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The History of Galadriel and Celeborn

Unfinished Tales
of Númenor and Middle-earth
Part One: The First Age
Part Two: The Second Age
Part Three: The Third Age
Part Four

The History of Galadriel and Celeborn is a chapter belonging to the book Unfinished Tales, which was written by J.R.R. Tolkien and published posthumously by his son, Christopher Tolkien.

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Christopher Tolkien says that this chapter of the book is not actually a history, but a bulk of concepts explored by Tolkien concerning the Elven realms of the Second Age and the place of Galadriel and Celeborn among them.

Celeborn's past is explored, who could be both Teler of Valinor or a Sinda as well. There are also references to Amroth, the King of Lórien before the arrival of Galadriel and Celeborn, other legends connected to him such as Nimrodel and Mithrellas, and a discussion about the Silvan Elves and their speech.

There is also a discussion on Celebrimbor, where the idea that he was in love with Galadriel is introduced, a fact connected to the Elessar; there is also a reference to Enerdhil the obscure smith of Gondolin who in a version of the story created the Elessar.

All in all, the chapter discusses and presents several versions of the aforementioned tales and essays related to them; along with their contradictions, which Tolkien may have abandoned or never resolved, failing in the end to determine final, definitive versions thereof.