The dwarf representative
Gimli is the only representative of the dwarf race in the Lord Of The Rings books and movies. When Sauron’s ring of power is found and brought back in relative safety to Rivendell, a council is organized by Elrond to decide what should be done with it. He summons representatives of all races and peoples. Gimli is one of the dwarves to come to this council. When everyone agrees that the ring must be destroyed in Mordor, Frodo volunteers since he seems to be very resistant to its power. Several members of other races and peoples offer to accompany him and Gimli is one of them. Thus, a company of nine men set out for Mordor to destroy the ring. Despite the ancestral enmity between dwarves and elves, Gimli befriends Legolas, the elf of the company, and is literally subjugated by the beauty and presence of Galadriel. In the books, he is even invited to leave Middle-earth on the boats of the elves going to the Grey Havens.