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Book II - Chapter 8
Farewell to Lorien

      The time comes for the Company to leave Lórien and they are summoned once again to the chamber of Celeborn. Though offered an opportunity to remain in that fair land, they all resolve to go forward. At this meeting, Celeborn offers the gift of boats for the Company to use on the great river Anduin.

      The night before their departure, the Company holds council together in their pavilion. During the discussion, Frodo senses something strange and unsettling from Boromir concerning the Ring.

      In the morning, the Elves bring many gifts of food and clothing. Lembas they bring, the waybread of the Elves. And Elven cloaks, light but warm with hues that shift according to their surroundings. Haldir returns and leads his friends to the river where the boats await them.

      Aragorn leads them on a trial run up the Silverlode. As they turn a sharp bend in the river, they meet Celeborn and Galadriel aboard a great ship fashioned in the likeness of a swan. Celeborn bids them to a parting feast on the lawn alongside the river. There they drink the cup of parting and receive gifts from the Lady Galadriel.

      To Aragorn is given a sheath to fit his sword and the Elessar, a green gem set in a silver brooch shaped like an eagle. Galadriel enjoins Aragorn to take up the name Elessar that was foretold to him. Boromir and the two younger hobbits receive belts of gold and silver. The gift to Legolas is a bow and a quiver of arrows. For Sam, Galadriel has a small box with a single 'G' rune on the cover. Inside is several grains of earth from Galadriel's orchard. Gimli asks simply for a single strand of Galadriel's hair. The Elves look at him in wonder, but she graciously fulfills his request. Lastly, Galadriel gives to the Ring-bearer a phial filled with the light from Eärendil's star as it shines amid the water of her fountain.

      All farewells made and gifts given and received, the travelers set off down the river and away from Lórien the Fair.


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