Book II opens in Rivendell at the house of Elrond. Bilbo asks to see the Ring again, but Frodo resists. The Fellowship of the Ring is the first of three volumes of the novel The Lord of the Rings. It is divided into two books, Book I and II. It was originally released on. The Fellowship of the Ring book. Books That Everyone Should Read At Least Once .. A review of Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring, by Sauron Hello.
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The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings [J.R.R. Browse our editors' picks for the best books of the month in fiction, nonfiction. Of the Finding of the Ring. 5. Note on the Shire Records. Book I. Chapter 1. and various other matter concerning the hobbit members of the Fellowship. The first book sets the stage for the adventure and follows Frodo Baggins as he design for the dust-jacket of The Fellowship of the Ring.
There they are attacked by five black riders, Frodo puts on the ring to escape them, and is stabbed in the arm by one of them. Eventually, they meet the Elf Glorfindel from Rivendell, who takes Frodo with him back to Rivendell on his white horse. The riders are washed away in a flood over the Ford.
At first Frodo meets his uncle Bilbo Baggins who he had not seen since he left Hobbiton much earlier. Frodo sets forth from Rivendell with eight companions: two Men, Aragorn and Boromir , son of the Steward of the land of Gondor ; an Elven prince, Legolas ; Frodo's old friend and powerful wizard, Gandalf; Gimli the Dwarf; and Frodo's original three hobbit companions.
These Nine Walkers were chosen to represent all the free races of Middle-earth and as a balance to the Nine Riders. They were also accompanied by Bill the Pony , whom Strider and the Hobbits acquired in Bree as a pack horse.
Their attempt to cross the Misty Mountains is foiled by heavy snow, so they are forced to take a path under the mountains via Moria , an ancient Dwarf kingdom, now full of Orcs and other evil creatures, where Gandalf falls into the abyss after battling a Balrog.
In the process, Frodo puts on the ring to escape him.
Later Boromir is attacked by orcs while trying to defend Merry and Pippin. This book ends when Frodo and Sam depart secretly for Mordor and the Fellowship of the Ring dissolves. II - The Council of Elrond - A council attended by many people; Gandalf tells the story of his escape from Saruman; they decide that the ring must be destroyed and Frodo offers to take it to Mordor.
III - The Ring goes South - The nine members of the fellowship travel south through Hollin ; they try to take the road over the mountain Caradhras but are forced to turn back. IV - A Journey in the Dark - They travel to the gates of Moria, where they have to deal with a sea creature in the lake in front of it. Gandalf eventually opens the doors using a magic word. They reach the tomb of Balin. The elves reluctantly agree to let Gimli the dwarf pass.
Haldir takes Frodo to the hill of Cerin Amroth. Frodo is shown the mirror of Galadriel.
IX - The Great River - they notice Gollum following them down the river on a log; they reach the falls of Rauros, where they must choose between travelling on the east or west bank of the river to pass the falls. The original publisher made the decision to split the work into three parts. It was also the publisher's decision to place the fifth and sixth books and the appendices into one volume under the title The Return of the King , in reference to Aragorn 's assumption of the throne of Gondor.
Tolkien indicated he would have preferred The War of the Ring as a title, as it gave away less of the story. Before the decision to publish The Lord of the Rings in three volumes was made, Tolkien had hoped to publish the novel in one volume, possibly also combined with The Silmarillion.
The title The Fellowship of the Ring refers to the group of chief protagonists. The Prologue is meant partly to help people who have not read The Hobbit to understand the events of that book. It also contains other background information to set the stage for the novel. The first chapter in the book begins in a light vein, following the tone of The Hobbit.
Bilbo Baggins celebrates his th or eleventy-first, as it is called in Hobbiton birthday on the same day, 22 September, that his younger cousin and adopted heir Frodo Baggins celebrates his coming of age at thirty-three. At the birthday party, Bilbo departs from the Shire , the land of the Hobbits , for what he calls a permanent holiday. Bilbo does so by using the magic ring that he had found on his journey in The Hobbit to disappear and is aided by Gandalf the Wizard with a flash and puff of smoke, leading many in the Shire to believe he has gone mad.
He leaves Frodo his remaining belongings, including his home, Bag End , and the Ring. It becomes apparent that Bilbo has been strained over the past several years, and he is at first unwilling to give up the Ring, which concerns Gandalf.
Eventually, he gives up the Ring and appears to be relieved of a huge burden. Gandalf leaves on his own business, warning Frodo to keep the Ring secret. Over the next seventeen years, Gandalf periodically pays short visits to Bag End.
He proves this by flinging the Ring into the fireplace, the heat of which causes the Ring to display Elf-writing in the language of Mordor. Sauron had forged the Ring to subdue and rule Middle-earth , but in the War of the Last Alliance , he had been defeated by Gil-galad the Elven King and Elendil , High King of Arnor and Gondor , though they themselves perished in the deed.
Isildur , Elendil's son, cut the Ring from Sauron's finger. Sauron was overthrown, but the Ring itself was not destroyed as it should have been, for Isildur kept it for himself. Frodo wonders why Bilbo did not kill the creature when he had the chance, but Gandalf reminds him that Bilbo's pity saved him in the end and did not make him like Gollum.
Gandalf tells how Sauron has risen again and has returned to his stronghold in Mordor and is bending all his power toward the hunting of the Ring. Gandalf speaks of the evil powers of the Ring and its ability to influence the bearer and those near him if it is worn for too long. Gandalf warns Frodo that the Ring is no longer safe in the Shire. He has learned through his investigations that Gollum had gone to Mordor, where he was captured and tortured until he revealed to Sauron that the Ring was in the keeping of a hobbit named Baggins from the Shire.
