Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
Editors: B. Mallikarjun, Ph.D.
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         Lakhan Gusain, Ph.D.
         K. Karunakaran, Ph.D.
         Jennifer Marie Bayer, Ph.D.



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The Lord of The Rings : Galadriel, the Light of Middle-Earth

Shobha Ramaswamy, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate

J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel of epic proportions and complexity. It has created a whole new world of Middle-earth, peopled with many races like Elves, Dwarves, Hobbits and Men.

Galadriel, a Central Figure

One of the most numinous of his characters is the Elf Queen Galadriel, who is endowed with feminine mystery and power. She is a Wise Woman' and a Shield Maiden' archetype, along the lines of the Greek goddess of wisdom and war, Athene, and the heroines of Norse legends which Tolkien loved.

Galadriel initiates action, gathering together the White Council to bring about the first defeat of the Dark Lord, Sauron. Galadriel retains the power to read Sauron's thoughts, and is able to hide herself effectively from his powerful Eye. It is with the power of the Elven ring, Nenya, that she keeps alive the beauty of the Golden Wood.

Thus, Galadriel represents the life-sustaining aspect of Earth Mother. Greater in conception than Spenser's Faerie Queene, Gloriana, or Shakespeare's Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Galadriel is the archetypal Magna Mater or Great Mother who presides over the idyllic woodland home of the Elves, Lothlórien.

Mother as a Symbol

Carl Jung regards the Mother as a symbol, whole in itself. "The Mother" is a symbolic personification of qualities like protection, care, sympathy, fertility and fruitfulness. "The qualities associated with it [Mother archetype] are maternal solicitude and sympathy; the magic authority of the female; the wisdom and spiritual exaltation that transcend reason; any helpful instinct or impulses; all that is benign; all that cherishes and sustain, that fosters growth and fertility" (Jung 82).

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Shobha Ramaswamy, M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. Candidate
Post-Graduate Department of English
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Tamilnadu, India

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