beauty are virtually unrivalled, and her gifts to each member of the Fellowship prove useful throughout the novel. She also provides Halbarad with the royal standard of Gondor which he brings to Aragorn, who unfurls it upon his arrival at Minas Tirith as a warning to Mordor. Galadriel’s power is partly tied to one of the Three Rings and begins to dwindle after the destruction of the One Ring, leading to her departure from Middle-earth along with Elrond, Gandalf, Bilbo, and Frodo.

Galadriel Quotes in The Return of the King

The The Return of the King 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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Book 6, Chapter 9 Quotes

“Use all the wits and knowledge you have of your own, Sam,” said Frodo, “and then use the gift to help your work and better it. And use it sparingly. There is not much here, and I expect every grain has a value.”

So Sam planted saplings in all the places where specially beautiful or beloved trees had been destroyed, and he put a grain of the precious dust in the soil at the root of each.

Related Characters: Frodo Baggins (speaker), Samwise Gamgee (Sam), Galadriel
Page Number: 330
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Galadriel Character Timeline in The Return of the King

The timeline below shows where the character Galadriel appears in The Return of the King. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 5, Chapter 2 
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...cloth and asks what it is, to which Halbarad replies that it’s a gift from Galadriel. Aragorn guesses what it is and asks Halbarad to continue carrying it for him. (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 1
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
...that guard the gate and keep out intruders. Sam thinks to use the phial of Galadriel: he holds it up and shows its light and is then able to leap through... (full context)
Expectation vs. Ability Theme Icon
...they find the statues’ resistance impossible to pass. Sam once again shines the phial of Galadriel, and they both cry phrases in Elvish. They stumble past the gate and onto the... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 3
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
...the mountain. He calls for Frodo but hears no answer. He then tries to use Galadriel’s phial, but its light is no match for the oppressive darkness at the heart of... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 5
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...made ready. The Elves arrive, headed by Elladan and Elrohir and joined by others including Galadriel and Elrond. Beside Elrond is Arwen. Frodo exclaims that she, the “Evenstar,” has come to... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 6
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
...their own homelands. Aragorn announces the end of the Fellowship of the Ring at last. Galadriel tells Tree-beard that they won’t meet again, at least not while Middle-earth exists. (full context)
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
Power, Wisdom, and Mercy Theme Icon
...knight of Gondor and might be called to serve again. The hobbits ride with Gandalf, Galadriel, and Celeborn. On their way, they come across Saruman, who looks ragged and old. Gandalf... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...in Rivendell first. After a few more days, they camp for a while so that Galadriel and Celeborn can take their time conversing with Elrond and Gandalf about the past and... (full context)
Book 6, Chapter 9
Hope vs. Despair Theme Icon
War, Greed, and Nature Theme Icon
Sam grieves for the loss of all the trees. He remembers Galadriel’s gift to him: a small box of dust with a seed inside. He sprinkles some... (full context)
Loyalty, Love, and Sacrifice Theme Icon
...song from a group approaching along the road. Sam is surprised to see Elrond and Galadriel in the group. They are each wearing one of the Three Rings. Bilbo follows, riding... (full context)