The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings: Galadriel [INFJ]

Functional Order: Ni-Fe-Ti-Se

Perceiving Functional Axis:

Introverted Intuition (Ni) / Extroverted Sensing (Se)

Galadriel relies heavily on her intuition and what she foresees into the future – beyond her skills with Nenya, her ring of power. She sees through Gandalf’s façade at the White Council and correctly intuits that he stalled for time to allow the dwarves time to escape Rivendell. She senses a “shadow and a threat” growing in Mordor, and anticipates and provides for each hobbit what they will need on their journey (for Merry and Pippin: identifiable daggers whose sheaths will lead Gimli, Legolas, and Aragorn into Fangorn; for Sam, elven-rope that unties itself; for Frodo, the light of their “most beloved star” to ward off Shelob). She remains speculative on the future for Gandalf (“Needless were none of his deeds in life, we do not yet know his full purpose) and encourages Elrond to send reinforcements to Helm’s Deep (“Should we let them stand alone?”). Galadriel prefers to remain separate from Middle-earth, in Lothlorien, and her strength quickly wanes when she rescues Gandalf, showing both her sensitivity to evil and her weakness when asked to exert herself physically (inferior Se).

Judging Functional Axis:

Extroverted Feeling (Fe) / Introverted Thinking (Ti)

Galadriel thinks in broader terms than her own best interests; she reads and gives insights into the emotions of the Fellowship, offering each in turn words intended to condemn or encourage them toward their better self. She believes they have a larger social responsibility as Elves to the races of Middle-earth, and therefore sends elves to Helm’s Deep to help protect the humans. She can be wise and sensitive, but also withdrawn and fierce. She believes in her own conclusions and attempts to gently persuade others to agree with her.

Enneagram: 1w9 self-preservation

Galadriel is able to hold back her desire for the Ring through a desire to “remain Galadriel,” to be true to her inner essence and hold on to her goodness. She has one of the Three Elven Rings of Power and chooses to use it wisely and well. She judges Boromir’s innermost desires, but looks upon those virtuous members of the Fellowship with approval. Galadriel, as a self-pres instinct, focuses mostly on ensuring she is doing the right thing, and in being “good” and above reproach. It’s this innocence, beauty, and determination that allows her to fight off Sauron and cast him into Mordor in the ruins. Her 9 wing gives her a gentle edge, a sense of inward calm, and a desire to withdraw from the world and bear her burdens “alone.” As an sp/so, she is self-contained but also willing to seek the greater good for humanity.