The Encyclopedia of Arda - an interactive guide to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien


About this entry:

  • Updated 6 January 2012
  • Updates planned: 2

Lady of the Wood

A title of Galadriel

A title, apparently a contraction of 'Lady of the Golden Wood', used especially in Rohan, for Galadriel of Lórien. To the Rohirrim, she was a mysterious and perilous power, all but unknown and considered profoundly dangerous, who had dwelt beyond their northern borders since before their realm came into being. Indeed, Galadriel had played her own part in the founding of Rohan: as Eorl and his Riders came south to the aid of Gondor, she sent out a mist across Anduin to hide them from the eyes of Dol Guldur and speed them onwards. Thus they reached the Battle of the Field of Celebrant, saving Gondor from the invading Balchoth. After that victory, they settled in the land that would become known as Rohan.

These events were in the year III 2510, and there are no further records of any contact between the Lady and the Rohirrim after that date. More than five centuries passed between that time and the War of the Ring, so that by the end of the Third Age, the Lady of the Wood had become a mythic figure on the fringes of memory. After the defeat of Sauron, Galadriel came to Minas Tirith and later Edoras, so that many of the Rohirrim saw her then with their own eyes.

For acknowledgements and references, see the Disclaimer & Bibliography page.

Website services kindly sponsored by Axiom Software Ltd.

Original content © copyright Mark Fisher 2012. All rights reserved. For conditions of reuse, see the Site FAQ.