The Return of the King, Book 6, Chapter 9: The Grey Havens
Chapter synopsis: The turbulent events are followed by a splendid, prosperous and happy year. The whole Shire is busy repairing the harms done by Saruman’s ruffians. Sam remembers Galadriel’s gift and discovers that the box contains a strange dust and a single silver seed. He uses the dust to plant trees all over the Shire where they had been hewn down by the ruffians, and he plants the silver nut in the Party Field in Hobbiton; and out of it grows a beautiful mallorn. Sam marries Rose Cotton; Frodo moves back to Bag End, and Sam and Rose come to live there as well. The next year their first daughter, Elanor, is born. On the anniversaries of the events at Weathertop and Cirith Ungol Frodo’s old wounds hurt him again. In September, as Bilbo’s birthday is approaching, Frodo and Sam set out again (towards Rivendell, as Sam thinks; though he does not intend to go all the way). Yet in the woods they meet a large number of Elves, including Elrond and Galadriel; Bilbo is among them as well. Finally Sam realizes that Frodo intends to go to the Grey Havens, to pass over the Sea with the Elves and Bilbo. In the Havens Círdan the Shipwright and Gandalf await them; Gandalf, too, will board the ship. He has brought Pippin and Merry along as well, such that Sam will not be alone on the way home. Thus the elven-ship leaves Middle-earth; and the three hobbits return to the Shire, whereupon the tale reaches its end.