I've been trying to figure out Galadriel's timeline during the Second Age during the War of the Last Alliance-- not easy considering all of Tolkein's information is spotty and conflicting. I was wondering, was Galadriel present in Ost-in-Edhil when Sauron began to siege Eregion in an attempt to reach The Nine in the House of the Mirdain, or had she already gone through Khazad-Dum to Lothlorien to stay under the protection of King Amdir?
Christopher Tolkien raises a problematic question in the middle of Concerning Galadriel And Celeborn: why did Galadriel scorn Annatar? and if she did so because she saw through his disguise, as a leader of the Noldor in Eregion, why would she allow him to stay?
One can always surmize. Pure politics: Galadriel didn't intervene in Eregion because she wanted it destroyed and Lothlorien to become the most powerful Elven realm in Middle-earth.
Not to mention Celebrimbor was still a descendant of Fëanor. Maybe she wanted that line completely eradicated, considering the many horrors they were responsible for - both directly & indirectly. Also, isn't it written somewhere that Celebrimbor was secretly in love with her? That could have added another dimension to the drama.
It says there that it was wrought for her before the Three Rings were forged and when she was in Lorien.
This elfstone was responsible for staying the flow of Time in the land of Lorien before the Ring Nenya came to be hers.
In version A she was said to be dwelling 'under the trees of Greenwood the Great' (in the Third Age here, as she is talking to Gandalf).
Older thread but I'm just noting that I've come to change my mind about this. In The Elessar [A] version where Gandalf visits Galadriel I have earlier concluded that it must be the Third Age, and thus thought it odd that Galadriel should care much for the preservation power of the Elessar jewel in an Age when she can already employ Nenya.
At first I thought this was a mistake by JRRT, then possibly an intended mistake to give weight to the second version of the Elessar history, as both versions are intended to be story internal [in other words, this is not, as in other cases, Tolkien simply changing his mind, but an intended variation within the collected tales that Tolkien has, in theory, translated for the modern reader]...
... but now I think that perhaps Tolkien intended this to be a visit from Olorin, not Gandalf the Istar. In other words, not necessarily in the Third Age, when of course Galadriel can and does employ Nenya for preservation power, notably in Lothlorien.
I never gave much attention before to how much Tolkien employs the name Olorin in this section of the tale, rather than Gandalf, and that his parenthetical reference 'who was known in Middle-earth as Mithrandir' could easily refer to days that followed this visit in history, to days after the Istari came to Middle-earth.
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