Farewell to Lórien
|Farewell to Lórien|
|Chapter of The Fellowship of the Ring|
|Event||After receiving gifts from Galadriel, the Company leaves Lórien and sets out down the Anduin.|
|Date||16 February 3019|
|< Lothlórien (chapter)|
|The Great River >|
Farewell to Lórien is the eighth chapter of the second book in The Fellowship of the Ring.
Galadriel gave the Company boats in order to float down the Anduin. She gave each of them a gift, in order to help them on their way. She gave Aragorn a sheath made to fit his sword and a silver broach that held a clear green stone, the Elfstone of the house of Elendil. To Boromir, she gave a belt of gold. To Legolas she gave a bow strung with elf-hair and a quiver of arrows. To Merry and Peregrin, she gave silver belts with golden clasps. To Sam she gave neither something to keep him on the road nor to defend himself; instead she gave him a box of earth from her gardens, so that if he returned to his home in the Shire, his garden would bloom like none other. When she asked Gimli what he wanted of her. After much modest refusal, he asked for a strand of her hair. She gave him three, as well as a blessing that his hands would ever flow with gold, though it would have no dominion over his mind. To Frodo she bequeathed a small crystal vial in which was caught the light of Eärendil's star, amid the waters of a fountain. It would be a light for him in dark places and make the night brighter.
The company then left on their way down the river. They had chosen a difficult, but a valiant path.