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Phial of Galadriel

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The Phial of Galadriel by John Howe.

The Phial of Galadriel (Star-glass) was the gift that Galadriel's bestowed to Frodo Baggins upon his departure from Lórien. Both Frodo and Samwise Gamgee later used it to fend off the attacks of Shelob, and escape her lair on the borders of Mordor. Sam later used it to overcome the will of the Two Watchers at the Tower of Cirith Ungol. Sam also attempted to use the light in the Crack of Doom but the light from the glass faded because they were in the heart of Sauron's domain.

When Gollum led Frodo and Sam into Shelob's Lair, Frodo exclaims in Quenya, "Aiya Eärendil Elenion Ancalima!"; this translates as "Hail Eärendil, brightest of stars!". This is in reference to the light of the star of Eärendil, the Silmaril he wears upon his brow, the brightest star in the sky. It is the light of this star which is trapped within the Star-glass.

Upon Frodos departure from Middle-earth, the light from the phial faded as it reached the shores od Eldamar.

"...and slowly the ship slipped away down the long grey firth; and the light of the glass of Galadriel that Frodo bore glimmered and was lost."
The Return of the King, The Grey Havens
Gifts of Galadriel
Andúril's sheath Elfstone Boromir's belt
Merry and Pippin's belts Sam's garden box Hair of Galadriel
Bow of the Galadhrim Phial of Galadriel