How old is Galadriel meant to be in Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power?

Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
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How old is Galadriel in The Rings of Power? It's a fair question – after all, the Elf, played by Morfydd Clark, is one of the few characters to appear in both the Amazon series and in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. In those movies, she was portrayed by Cate Blanchett as an ethereal Elven leader who welcomes the Fellowship to Lothlórien.

In The Rings of Power, we meet a much younger Galadriel, one who's a fierce warrior hellbent on avenging her fallen brother after he was murdered by Sauron's servants. But how much younger, exactly? And how many years are already behind her? It's a surprisingly difficult question to answer.

How old is Galadriel in The Rings of Power?

In the opening episode of The Rings of Power, we first meet Galadriel as a young girl living in Valinor. The series doesn’t stay here very long, charting the events of the First Age through the show’s prologue, before reuniting with Galadriel on her mission to locate Sauron.

By the time the show reaches its main story, she’s much older. And while we don’t have an exact age for the Elven warrior in the series, we can work it out based on her age at the time of her ascension to Valinor, many thousands of years later.

Galadriel leaves Middle-earth in TA (Third Age) 3021 when she is around 8,000 years old. Given that the events of The Rings of Power take place before the Third Age, she's around 5,000 years old in the show.

This is also corroborated by her birth date in Valinor of 1362 in the "Years of the Trees". She lived for around 138 years before this time came to an end – but time is measured differently during this period. In Tolkien’s notes to The Annals of Aman, he states that there are around 9.5 solar years in one Valinorian year. 

The conversion would mean she lived in this period for around 1,300 years. The First Age lasts for about 587 years, while the Second Age spans 3,441 years. The Rings of Power takes place around the middle of this period, making her around 5,328 years old.

However, there is a complication… Tolkien later toyed with his conversion metric from solar years to Valinorian years. In his Appendices to The Lord of the Rings, he suggested there are actually 144 solar years per Valinorian year, which would make Galadriel much older.

Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

(Image credit: Prime Video)

Based on this metric, her time in Valinor would have lasted around 19,150 years. That would make her age during The Rings of Power actually around 23,178 years. All of this means Galadriel could be anywhere from 5,000 to 24,000 years old in The Rings of Power.

It’s not clear which timeline the Prime Video show is using. Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay confirmed to Total Film that they condensed Tolkien’s canon timeline in the adaptation. So while the series takes place around the middle of the Second Age, it introduces human characters from the latter part of the Second Age – like Elendil and Isildur – much earlier on, which could potentially impact the ages of the characters.

Whatever metric you go by, given that Elves are immortal, Galadriel is a young woman in this period by her race’s standards. And it seems we’ve got a lot more of her story left to tell in the planned five seasons of The Rings of Power on their way.

If you’re looking for more on the show, we’ve also compiled a Rings of Power character guide, rounded up our best theories on who The Stranger is, and created an episode release schedule to make sure you don’t miss a moment.

Fay Watson

I’m an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering TV and film for the Total Film and SFX sections online. I previously worked as a Senior Showbiz Reporter and SEO TV reporter at Express Online for three years. I've also written for The Resident magazines and Amateur Photographer, before specializing in entertainment.