A timeline of Galadriel's life, attempting to be as canonical as possible.
First Age -
Second Age -
The Aman dates are taken from the "Annals of Aman" in Morgoth's Ring
. They are somewhat questionable, but are at the very least better than question marks.
1230 of the Trees
Finarfin is born in Eldamar
Finarfin and Eärwen marry, with a great feast in Alqualondë.
Galadriel is born in Eldamar.
In the aftermath of the destruction of the Two Trees, Fëanor gives his fateful speech to the people of Tirion, persuading them to rebel against the Valar and leave Middle-earth. Galadriel takes an active part in the rebellion, "the only woman of the Noldor to stand that day tall and valiant among the contending princes" (Silm). While she does not sympathize with Fëanor's grudge against the Valar, she is eager to see Middle-earth and rule her own land.
The Fëanoreans seize the ships of the Teleri, and the first Kinslaying occurs. Galadriel does not fight against the Teleri, her kin, and is said to take up arms to defend them.
In the aftermath of the Kinslaying, Mandos curses the Noldor and exiles them. Some of the Noldor, including Finarfin, return and are pardoned, but Galadriel does not turn back. Fëanor and his followers cross the Sea and burn the ships of the Teleri.
The Noldor embark on the crossing of the Helcaraxë. Galadriel is one of the leaders of the journey.
The First Age
These dates are all from the "Grey Annals" in The War of the Jewels
. Probably just as problematic as Aman dates.
The followers of Fingolfin enter Middle-earth, even as the moon rises for the first time.
The Noldor first settle by Lake Mithrim.
Soon, the children of Finarfin are invited to visit Doriath as kin of King Thingol. There Galadriel meets Celeborn. They fall in love, and marry before the end of the First Age.
Galadriel and Finrod are guests in Doriath for much of this year. Finrod departs in order to start construction of Nargothrond, but Galadriel stays, residing with Queen Melian who she has befriended. Melian shares her wisdom and knowledge of Middle-earth with Galadriel.
With prompting, Galadriel reveals to Melian that the Noldor are not messengers from the Valar as they first claimed, although Galadriel omits mention of the Oath of Fëanor and his sons, the Kinslaying, and the burning of the Teleri ships. Melian shares this information with Thingol.
Círdan tells Thingol the truth about the events that brought the Noldor to Middle-earth. Thingol is angry, but agrees to pardon Finrod's and Fingolfin's kin. The use of Quenya is banned, and Galadriel's brothers, who are visiting Doriath, are asked to leave for a time.
The children of Finarfin have a feast in Nargothrond, and Galadriel goes to dwell there for a time. During this stay, Galadriel asks Finrod why he is unmarried, and he makes the foreboding pronouncement that he will "go into darkness" because of an oath of his own, and leave nothing that a son might inherit.
The Dagor Bragollach. Angrod and Aegnor are killed.
The beginning of the quest of Beren and Lúthien. Finrod leaves Nargothrond and accompanies Beren on his quest, repaying his debt to the house of Barahir. He and Beren are captured by Sauron, and he dies there, saving Beren's life in the process. Orodreth, initially made steward, becomes king of Nargothrond.
The Nirnaeth Arnoediad.
Nargothrond falls. Orodreth and his daughter Finduilas are killed.
Doriath falls. Celeborn and Galadriel probably flee to the Mouth of Sirion with Elwing and the other survivors.
At the end of the First Age, most of the Noldor are allowed to return to Aman. However, as one of the leaders of the Rebellion, Galadriel is not permitted to return, nor does she does seek pardon.
The Second Age
The whereabouts of Galadriel and Celeborn during the Second Age are mysterious at best, and confusingly contradictory at worst. The following timeline attempts to summarize their history as reflected by published canon, but it is by no means definitive. For one thing, there are many events described in early writings which were neither actively retained nor rejected later on, and their canonicity is dubious. For more information about variants of their history, see the essay on alternate versions.
beginning of the S.A.
Galadriel and Celeborn live in Lindon south of the Lune for a time, probably a fief under Celeborn's rule.
Celeborn and Galadriel pass over the Ered Luin and help establish the realm of Eregion, of which Ost-in-Edhil is the main settlement. It is unclear if they or Celebrimbor are rulers of the land. Many Noldor and some Sindar settle with them.
between 750 and 1200
Galadriel possibly comes into contact with the land of Lórinand (an older name for Lórien).
between 750 and 1200
According to one version of the history of the Elessar, Celebrimbor and Galadriel meet and speak of Galadriel's grief at the fading of Middle-earth. Celebrimbor, out of love for her, makes a second Elessar for her. After this history was written, Tolkien rewrote Celebrimbor's backstory, making some of the details uncanonical.
Galadriel meets with King Aldarion of Númenor during his travels to Middle-earth, at Tharbad, a settlement south-west of Eregion.
Sauron, under the guise of Annatar, an emissary from the Valar, settles in Eregion. He befriends Celebrimbor and instructs the Gwaith-i-Mírdain in his arts. Assuming Galadriel is a ruler of Eregion at this time, Sauron perceives her to be his greatest threat and attempts to placate her, as she does not trust him.
between 1350 and 1400
If Galadriel and Celeborn are indeed the rulers of Eregion, Sauron persuades the Gwaith-i-Mírdain to revolt against their rule at this time. Celebrimbor becomes Eregion's new leader.
