Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in Lord of the Rings

The Lady of Lothlorien and Guardian of the Golden Wood (portrayed by Cate Blanchett) is exactly what someone would imagine when thinking about Elven Royalty. From her luminous skin and waterfall of long hair, to her delicate silver crown and gown, Galadriel is grace and beauty personified.

She glides through the

films, gleaming with an otherworldy light, and managing to exude both strength and kindness in equal measure. She does have her one ugly moment, of course, when Frodo offered her the Ring.

Although she was able to refuse, it was only after a moment of darkness, when we saw what would happen if she accepted, when the world of Middle Earth would have her as its new, dark Queen, and “all would love me and despair.”

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