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Galadriel relies heavily on her intuition and what she foresees into the future – beyond her skills with Nenya, her ring of power. She sees through Gandalf’s façade at the White Council and correctly suspects he stalled for time to allow the dwarves time to escape Rivendell. She senses a “shadow and a threat” growing in Mordor, and anticipates and provides for each hobbit what they will need on their journey (for Merry and Pippin: identifiable daggers whose sheaths will lead Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn into Fangorn; for Sam, elven-rope that unties itself; for Frodo, the light of their “most beloved star” to ward off Shelob). She remains speculative on the future for Gandalf (“Needless were none of his deeds in life, we do not yet know his full purpose”) and encourages Elrond to send reinforcements to Helm’s Deep for the greater good of humanity, even though the elves will soon leave these shores (“Should we let them stand alone?”). Her morality is not focused on what is best for herself, but in looking after the greater interests of the inhabitants of Middle-earth. She believes it is morally wrong to let humans and hobbits and other creatures fall prey to evil, where the Elves could have intervened; that it is upon them to do one last good act, even if it means their death, before they leave Middle-earth. She reads and gives insights into the emotions of the Fellowship, offering each in turn words intended to condemn or encourage them toward their better self. Galadriel has a gentle and generous nature, but is also determined not to fall to evil, for the harm she might inflict upon the world. She can be wise and sensitive, but also withdrawn and fierce. She believes in her own conclusions and attempts to gently persuade others to agree with her. She even tells Aragorn she has no gift to give him which can match that of the Evenstar, and that she fears its loss will cause her granddaughter to “fade” – a subtle moral judgment intended to make him question their bond to each other.

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Galadriel speaks in moral terms, urging Elrond to do what is right for the fate of all, but also governing herself. She welcomes the Ringbearer to her woods by reminding him that he “brings a great evil here.” She allows herself to be tempted by the Ring (“long have I desired this”) in order to defeat it; she sees what she could be, a great and terrible queen, stronger than the foundations of the earth, one to whom all people bow in submission, and has the moral fortitude to reject it, in favor of being herself, “I will diminish and go into the West,” she says with a grateful sigh, “and remain Galadriel.” She welcomes the pure in spirit, such as Sam, and comforts Gollum in his grief for Gandalf, but is cold to Boromir – warning him that his city will fall and his people fail, if he falls prey to temptation. Galadriel is an idealist, who does not over-extend herself, who remains peaceful, tranquil, and calm, and who uses gentle methods of persuasion to convince others to do what is right.