“Yet I envy you,” Faramir told Frodo and Sam, “that have spoken with the White Lady.” “The Lady of Lórien! Galadriel!” cried Sam. “I wish I could make a song about her.” Who was this White Lady, and why was she so hard (as Sam insisted) to describe? Famously, as he told Tolkien after reading a typescript of The Lord of the Rings, Fr. Robert Murray, S.J., noticed that Galadriel bore a certain resemblance to the Virgin Mary, with which comparison Tolkien “of course” agreed: “I think I know exactly what you mean…by your references to Our Lady, upon which all my own small perception of beauty both in majesty and simplicity is founded” (Letter 142). And yet, what was it about Galadriel that suggested to Fr. Murray and Tolkien a likeness to the Virgin Mother of God? In this episode, Professor Rachel Fulton Brown reads the images associated with Galadriel for hints as to her lineage in Tolkien’s Catholic imagination. Pro tip: Have your Bible to hand, but make sure it includes Ecclesiasticus and Wisdom.