GimliGimli - "'And what gift would a Dwarf ask of the Elves?' said Galadriel, turning to Gimli.  'None, Lady,' answered Gimli.  'It is enough for me to have seen the Lady of the Galadhrim, and to have heard her gentle words.'  'Hear all ye Elves!' she creid to those about her.  'Let none say again that Dwarves are grasping and ungracious!  Yet surely, Gimli son of Glóin, you desire something that I could give?  Name it, I bid you!  You shall not be the only guest without a gift.'  'There is nothing, Lady Galadriel,' said Gimli, bowing low and stammering.  'Nothing, unless it might be--unless it is permitted to ask, nay, to name a single strand of your hair, which surpasses the gold of the earth as the stars surpass the gems of the mine.  I do not ask for such a gift.  But you commanded me to name my desire.'  The Elves stirred and murmured with astonishment, and Celeborn gazed at the Dwarf in wonder, but the Lady smiled.  'It is said that the skill of the Dwarves is in their hands rather than in their tongues,' she said; 'yet that is not true of Gimli.  For none have ever made to me a request so bold yet so courteous.  And how shall I refuse, since I commanded him to speak?  But tell me, what would you do with such a gift?'  'Treasure it, Lady,' he answered, ' in memory of your words to me at our first meeting.  And if ever I return to the smithies of my home, it shall be set in imperishable crystal to be an heirloom of my house, and a pledge of good will between the Mountain and the Wood until the end of days.'  Then the Lady unbraided one of her long tresses, and cut off three golden hairs, and laid them in Gimli's hand." ~The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, chap. 8 (Farewell to Lórien)