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Phial of Galadriel

Type: Artifacts

Other Names: star-glass, Glass of Galadriel, the Lady's glass, elven-glass, elven-light, gift of Galadriel

Description:'She held up a small crystal phial: it glittered as she moved it, and rays of white light sprand from her hand. "In this phial," she said, "is caught the light of Eärendil's star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you."

Farewell to Lorien, The Lord of the Rings, the Fellowship of the Ring.

'For a moment it glimmered, faint as a rising star struggling in heavy earthwards mists, and then as its power waxed, and hope grew in Frodo's mind, it began to burn, and kindled to a silver flame, a minute heart of dazzling light, as though Eärendil had himself come down from the high sunset paths with the last Silmaril upon his brow. The darlness receded from it, until it seemed to shine in the centre of a globe of airy crystal and the hand that held it sparkled with white fire.'

Shelob's Lair, The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers

The Phial of Galadriel was a gift given to him from the Lady Galadriel when he and the fellowship left Lorien. The Phial later proved to be extremely helpful with its light, helping Frodo and Sam escape from Shelob's Lair.

Contributors: Elithien 29.08.03

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