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Thoughts on Galadriel

DaughterofLaketown
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Mar 22, 4:28pm


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I have been doing some thinking lately about Galadriel and her husband Celeborn. The relationship is interesting becuase it is a relatively rare one in literature of this type. In many ways both Galadriel, and to use another example, Melian, are almost more of the rulers than there husbands. It is very clear in FoTR in particular that it is Galadriel who rules the realm and her husband serves little other purpose but to act as a consort, and perhaps prove a point widely held during Tolkien's time that all women should be married. Yet for the time in which the book was written it seems really revolutionary if you look at it. It is often the woman in all these stories who is of higher birth than the man, Melian was a Maiar, Galadriel was a Noldor, and Luthien was the daughter of a Maiar. In most of these stories the theme seems to be a woman marrying below her status. (I think I remember reading a thread remarking on this somewhere but I don't remember where.) But roles of women in the position of leadership in these stories are actually not such a modern idea. Celtic myths in particular are full of strong female heroines. Aoife, the warrior lover of Cuchulain, her sister Skatha, and most importantly queen Maeve. Queen Maeve's relationship with her husband Ailill is very similar to the relationship of Galadriel and Celeborn where the male plays a very secondary role to the more powerful woman.
Just some thoughts I've been having.


(This post was edited by DaughterofLaketown on Mar 22, 4:31pm)

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Thoughts on Galadriel DaughterofLaketown Send a private message to DaughterofLaketown Mar 22, 4:28pm
    Ah yes, the ever enigmatic Galadriel demnation Send a private message to demnation Mar 22, 4:42pm
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