i shall diminish and go into the west

Types as Lord of the Rings Characters

NOTE: This is a typing based on the movies because I’ve seen them about ten times while I’ve only read the book once.

NOTE 2: Dear Diary, this is the 27382394782th time I’ve found a nice gif of the character I want, put it on the post and then realized it’s a hilarious edit. You Tolkien fandom are some funny folk.


“A red sun rises, blood has been spilled this night.”


“And all that was once great and good in this world will be gone. There won’t be a Shire, Pippin.”


“You must understand, young Hobbit, it takes a long time to say anything in Old Entish. And we never say anything unless it is worth taking a long time to say.”


“Pity? It was pity that stayed Bilbo’s hand. Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo?”


“I miss the Shire. I spent all my life pretending I was off somewhere else. Off with you, on one of your adventures. But my own adventure turned out to be quite different.”


“The closer we are to danger, the farther we are from harm. It’s the last thing he’ll expect.”


“This day does not belong to one man but to all. Let us together rebuild this world that we may share in the days of peace.”


“He has just as much reason to go to war as you do. Why can he not fight for those he loves?”


“Rosie Cotton dancing. She had ribbons in her hair. If ever I were to marry someone, it would have been her. It would have been her.” 


“Where does my allegiance lie if not here? This is the city of the men of Numenor. I would gladly give my life to defend her beauty, her memory, her wisdom…”


“Our people, our people. I would have followed you, my brother… my captain… my king.”


“Give me your name, horse-master, and I shall give you mine.”


“Concealed within his fortress, the lord of Mordor sees all. His gaze pierces cloud, shadow, earth, and flesh. You know of what I speak, Gandalf.”


“The man who can wield the power of this sword can summon to him an army more deadly than any that walks this earth. Put aside the Ranger. Become who you were born to be.”


“I have passed the test. I will diminish, and go into the West, and remain Galadriel.”


“And to that I hold. I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.” 

Galadriel's Temptation

Honestly, I like how Tolkien explained it in the book, so I’m just going to copy that part below:

‘I do not deny that my heart has greatly desired to ask what you offer. For many long years I had pondered what I might do, should the Great Ring come into my hands, and behold! it was brought within my grasp. The evil that was devised long ago works on in many ways, whether Sauron himself stands or falls. Would not that have been a noble deed to set to the credit of his Ring, if I had taken it by force or fear from my guest?

`And now at last it comes. You will give me the Ring freely! In place of the Dark Lord you will set up a Queen. And I shall not be dark, but beautiful and terrible as the Morning and the Night! Fair as the Sea and the Sun and the Snow upon the Mountain! Dreadful as the Storm and the Lightning! Stronger than the foundations of the earth. All shall love me and despair! ’

She lifted up her hand and from the ring that she wore there issued a great light that illuminated her alone and left all else dark. She stood before Frodo seeming now tall beyond measurement, and beautiful beyond enduring, terrible and worshipful. Then she let her hand fall, and the light faded, and suddenly she laughed again, and lo! she was shrunken: a slender elf-woman, clad in simple white, whose gentle voice was soft and sad.

'I pass the test,’ she said. `I will diminish, and go into the West and remain Galadriel.’

Basically, Galadriel’s had a few thousand years to think about what might happen if she ever came to possess the Ring, and she is greatly tempted by Frodo’s offer (probably more so than any of the people that Frodo offered the Ring to.) But, like Gandalf, Galadriel realizes that the Ring would easily corrupt her, so she (very dramatically) describes what she would become with that power (“in place of a Dark Lord you will set up a Queen”, etc.) And, because she’s getting all worked up, her “magical powers” sort of respond in kind, creating the light show that Frodo witnesses.

And, when Galadriel realizes that she’s capable of refusing the Ring, she calms back down, and that’s that.