Farewell to Lórien
|The Fellowship of the Ring chapters|
Farewell to Lórien is the eighth chapter of the second book in The Fellowship of the Ring.
Galadriel gives the group boats so that they may float down the Anduin. She gives each of them a gift, in order to help them on their way. She gives Aragorn a sheath made to fit his sword and a silver broach that holds a clear green stone, the Elfstone of the house of Elendil. To Boromir, she gives a belt of gold. To Legolas she gives a bow strung with elf-hair and a quiver of arrows. To Merry and Pippin, she gives silver belts with golden clasps. To Sam she gives neither something to keep him on the road nor to defend himself; instead she gives him a box of earth from her gardens, so that when he returns to his barren and desolate home, his garden will bloom like none other. When she asks Gimli what he wants, he asks for a strand of her hair. She gives him three as well as a blessing that his hands will flow with gold, though it will have no dominion over him. To Frodo she bequeaths a small crystal vial in which is caught the light of Eärendil's star, amid the waters of a fountain. It will be a light for him in dark places and make the night brighter.
The company then leaves and goes on their way. They have chosen a difficult, but a valiant path.