'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Did Galadriel help the alliance defeat Morgoth in War of Wrath?

Galadriel is one of the greatest elven warriors in the history of Middle Earth, but was she a part of the War of Wrath?

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Did Galadriel help the alliance defeat Morgoth in War of Wrath?
Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in 'Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power' (IMDb)
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If you are a fan of the 'Middle Earth' saga, then you know the significance of War of Wrath. Known as the Great Battle, the War of Wrath was fought between the alliance (Elves, Men, and Valar) and Morgoth which marked the conclusion of the First Age and Morgoth’s rule in Middle Earth. As per Tolkien, the War of Wrath was the largest battle of the first age and resulted in the expulsion of Morgoth from Arda. The Great Battle was not covered extensively in the first two episodes of the ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’.

That doesn’t mean, it was not featured at all. In the earlier scenes of the first episodes, we saw Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) on the battlefield along with the dead bodies of everyone who lost their lives during the battle. In another glimpse, we saw Galadriel’s brother Finrod going against the army of Morgoth during the battle and losing his life. A few moments later, we see Galadriel swiftly killing a giant Orc and as soon as you see this, you realize why Galadriel wasn’t in the War of Wrath. If she is called one of the greatest Elven warriors, why she didn’t help the alliance in finishing the war?

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Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)

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There’s a very strong reason for that and Tolkien mentions that in the books as well.

The author of the Middle Earth saga noted that Galadriel didn’t fight the War of Wrath because she didn’t feel that Morgoth could be defeated without the help of the Valar. Although the show didn’t mention the reason why she never fought, the books revealed that she and her husband Celeborn believed that the alliance will lose the war because Valar was initially not part of the alliance. After losing the battle against Morgoth initially, the alliance of Men, Elves, and Dwarves believed that they would need the help of Valar if they need to have Morgoth out of Middle Earth.

The war lasted for almost 40 years and Valar managed to destroy the Orc enemies as well as most of the Morgoths.

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Martin Csokas as Celeborn and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in 'Lord of the Rings' (New Line Cinema)
Martin Csokas as Celeborn and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in 'Lord of the Rings' (New Line Cinema)

So, Galadriel and her husband were right in saying that the war couldn’t have been won against Valar and they didn’t want to be a part of a war that they know they are going to lose.

However, the show has already changed one of the things that happened after the war. After the War of Wrath, Galadriel stayed in Middle Earth because of her love for Celeborn. But in ‘The Rings of Power’, the reason for Galadriel’s stay in the region is different. As per the show, Galadriel wants to avenge his brother’s death that took place during the war and it was Sauron who killed him. So, she promises to kill the Dark Lord and until then, she will remain a part of Middle Earth. That’s why she jumps off the ship that was going to Valinor and resumed her pursuit.

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Galadriel mourns the loss of Finrod (Amazon Studios)
Galadriel mourns the loss of Finrod (Amazon Studios)

Maybe this clears the confusion that people have around Galadriel’s involvement in the War of Wrath. 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' returns to Amazon Prime Video with a new episode every Friday at 12 am EST. 

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