Did Gimli really leave Middle Earth with Legolas?
It is said in the appendices of RoTK that
quote: We have heard tell that Legolas took Gimli, Glóin's son with him, because of there great friendship, greater than any that have 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 recieve him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it. But it is said that Gimli went also out of desire again to see the beauty of Galadriel; and it may be that she, being might among the Eldar, obtained this grace for him. More cannot be said of this matter
Well, does anyone have any other evidence for or against it? I believe that Gimli DID leave with Legolas and Galadriel, for a friendship like that was the first and last of its kind, and would be slow to be broken.
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Okay, this post also fits in my question about Bilbo's ticket, I've put it in both.
Letters #154 - I'll paraphrase But the promise made to the Eldar . . . that they should always be able to leave Middle Earth, if they wished. The half-elven Elrond and Arwen could choose.
There are certain rare exceptions, and so certain mortals, who have played some great part in Elvish affairs, may pass with the Elves to Elvenhome. Thus Frodo (by the express gift of Arwen) and Bilbo, and eventually even Sam; And as a unique exception Gimli the Dwarf, as friend of Legolas and 'servant' of Galadriel.
The Professor's comment here, along with the last entry in Appendix B of RotK would indicate that he did leave.
------------------ Marcho Blackwood #16 Brookshade Close Bindbale, North Farthing The Shire
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