The forging of the Rings of Power begins. Soon after the process starts, Sauron departs from Eregion.
The Rings of Power are completed.
Sauron forges the One Ring. Celebrimbor knows he has been betrayed.
The Three Rings are hidden; at this point Galadriel probably receives Nenya.
Sauron's forces attack Eregion. Gil-galad sends Elrond to defend it. Celeborn is probably involved in the defense.
Eregion is destroyed. Many Noldorin refugees pass through Khazad-dûm to Lórien. Celeborn goes with them. fortifying Lórien against Sauron. Galadriel possibly accompanies him, and if so, they remain there together for many years.
Sauron is temporarily defeated and retreats to Mordor. If Galadriel did not accompany Celeborn to Lórien, she went to Lindon, and at this time Celeborn rejoins her there.
"some time later"
Galadriel, Celeborn, and Celebrían possibly go to live in Belfalas, at the place later called Dol Amroth.
The Last Alliance is formed. We can assume that Celeborn fights in it.
Sauron is defeated by the Last Alliance.
Elrond and Celebrían marry. Galadriel and Celeborn may or may not be living in Imladris at this point, although the former would seem logical.
Elladan and Elrohir, sons of Celebrían and Elrond, are born.
Arwen, daughter of Celebrían and Elrond, is born.
The "Wise" of Middle-earth discover a stronghold at Dol Guldur. They believe its ruler to be one of the Nazgûl. Alarmed by this development, Galadriel and Celeborn go to dwell in Lórien. They journey throughout Rhovanion, hoping to apprehend the coming evil. Eventually, they feel their work is finished, and go to live in Imladris with Elrond and Celebrían for many years.
Amroth, king of Lórien, and Nimrodel are lost. Galadriel and Celeborn return to Lórien to become its rulers and guardians (but never monarchs).
Galadriel summons the first White Council; her husband may or may not attend. Galadriel wants Gandalf to head the Council, but he bows to Saruman's authority.
A white mist from the Golden Wood hides the men of Eorl, first king of Rohan, as they travel past Dol Guldur: a token of the good will of Galadriel.
Celebrían is waylaid by Orcs on the Redhorn Pass on her way to Lórien. She is captured and tortured, and receives a poisonous wound. Her sons rescue her and Elrond heals her, but Celebrían loses all desire to remain in Middle-earth.
Celebrían sails to the West.
During this time, invasions of Orcs into Eriador prompt Elladan and Elrohir to fight alongside the Dúnedain.
The White Council meets in Imladris. Gandalf proposes an attack on Dol Guldur, but Saruman overrules him.
The White Council meets. Gandalf is especially concerned about Dol Guldur, fearing that Lórien will be attacked. An attack on Dol Guldur is agreed on, but Sauron abandons this outpost before they can act.
-Arwen visits Lórien often, notably residing there from 2933
(or earlier) to 2951
, at which point she returns to Imladris and first meets Aragorn.
The White Council meets for the last time. The fate of the Ring is discussed, and Saruman pretends to be certain that it has perished in the Sea.
Arwen is again in Lórien. Aragorn halts there on his way to Imladris, admitted to the land by Galadriel, and stays there for a season. He and Arwen meet again and plight their troth on Cerin Amroth.
Elrond asks Arwen to leave Lórien and return to Imladris due to the growing danger in the East.
Months and days given according to the Shire Calendar.
Jul. 22, 3018
The Nazgûl, searching for the Ring, avoid Lórien for fear of the power of Nenya.
Jan. 17, 3019
The Fellowship of the Ring arrives in Caras Galadhon.
Feb. 14, 3019
Frodo and Sam look into the Mirror of Galadriel.
Feb. 16, 3019
The Fellowship leaves Lórien.
Feb. 17, 3019
Gandalf, newly alive after his encounter with the Balrog, is brought to Lórien by Gwaihir.
Mar. 11, 3019
Assault on Lórien by Dol Guldur.
Mar. 15, 3019
Second assault on Lórien.
Mar. 22, 3019
Third assault on Lórien. These assaults cause harm to the borders of the land, but all three are driven back.
Mar. 28, 3019
The host of Lórien begins its destruction of Dol Guldur, Galadriel "throwing down its walls and laying bare its pits."
April 6, 3019
Celeborn and Thranduil meet in Mirkwood and rename it Eryn Lasgalen, the Forest of Greenleaves. Celeborn takes the southern wood beneath the Narrows and names it East Lórien.
May 20, 3019
Elrond and Arwen arrive in Lórien en route to Aragorn and Arwen's wedding.
May 27, 3019
Arwen, Elrond, Galadriel, Celeborn, and the other wedding guests leave Lórien.
Mid-year's Day, 3019
Arwen and Aragorn marry in Gondor.
Aug. 28, 3019
The wedding guests meet Saruman on their way home.
Sept. 21, 3019
Galadriel and Celeborn part from the rest of the
company, with a solemn farewell to Treebeard, and return to Lórien.
Sept. 22, 3021
Galadriel, Elrond, Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam meet in Woody End.
Sept. 29, 3021
The Ringbearers go over Sea, to take up residence in Tol Eressëa.
After a time, Celeborn goes to Imladris to join Elrohir and Elladan. Meanwhile, Lórien fades, with few Elves still living there. There is no record of when Celeborn sails to the West, only that Tolkien's words on the subject are fairly affirmative.
- alternate versions