Gimli, after the War of the Ring

by Varda-(Valar)
July 2, 2005

    Gimli Gloin's son was famous as one of the Nine Walkers of the Fellowship of the Ring. He stayed with Aragorn throughout the War of the Ring.
    Gimli "was named Elf-friend because of the great love that grew between him and Legolas, son of King Thranduil, and because of his reverence for the Lady Galadriel." (RotK, App. A)
    After the War of the Ring, Gimli brought part of the Dwarves of Erebor to the Glittering Caves of Aglarond in Rohan, where he became the Lord of the Glittering Caves.
    Gimli and his people did great works for both Rohan and Gondor. In Minas Tirith, they replaced the gates broken by the Witch-king, forging new gates of mithril and steel.
    Quote, what is known by the hobbits of Gimli's fate:

Here follows one of the last notes in the Red Book
    We have heard tell that Legolas took Gimli Gloin's son with him because of their great friendship, greater than any that has been between Elf and Dwarf. If this is true, then it is strange indeed: that a Dwarf should be willing to leave Middle-earth for any love, or that the Eldar should receive him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it. But it is said that Gimli went also out of desire to see again the beauty of Galadriel; and it may be that she, being mighty among the Eldar, obtained this grace for him. More cannot be said of this matter."
Return of the King, "Appendix A"

Reference: Return of the King, "Appendix A"