In this chapter we reach the heart of Lothlorien and the Fellowship meet Galadriel, the Lady of the Golden Wood. In her protected and magical realm they find true rest and healing, and a chance to remember Gandalf and say farewell to him. But they are also challenged as Galadriel searches the hearts of each of the Fellowship in turn. Finally she leads Frodo and Sam to a hollow and invites them to look into a Mirror, warning them that it can show things unbidden from the past, present and future. But the two Hobbits aren’t the only ones to face a trial in the hollow, Frodo offers her the Ring and she must face her desire for it and what she might become if she wielded it, and then reject it.
Let’s discuss this magical chapter with its unearthly light and glimpses of darkness, and its mixture of comfort and discomfort. What effect does it have on the Fellowship as they prepare for the rest of their quest?