'Lord of the Rings' Fans Reveal Interesting Theories About Galadriel

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Vote up the most interesting fan theories about Galadriel.

Galadriel is one of the most powerful and mysterious characters in all of Middle-earth, and with her taking a central focus in Amazon Prime's Rings of Power, we're bound to learn much more about her. Until then, these are some of the most interesting fan theories about the character.

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    97 VOTES

    Galadriel's Gift To Gimli Was Very Significant

    From Redditor u/EowynLinhGranger:

    I think Galadriel was being respectful to Gimli. You have to think, that the relationship between Elves and Dwarves isn't great. Also, I don't believe Gimli truly knew what he wanted until the end of their stay. Even if she did know ahead of time, there is a significance in Gimli asking for a strand of her hair and her accepting his request; that goes back to the Elder Days where she did not let one of her own people have a strand of her hair because he wanted it for greed. So by him (a Dwarf - known to the Elves as being greedy) asking for a single hair and receiving three, it creates an unprecedented situation that breaks from the traditional tensions between the races. 

    97 votes
  • 2
    60 VOTES

    Galadriel And Gandalf Work To Heal Elrond After The Ring Is Destroyed

    From Redditor u/Horacecrumplewart:

    After Aragorn’s wedding the Hobbits, Gandalf, Galadriel, and Elrond travel together for a while as they head home. At night, after the Hobbits had fallen asleep, it says in the book Gandalf, Galadriel and Elrond sat around and -essentially- communicated telepathically, without words.

    I was imagining this once after having read a post about how Elrond had suffered so much loss. So here he is, having just given away his beloved daughter to his beloved ward Aragorn, knowing she will die so soon. His ring of power is extinguished. He’s also losing Rivendell, and soon he’ll be leaving Middle Earth and throwing himself on the mercy of the Valar, which he might be a bit nervous about.

    I imagine that Gandalf and Galadriel are helping the great healer to heal himself, to accept the end of his mission on Middle Earth. I like the thought of Elrond finding peace on those nights, surrounded by snoring Hobbits.

    60 votes
  • 3
    54 VOTES

    Galadriel Is Arwen's Grandma

    From Redditor u/EyeceEyeceBaby:

    Additionally, among the Noldor, it's tradition for the bride's mother to give a jewel to the groom, and for the groom's father to give a similar gift to the bride. This is why Galadriel gives Aragorn the Elessar when the Fellowship passes through Lothlórien. As Arwen's maternal grandmother, she was standing in place of her daughter (who had sailed West), and gave Aragorn the traditional bridal gift of a jewel.

    54 votes
  • 4
    65 VOTES

    Galadriel Leaving Middle-earth Was The End Of Magic In The Land

    From a former Redditor:

    Apparently, by the end of LoTR, she was forgiven and her ban was lifted, because she was allowed to sail into the west with Gandalf and Frodo.

    That departure at the end of LoTR is extraordinarily moving and powerful, especially after reading the Silmarillion and the histories. It's really the departure of ‘magic’ from the world, and the end of the age of myth. They are sailing to a place beyond the reach of anyone who will ever live, until the final end of the world.

    Lothlorien will fade into... I don't know, regular woods or something, maybe with a little bit of an ‘enchanted’ or ‘Elvish’ feeling. Whatever elves are left will fade and become nothing, or maybe something invisible to men, diffuse spirits out of time...

    The end of LoTR is really the end of Wizards, Elves, and mythic powers, with the possible exception of old Tom Bombadil. From here on out, it is the age of mortal men, the age we live in still.

    Galadriel was one of the first, and was the last, who kept the magic of the undying alive in Middle-earth.

    65 votes
  • 5
    77 VOTES

    Galadriel Saw How Important Sam Was Going To Be To Frodo's Success

    From Redditor u/Mojomaximus:

    So in The Fellowship of the Ring when Galadriel is greeting the Fellowship, while also telepathically talking to Frodo, one of the statements she makes, paraphrased is that the journey has hope as long as Frodo's company is true, and while she says this the screen is looking at Samwise. Note that she also correctly warns Frodo that in the future Boromir would try to steal the ring. So, I believe that Galadriel foresaw a future point that was a major tipping point of the journey and if Sam was not there they would fail. That point is in The Two Towers after Frodo, Sam, and Smeagol are captured by Faramir and his forces of Gondor. Once Faramir learns Frodo carries the ring he is insistent on bringing Frodo and the Ring to Gondor to present to his father. Right when he is giving the command to leave they are attacked by the forces of Mordor and the one Nazgul riding the dragon-esque beast. Once they fight back the attack Faramir once again goes to take the Hobbits, but Sam snaps and yells at Faramir (brother of Boromir) that Boromir died because he tried to kill Frodo and take the Ring from him after swearing an oath to protect him (the truth of that statement is iffy at best I think because Boromir died defending Merry and Pippin but the point remains) and then Sam tells Faramir that they are going to Mordor to destroy the Ring. This outburst from Sam convinces Faramir to let them leave. If Sam was not present I think it is safe to say that Faramir would have taken Frodo to Gondor and given the ring to his father (who is already a vile person) and caused the downfall of men, and thus causing them to lose the battle against Mordor and Sauron.

    77 votes
  • 6
    47 VOTES

    Galadriel Will Have Flashbacks To The First Age

    From Redditor u/Orochimaru27:

    If you dont want to be spoiled about Silmarillion stop reading.

    So I have this feeling that in this image the dead Elves (can be humans of course) are in the water. First, I was thinking is this The Fall Of Numenor? But that can't be in the first season? So I was thinking this might be a flashback from the first kinslaying between Elves. More precisely, when Feanor killed the Teleri and took their boat to follow Morgoth to Beleriand to pursue Morgoth and the Silmarills? Maybe that is what Galadriel means when she tall about how she has seen things.

    I reckon there will be some flashbacks from the First Age, so this could be one of them.

    47 votes