Author: Elwen of the Hidden Valley
Characters: Sam, Galadriel
Book/Source: Return of the King
Tolkien owns the lot but he didn't have room to write down in the book everything that happened. This is fanfic.
Departing Lorien, Sam quickly bent to collect one fine Mallorn leaf. He thought it lost in Mordor until Gandalf produced his tattered pack some weeks after their rescue. At the bottom, dry and brown, the leaf crumbled to dust, and he cried that such beauty should fade.
Then the Lord and Lady of the Golden Wood arrived for the wedding of their granddaughter. Galadriel bent to gift Sam with a new, beautifully formed golden leaf, murmuring as she kissed his brow, “This one will not fade. Keep it in remembrance of what was and in hope of what may be.”