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Among the Gifts of Galadriel, given to the Fellowship while they were in Lothlorien, was:

a small grey wooden box with a silver rune "G for Galadriel". In the box was earth from Galadriel's orchard. The box also contained a silver nut from a Mallorn tree, the last east of the sea, and west of the mountains. This was given to Sam.

Sam put this gift to good use, helping to heal and repair the damage Sharkey had done to the Shire. Did Elrond, Galadriel and Gandalf also try to use their rings or other powers to help heal some of the hurts and damage done by Sauron after the One Ring was destroyed?

Edit addition: Considering their effect in healing the Shire, Galadriel's gift of the Mallorn tree nut and soil from her garden would be a good example of 'other powers' being used to help repair some of the damage wrought by Sauron's influence. Are there other examples, either subtle or gross of any of the three ring holders helping to repair Middle Earth before they leave for the West?

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    The One... Neo?? =P – Izkata Apr 4 '13 at 14:22
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    @Izkata haha very funny. Obviously it's the One who flew over the Cuckoo's nest. – Morgan Apr 4 '13 at 15:42
  • @PaulD.Waite, it seems your burden is to fix the hurts and damages done by my poorly constructed posts. ;) – Morgan Apr 5 '13 at 1:39
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    @Morgan: heh! I do edit too much. But there's a minor typo somewhere on Stack Exchange, this cannot be allowed to remain! – Paul D. Waite Apr 5 '13 at 9:23
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    @coleopterist - I know. I was attempting to add a little humor, apparently very little. – Morgan Apr 5 '13 at 21:30
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I don't think so. Gandalf makes it clear, before leaving the hobbits prior to the Scouring of the Shire, that it is up to them now:

"I am not coming to the Shire. You must settle its affairs yourselves; that is what you have been trained for. Do you not yet understand? My time is over: it is no longer my task to set things to rights, nor to help folk to do so."

Gandalf, of course, was sent by the Valar specifically to be "the Enemy of Sauron" (as he earlier tells Aragorn), and that particular role is finished. But Elrond and Galadriel also recognise that their time, the time of Elves, is over; hence the riding to the havens. It seems likely that they also felt that it was not their job to clean up. Especially as Aragorn has taken over in Gondor and Arnor, and seems to be ready to lead to a revitalisation of both realms.

Additionally, it's not at all clear that their rings retained any power at all once the One was destroyed. Galadriel said as much to Frodo and Sam in Lórien, and again the fact of their departure seems to confirm this.

  • I was pretty sure it's clear that they did lose their power (I think I know roughly where it would be said but probably doesn't matter anyway). Of course Galadriel helped with the Shire a bit in a different way: her gift to Sam! That was perhaps indirect help but it's still a significant help nonetheless (and I dare say she foresaw it anyway; certainly Elrond saw that things weren't as they should be but I want to say Galadriel suggested it too). – Pryftan Dec 11 '17 at 22:41
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    Here it is: And Gandalf said: 'This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be. The Third Age of the world is ended, and the new age is begun; and it is your task to order its beginning and to preserve what may be preserved. For though much has been saved, much must now pass away; and the power of the Three Rings also is ended. And all the lands that you see, and those that lie round about them, shall be dwellings of Men. For the time comes of the Dominion of Men, and the Elder Kindred shall fade or depart.' So yes the Three Rings did lose their power. – Pryftan Dec 11 '17 at 22:43
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The Malorn seed and soil from Lorien that were given to Samwise by Galadriel were in no way related to her ring, except insofar as the ring had helped her prevent the corruption of Lorien.

Quite apart from that, it is clearly stated in the books that without the One Ring, the Three lose their power and everything created from them will fade over time. While this is intended to be a hint as to the eventual end of Lorien in Middle Earth, it also means that the Three can't be used to help undo the works of Sauron, they simply lack the power to do anything like that.

Also, both Elrond, Galadriel, and Gandalf were extremely cautious about ever using their power - not just to avoid gaining the attention of Sauron, but also because they were fully aware that any use of power corrupts. There are several passages where Gandalf and Galadriel lament that had they possession of the One Ring the world would have another evil rather than Sauron, albeit one initially fairer-looking, white instead of black, or words of that kind. To a lesser degree the same is valid for the Three as well (and lesser only because the Three were less powerful, not because the nature of living things is less corruptible wearing them than wearing the One, because corruptibility is related to power, not how it is achieved).

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    I think the OP understands that the Mallorn seed and soil weren't anything to do with Galadriel's ring. Great answer though. – Paul D. Waite Apr 4 '13 at 9:37
  • @PaulD.Waite probably, but had to be said anyway as there's the obvious relation between the source of the seed and soil and the wearer of the ring. – jwenting Apr 4 '13 at 13:30
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    IIRC, it wasn't clearly stated whether the Three would lose their power when the One was destroyed -- merely suspected (and as Daniel Roseman points out, their departure seems to confirm it). – Plutor Apr 4 '13 at 16:21
  • In reference to the point about power: even Sauron was said to be less evil than Morgoth if only because he served another [Morgoth] for so many ages. – horatio Apr 4 '13 at 18:49
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    @Plutor - Galadriel's statement that she will "fade and go into the West" if she doesn't claim the One Ring is fairly clear implication. – Oldcat Aug 7 '14 at 22:58
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Explicitly, no. Gandalf's words to Aragorn on Mondolluin are the clearest statement of this:

This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be. The Third Age of the world is ended, and the new age is begun; and it is your task to order its beginning and to preserve what may be preserved. For though much has been saved, much must now pass away; and the power of the Three Rings also is ended. And all the lands that you see, and those that lie round about them, shall be dwellings of Men. For the time comes of the Dominion of Men, and the Elder Kindred shall fade or depart.

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Not sure if it counts, but Galadriel, along with Celeborn and some of the elves of Lorien did 'clean up' southern Mirkwood a bit. Dol Guldur was destroyed and some of the elves settled there, renaming it East Lorien.

  • That was more during than after the War of the Ring, though I suppose that the elves settling there were after. – TRiG Sep 19 '16 at 2:23

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