The Phial of Galadriel

by Varda-(Valar)
November 2, 2006

Elves > Galadriel > Objects > Phial of Galadriel

    The phial of Galadriel was a small crystal phial, not a gem but a container for liquids, a vial. It glittered as she moved it and rays of white light came from it.
"In this phial is caught the light of Earendil's star, set amid the waters of my fountain. It will shine still brighter when night is about you."
Earendil's star was the evening and morning star that Frodo and Sam earlier saw shining while they were looking into the Mirror of Galadriel. So she was giving Frodo a crystal vial filled with water from her Mirror, which already held the light of Earendil that had shown on it. The light of Earendil comes mostly from a Silmaril that Earendil wears.
    Those creatures which avoided light also needed to avoid the Phial of Galadriel. It was a painful weapon against the eight eyes of darkness-loving Shelob and against the will of the Two Watchers of the gate to the Tower of Cirith Ungol.
    A Silmaril alone did not ward off evil, as Morgoth wore all three in his Iron Crown while presiding over Angband. But add the water of the Mirror of Galadriel, and the matter may have changed.
    Sam also referred to the phial as the Lady's glass. In narration it is also referred to as the elven-glass of Galadriel. After Frodo and Sam threw away most of their gear in Gorgoroth, Sam kept the phial.

    "The Mirror of Galadriel", Fellowship of the Ring
    "The Tower of Cirith Ungol", Return of the King