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LanguagesSilvan Elvish, Sindarin

The Galadhrim or Tree-people were the Elves, mostly Silvan in origin, who inhabited the woods of Lothlórien.



Some of the Nandor, the Telerin Elves who abandoned the Great March of the Eldar on the eastern side of the Misty Mountains, settled down in the Vales of Anduin and later on established the realms of Mirkwood in the north and Laurelindórenan in the south of Greenwood the Great.

In the beginning the Elves of Lórien were a small and scattered people, but after the War of Wrath at the beginning of the Second Age many of the Sindar of Beleriand migrated eastward. The Silvan Elves of Lórien welcomed them. The coming of the Sindar was a great boost to the power and culture of the Silvan Elves. The Silvan language was replaced by Sindarin.

The arrival of one in particular affected the Nandor of Laurelindórenan: the Sinda Amdír took over Laurelindórenan. Under his leadership the people of Lórien prospered and their numbers grew. Amdir led an army of Galadhrim to the War of the Last Alliance, where most of them, including Amdír himself, were slain in the Battle of Dagorlad.

Around T.A. 1980 with the freeing of the Balrog in Moria many of the Galadhrim fled south to Dol Amroth and sailed over Sea to Valinor. Amroth the son of Amdír grew weary of Middle-earth and wished to sail. But he drowned in the Bay of Belfalas.

In her wisdom Galadriel saw that Lórien would be a stronghold and a point of power to prevent the shadow from crossing the Anduin, for the Galadhrim were hardy and valiant. But they needed a ruler of greater strength and wisdom than they possessed. That is why Galadriel and Celeborn took up their permanent abode in Lórien and its government. Under the leadership of Galadriel and Celeborn the Galadhrim prospered and their skill grew.

The Galadhrim defended their home against orcs, who attacked around the end of the Third Age, just before Sauron was destroyed. The Galadhrim weathered all of the attacks.

With the departure over Sea of Galadriel, most of the Galadhrim went with Celeborn to East Lorien.


The Galadhrim prospered and were instructed under their Sindarin rulers, and afterwards by the their Lord and Lady. They became proficient in making Lembas, Elven rope, Elven-cloaks and many other crafts. They lived in telain built in the trees

They spoke Silvan Elvish, and a dialect of Sindarin.


Galadhrim is a Sindarin name meaning "Tree-people". The name consists of galadh ("tree") + rim(b) ("great number").[1] See also LotR (50th) p. 341.

In the first edition of The Lord of the Rings, Galadhrim was spelt Galadrim. In later editions, this was emended to the former, which Tolkien had decided was the correct Sindarin form.[2]


  1. J.R.R. Tolkien, "Words, Phrases and Passages in Various Tongues in The Lord of the Rings", in Parma Eldalamberon XVII (edited by Christopher Gilson), p. 50
  2. Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull (eds), The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion, p. 305