The Fellowship of the Ring Summary – J. R. R. Tolkien

Before starting The Fellowship of the Ring Summary, let’s discuss the author John Ronald Reuel Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien), who was born in 3 January 1892 and 2 September 1973. The book The Fellowship of the Ring was published in July 29, 1954. This book/novel is the first part of The Lord of The Rings.

The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Summary

Long ago, the Dark Lord Sauron tries to conquer Middle Earth. Sauron is stopped by an alliance of elves and men. Gondor’s Isildur grabs Sauron’s One Ring. Isildur, ignoring Elrond, decides to keep Sauron’s horcrux. Isildur is killed by orcs and the Ring is lost. Pipeweed enthusiast Gandalf the Grey visits Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit in the Shire for his eleventy-first birthday. At his party, Bilbo gets hammered and tells the gathering the he never liked most of them before using the magic invisibility ring to disappear. Bilbo prepared to travel to Rivendell. Bilbo agrees to leave his precious Ring and everything else to his adopted nephew Frodo Baggins. Gandalf returns. He casually lets Frodo know he has the One Ring and he probably shouldn’t just hang on to it. Oh, and there are nine Nazgul, black-cloaked wraiths looking for the Ring.

He should maybe flee the Shire and meet Gandalf at the village of Bree. Frodo is joined by his gardener SamWise and two more hobbits, Pippin and Merry. They narrowly avoid Nazgul, and the hobbits arrive at the Inn of the Prancing Pony in Bree. Frodo accidently uses the Ring to draw attention of a dark-cloaked stranger known as strider.

The hobbits instantly trust him. Strider is Aragorn, a ranger of the north, and a friend of Gandalf. Aragorn leads the hobbits to Weathertop, where the Nazgul find the party. Frodo pops on the Ring and is Promptly stabbed by a Nazgul’s blade. Arwen carries Frodo to safety in Rivendell where Frodo is healed by Elrond. Elrond convenes the humbly-named Council of Elrond to decide the fate of the Ring. Gandalf reveals that the head wizard, Saruman, has betrayed him and is working with Sauron. Gandalf escapes on the back of a giant eagle. That definitely happened. Not the pipeweed talking at all.

The Fellowship of the Ring Summary

The council determines that the Ring must be destroyed at Mount Doom in Mordor. Boromir objects and says, “Maybe just pass him the Ring.” Frodo decides he’s tired of living, so he volunteers to take the Ring to Mordor. Aragorn, Boromir, Gandalf, Merry, Pippin, and Samwise join him. Gimli the dwarf and Legolas, the handsome elf, also volunteer for the journey.

The Fellowship enter the Mines of Moria, the ancient dwarf kingdom. Gimli promises it will be fine, but it turns out Gimli’s a liar. His dwarf-kin are dead and the Fellowship is attacked by orcs. The Fellowship flees, but are caught by the Balrog Durin’ Bane. Naturally, Gandalf uses the most powerful weapon, words and tells him, “You shall not pass!”. It doesn’t go as planned and old bally drops Grandalf into the abyss. The Fellowship loudly stumbles into elven Lothlorien. Its ruler, Galadriel, warns Frodo others want the Ring, particularly Boromir.

The elves give the Fellowship gifts. Frodo is given a bottle of water. Creepily, Gimli asks for some of Galadriel’s hair. Ugh. Saruman sends his army to kidnap the hobbits, and Gollum starts tracking the Fellowship. Soon after, Boromir attempts to seize the Ring for Gondor, but Frodo escapes. Saruman’s army appears and Boromir, ashamed, atones by defending Merry and Pippin, who are still seized. Frodo goes solo, but Samwise can’t quit him and joins. For some reason, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas decide Frodo is fine alone and decide to pursue Merry and Pippin. And that is the story Fellowship of the Ring in three minutes.

The Fellowship of the Ring Characters

Gandalf, Sauron, Frodo Baggins, Aragorn, Legolas, Samwise Gamgee, Gollum, Elrond, Boromir, Galadriel, Arwen, Peregrin Took, Saruman, Nazgul, Witch-king of Angmar, Tom Bombadil, Glorfindel, Celeborn, Radagast, Goldberry, Watcher in the Water, Déagol, Barliman Butterbur, Old Man Willow, Farmer Maggot, Fredegar Bolger, Harry Goatleaf, Queen Beruthiel

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