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Old 03-19-2003, 09:07 AM   #3
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Iarhen has just left Hobbiton.

I do think that elves grow in power, in general terms, as they grow in wisdom and knowledge. Obviously, in time, elves such as Galadriel increased their power after such a long life in strife. I think that even from the moment where she had to cross the Ice on the North (Helcarxe, whatever its name is) and all the battles shes fought, her might, valour and wisdom increased.

Tolkien says that Galadriel and Feanor were the mightiest and greatest of the Noldor, although Galadriel had more wisdom than Feanor. Her wisdom grants her more power, in all terms. More skills, more prudence to know when, where and how to act, etc.

Her power increases so much over the years, that even when she is tempted by the One Ring, she can resist it's temptation. And the temptation that had it's source on the One Ring comes from the malice of Sauron, a maia. Seeing the big picture, Galadriel was able to resist Sauron's greatest power: temptation because of lust for power. Galadriel overcame his power (the power of a maiar), and remained herself.

That's a big proof for me that Galadriel increased in power over the years. When she was younger, she would have taken it. But the power over herself was enough to resist such a great temptation. And that was thanks to her power and being increasing over the long years that she dwelt on M.E.

[ March 19, 2003: Message edited by: Iarhen ]
"In place of a Dark Lord you will have a Queen! Not dark but beatiful and terrible as the Dawn! Treacherous as the sea! Stronger than the foundations of the Earth! All shall love me and despair!"
--- Galadriel when tempted by the One Ring.
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