One of the things that we know is that Galadriel and Elrond are important figures in The Rings of Power. Of course, we met them as members of the White Council during the events of The Lord of the Rings, as they were two of the most powerful and influential elves in Middle-Earth during that era. But while Galadriel was already married to Celeborn during the Third Age, she did look particularly close to Elrond in the first episode of The Rings of Power. So, how is Galadriel and Elrond related, and are they in a relationship?
Galadriel and Elrond are likely close friends in The Rings of Power because we saw that Elrond has a habit of forming close friendships with different people. In Tolkien’s writings, they are second cousins twice removed. Galadriel also became the mother-in-law of Elrond when he married her daughter.
For some people, the close bond that Galadriel and Elrond showed during the events of The Rings of Power may make them think that there is something romantic between them. Nevertheless, that is merely one of the ways that elves treat their fellow elves, especially when they are very close friends. Of course, it would go against canon if Elrond were to have a relationship with Galadriel, who became his daughter’s grandmother.
How Are Galadriel & Elrond Related?
Ever since The Lord of the Rings, the two most powerful elves that fans were introduced to were Galadriel and Elrond. Of course, Elrond was the benevolent leader that we saw fighting alongside Isildur during the battle that ended the Second Age and weakened Sauron. He was also the one who formed the Fellowship of the Ring and hosted the meeting that decided the fate of the One Ring. Meanwhile, Galadriel was the benevolent queen of an elven realm and was the one who helped guide the Fellowship in their journey to destroy the One Ring.
We hardly saw Galadriel and Elrond together during the events of The Lord of the Rings, but they had more screen time together during The Hobbit, as they were two of the most important members of a group called the White Council, which was formed to battle the Necromancer, who was Sauron in disguise. And during The Hobbit, there was a certain level of professional respect between Galadriel and Elrond, who both saw each other as friends and longtime allies.
But while Galadriel and Elrond were allies of one another during the events of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, as they even journeyed to Valinor together at the end of the storyline, not a lot of people know what exactly their relationship is with one another. Of course, Galadriel is older than Elrond, considering that she was born in the Undying Lands. But there is actually a bit of a familiar relationship between them.
Galadriel’s roots can be traced all the way to some of the first High Elves that lived in Valinor. Her grandfather Olwë is actually the brother of Thingol, who is the great-great-grandfather of Elrond. In that regard, Galadriel and Elrond are second cousins twice removed due to the relationship between their ancestors.
Of course, in the storyline, Galadriel went on to marry Celeborn, as the couple had a daughter named Celebrian. Elrond went on to marry Celebrian, and that means that Galadriel became his mother-in-law. And while they were never seen together in the same scene in The Lord of the Rings, Elrond’s daughter Arwen is actually Galadriel’s granddaughter.
We don’t know if this familial relationship between Galadriel and Elrond will be explored during the events of The Rings of Power but what we are sure of is that they are quite friendly with one another. In fact, Elrond repeatedly referred to Galadriel as his friend, as it was clear that he was quite fond of her.
On top of that, the relationship between the two was so strong that Galadriel was able to ask for favors from Elrond. Meanwhile, Elrond was also able to scold Galadriel for her actions regarding her search for Sauron. Only true friends are capable of doing that to one another without ruining the friendship and bond that they have.
Are Galadriel & Elrond In A Relationship?
When we met Elrond in The Rings of Power, one of his servants told him that his friend was already there to meet him. Of course, this friend was Galadriel, who was just in the northern areas of Middle-Earth to search for clues related to Sauron’s whereabouts.
Elrond was particularly excited to see Galadriel once more, as it was clear that they had a strong bond. In fact, Galadriel and Elrond were quite close with one another, such that it did appear that they had something more than just friendship. So, does that mean that Galadriel and Elrond are in a relationship?
As far as the books are concerned, Tolkien never stated anything about Galadriel and Elrond ever being in a relationship with one another. That’s because, again, they are both married to different people. Galadriel married Celeborn quite early, while Elrond actually married the daughter of the couple.
Of course, the series might change this entire dynamic between the two characters but what we saw was that Elrond was someone who was incredibly friendly with a lot of people for a lot of reasons. Galadriel suggested that he had become more of a politician, and that could be the reason why he was quite friendly with different people, which included the likes of Celebimbor and Prince Durin.
In fact, Elrond’s relationship with Prince Durin was actually quite heartwarming and entertaining because it allowed us to see the differences between elves and dwarves. Durin was initially angry at Elrond for not seeing him for 20 years, which Elrond believed was only a blink of an eye but was already an entire life for his dwarven friend. Nevertheless, after they mended their issues with one another, it was clear that they were both quite fond of one another and had a bond that was seemingly similar to the one that Elrond has with Galadriel.
To put it simply, Elrond is an incredibly friendly person who was able to form bonds quickly with different people. That could be the same case with his relationship with Galadriel, especially because they are both elves that fought in the war against Morgoth during the First Age.