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The Elvish Rings were forged with the intention of counteracting the passage of time to which Elves were immune but their surroundings were not. They're actually considered, by Tolkien, to be one of the great sins of the elves, because it shows them trying to circumvent the natural order of Arda in favor of their own desires. Originally, Galadriel, Gil-galad, and Cirdan the Shipwright (all visible at the beginning of the movie, actually, though Cirdan should have a beard) had the elvish rings. Gil-galad gave his ring to Elrond, and Cirdan gave his to Gandalf (yet another thing that got Saruman pissed off at Gandalf). Elrond's ring is what gave that wierd "perfect" feeling to Rivendell, and gave him mastery over the Bruinen to use it to defend the valley. Galdriel's ring allowed her to ward Lothlorien, and gave it the timeless feeling that the Fellowship experienced there. Gandalf's ring helped to sustain him through his travels, and helped him to inspire the spirits of others. In Gandalf's case especially, this was power native to the wearer, enhanced by the rings. The "fair things" that failed after the One Ring was destroyed were the elvish strongholds. With the rings, Rivendell and Lothlorien were impervious to the decay native to Middle-earth, but when the rings passed away, they became normal places, without the feeling of elvish magic.
Elven realm founded by Elrond in the year 1697 of the Second Age as a refuge against the forces of Sauron. Together with the remnant of the Noldor that remained in Middle-earth, Elrond constructed the Last Homely Home as a refuge for the enemies of the Dark Lord.
In 3431 of the Second Age, Gil-galad and Elendil formed the Last Alliance against Sauron, sheltering their forces in Rivendell before taking them east for an assault on Mordor.
Near the beginning of the Third Age TA 109, Elrond married Celebrían, daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn. Celebrían bore to Elrond three children, the twin brethren Elladan and Elrohir and a daughter, Arwen Undomiel, Evenstar of her people.
(Galadriel is Cate Blanchett's elf lady character...the queen of Lothlorien)
There is more but I wouldnt want to ruin the last movie for you...:)
Lothlórien is the woodland realm between the rivers Celebrant and Anduin. It has for ages been inhabited by the Galadhrim, the Silvan Elves, and in the Second Age Galadriel and Celeborn settled there with their retinue of Noldor and Sindar.
The name Lórien was picked by Galadriel as a reminescence of the Gardens of Irmo in Valinor; the older name the silvan elves used was Lórinand; among the Noldor the wood was called Laurelindórenan, 'valley of the singing gold', later also Lothlórien, 'blossoming dream-garden'. All of these names are inspired by the golden-yellow blossoms of the Mallorn trees, which Galadriel is said to have planted there, and which always remained the joy of all who saw them.
The terrain slowly rose from the Anduin into the wood, and near the north-eastern border of the land lay the hill of Cerin Amroth, where Amroth and Nimrodel had dwelt, and where Aragorn and Arwen became engaged.
Near the area where the Celebrant joined the Anduin lay Caras Galadhon, the city of the Galadhrim, on a hill which was clad with tall Mallorn trees. The elves did not live on the ground, but rather on flets, talan, high among the tree-tops.
The city was guarded by a trench, and a green wall which had gates to the south-west. Placed in the top of the highest tree was the flet where Galadriel and Celeborn met their guests in hall with a high roof, richly adorned and as wide as a hall of Kings.
Lothlórien was guarded against all evil by Galadriel and the power of the elven ring Nenya she possessed. However, Lórien was also cut off from the outside, and soon people in Gondor and Rohan saw it as a strange place, which the Rohirrim called the Golden Wood as well as Dwimordene, 'valley of ghosts'. They accused the Lady of the Golden Wood of witch-craft (not without reason, of course), and avoided to come near her land.
When the Fellowship came to Lothlórien, they could well feel the effects of the 'magic' of Galadriel. To strangers like the hobbits it seemed as a land of ancient times, which is still preserved into the present, and where time has a different meaning then on the outside. To the weary travellers the fair and unmarred land of Lórien provided much-needed rest, and the hearts were lifted after the shadows of Moria. No one of the Fellowship was able to restrain the tears in their eyes when they had to say farewell again.
Often in its history did Dol Guldur cast its shadow on Lothlórien. In the War of the Ring its forces assailed the forest again and again, but could not overcome the Silvan elves led by Celeborn, and were eventually driven back. After the War, Lórien was expanded to the north and north-east with reconquered territory, but nevertheless did the end of the war mark the slow and steady end of the elvish population of Lothlórien, starting with the departure of Galadriel into the west.
Galadriel was very beautiful and had long golden hair.
Which assuming that all of the tree elves are basically her descendents, that is why they have all blond hair.
In Rivendell we have her daughter and Elrond having children, and Elrond has dark hair...therefore the dark elves. Of course this all just me making things up late at night. I hope I helped some.