The Fellowship of the Ring - WikipediaIt takes place in the fictional universe of Middle-earth. It was originally published on 29 July in the United Kingdom. The volume consists of a foreword, in which the author discusses his writing of The Lord of the Rings , a prologue titled "Concerning Hobbits , and other matters", and the main narrative in Book I and Book II. Tolkien envisioned The Lord of the Rings as a single volume work divided into six sections he called "books" along with extensive appendices. 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.
The Fellowship of the Ring
All rights reserved. He asks, "Where am I, and what is the time? It is October 24th. Frodo asks if all the others are all right — they are. Gandalf explains that Frodo was beginning to fade at the Ford of Bruinen. He reached Rivendell just in time for Elrond's medicine to save him. Gandalf scolds Frodo a bit for some of his choices on the road.
Frodo wakes in a strange bed, feeling much better. Gandalf, who has been sitting with Frodo, explains that he had been imprisoned, but refuses to elaborate until Frodo is fully recovered. Although not destroyed by the flood, they have been crippled. Frodo reunites with his companions, and he soon discovers that Bilbo lives in Elrond's house. Bilbo asks to see the Ring, but before Frodo's eyes, the old hobbit seems to transform into a nasty, greedy creature. Frodo hides the Ring away, and the moment passes. The following day, Elrond calls a Council to decide what should be done about the Ring.
This tale grew in the telling, until it became a history of the Great War of the Ring and included many glimpses of the yet more ancient history that preceded it. It was begun soon after The Hobbit was written and before its publication in ; but I did not go on with this sequel, for I wished first to complete and set in order the mythology and legends of the Elder Days, which had then been taking shape for some years. I desired to do this for my own satisfaction, and I had little hope that other people would be interested in this work, especially since it was primarily linguistic in inspiration and was begun in order to provide the necessary background of 'history' for Elvish tongues. When those whose advice and opinion I sought corrected little hope to no hope, I went back to the sequel, encouraged by requests from readers for more information concerning hobbits and their adventures. But the story was drawn irresistibly towards the older world, and became an account, as it were, of its end and passing away before its beginning and middle had been told. The process had begun in the writing of The Hobbit, in which there were already some references to the older matter: Elrond, Gondolin, the High-elves, and the orcs, as well as glimpses that had arisen unbidden of things higher or deeper or darker than its surface: Durin, Moria, Gandalf, the Necromancer, the Ring.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Unable to stop for their grief because they know that orcs will soon pursue them, the remaining members of the Fellowship race away from Moria. Word of Gandalf's fall deeply troubles the Lord and Lady of the Wood. Lady Galadriel observes that the quest hangs in the balance, but it may still succeed if the remaining eight remain faithful. Her gaze affects them all deeply, and she seems to offer each a choice to abandon the quest in exchange for their heart's desire. Frodo and Boromir seem most affected, but neither will explain what she offered him.
All rights reserved. He goes to meet Gandalf and Bilbo, who are ready for the Council. Bilbo and Frodo have been invited; sadly, Sam is not. Elrond introduces Frodo to the company. Enough strange names for you?
In the morning, Gandalf summons Frodo and Bilbo to the Council. Furthermore, a messenger from Mordor has come offering the Dwarves an alliance, as well as new Rings of Power, in exchange for news about a certain Hobbit. Afterward, the realms of the Men of Westernesse went into decline: the northern realms were mostly abandoned, and though the southern realm of Gondor endured, it weakened as well. At this point, Boromir, a powerful-looking warrior from Minas Tirith, the great city of Gondor, speaks. He tells of a rising power in Mordor that has recently dealt crushing losses to Gondor. Frodo and Bilbo relate their parts in the story of the Ring thus far. Then Gandalf tells how he managed to prove the identity of the Ring.