Gandalf hopes Frodo can reach the elf -haven Rivendell , east of the Shire, where he believes Frodo and the Ring will be safe from Sauron, and where the Ring's fate can be decided. Samwise Gamgee , Frodo's gardener and friend, is discovered eavesdropping on the conversation. Out of loyalty to his master, Sam agrees to accompany Frodo on his journey.
Over the summer, Frodo makes plans to leave his home at Bag End, under the pretence that he is moving to the eastern end of the Shire Buckland to retire. At midsummer, Gandalf leaves on pressing business, but promises to return before Frodo leaves.
Frodo's birthday and the date of his departure approach, but Gandalf does not appear, so Frodo decides to leave without him. Black Riders pursue Frodo's party. One of the Riders comes to the door of Sam's father, the Gaffer , the very evening before they depart. With the help of some elves led by Gildor and a hobbit named Farmer Maggot , the hobbits cross the Brandywine River and reach Crickhollow on the eastern border of the Shire. Merry and Pippin decide to join Frodo and Sam, while Fatty stays behind as a decoy.
There the group fall asleep by a willow-tree and wake up to realize that its roots are trying to strangle them, but luckily Tom Bombadil comes to their aid. They then go to the house of Bombadil and meet his wife Goldberry.
There they discover that the Ring has no power over Bombadil—he does not disappear while wearing it and can see Frodo even after he has vanished from his friends' sight. In the evening, Frodo has a dream about Gandalf standing on the pinnacle of a tower and then a vision of a rain curtain in front of a ship on which he is sailing. They then leave Bombadil's only to be captured by a barrow wight in the Barrow-downs , but they again escape with help from Tom and finally reach the gate of the village of Bree.
Frodo goes by the name of "Underhill" rather than Baggins. While visiting with other hobbits and men from Bree, Frodo makes eye contact with a mysterious-looking man in the corner.
The man then warns Frodo that Pippin is close to revealing who the hobbits really are, so Frodo begins to recite a poem that earns the applause of everyone in the inn. When he recites it a second time, Frodo gets carried away and falls off the table and accidentally lets the Ring slip on his finger causing him to disappear.
The incident causes a major commotion, and several rough-looking men leave the inn. Frodo reappears and said that he slipped away out of embarrassment, but few download the explanation. The hobbits then retire from the common room only to find that they have been followed by the mysterious man, who goes by the name Strider, a Ranger. Frodo doubts Strider until Butterbur comes in with a note from Gandalf to Frodo left some time earlier. Gandalf says to trust Strider and ask him his real name.
Without even being asked, Strider reveals his name as Aragorn son of Arathorn and is the heir of Isildur in the North.
Strider has them spend the night in another room. Curious because of all the events, the whole town turns out to see them off. They then see evidence of a major fire fight and a stone that might indicate Gandalf got there ahead of them. A splinter of the blade remains within the wound, causing Frodo to fall very ill as they travel to Rivendell. As the travellers near their destination, they meet Glorfindel , an elf-lord from Rivendell, who helps them reach the River Bruinen near Rivendell.
Glorfindel's horse outruns the pursuers and carries Frodo across the Ford. Book II opens in Rivendell at the house of Elrond. Frodo is healed by Elrond and discovers that Bilbo has been residing there. Bilbo asks to see the Ring again, but Frodo resists because of the Ring's power, which leads Bilbo to understand at last. Legolas then tells the council that Gollum had escaped from his captivity with the Elves and was also abroad and hunting for the Ring.
Boromir then stands and relates the details of a dream he and his brother Faramir both received, telling them to seek "the Sword That Was Broken" and " Isildur 's Bane" in Rivendell. Elrond then has Frodo bring out the Ring, which is revealed as "Isildur's Bane".
Gandalf explains that he had gone to Isengard , where the wizard Saruman , the chief of all wizards in Middle-earth , dwells, to seek help and counsel. However, Saruman had turned against them, desiring the Ring for himself.
Saruman imprisoned Gandalf in his tower, Orthanc , rightly suspecting that Gandalf knew where the Ring was. Gandalf, however, did not yield and managed to escape from Orthanc. He learns that Saruman is not yet in Sauron's service, and is mustering his own force of Orcs.
As the Council of Elrond concludes, a plan is hatched to cast the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom in Mordor , which will destroy the Ring and end Sauron 's power for good. Boromir objects and argues for using the Ring to overcome Sauron and relieve Gondor, but Elrond says that the Ring cannot be used for good because of its intrinsic evil and its corrupting power even on those with the best intentions.
Frodo offers to undertake this dangerous quest , and is thus chosen to be the Ring-bearer. Frodo sets forth from Rivendell with eight companions: They are also accompanied by Bill the Pony , whom Aragorn and the Hobbits acquired in Bree as a pack horse.
The Fellowship attempt to cross the Misty Mountains is foiled by heavy snow, and then they are attacked by a host of wargs. Thus, they are forced to take a path under the mountains, through the mines of Moria , the ancient dwarf kingdom. Those same orcs then attack the travellers, and during the battle that ensues, Gandalf encounters a Balrog of Morgoth , an ancient demon of fire and shadow. Gandalf challenges the Balrog, but both fall into an abyss. There Frodo tries to decide the future course of the Fellowship.
Boromir succumbs to the Ring's corruptive influence and tries to take it for himself, and Frodo ends up putting on the Ring to escape from Boromir.