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[[Image:Michael Kaluta - Elrond Recalls the Host of Gilgalad.jpg|thumb|250px|Elrond Recalls the Host of [[Gilgalad]], by [[Michael Kaluta]].]]
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[[Image:Michael Kaluta - Elrond Recalls the Host of Gilgalad.jpg|thumb|250px|''Elrond Recalls the Host of Gil-galad'', by [[Michael Kaluta]].]]
The '''Council of Elrond''' was a council called and led by [[Elrond]], held on [[October 25]], [[Third Age 3018|T.A. 3018]] in [[Rivendell]]. The main purpose of the council was to discuss what should be done with the [[One Ring]], which had resurfaced shortly before.  
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The '''Council of Elrond''' was a council called and led by [[Elrond]], held on [[25 October|October 25]], {{TA|3018}} in [[Rivendell]]. The main purpose of the council was to discuss what should be done with [[the One Ring]], which was brought there by the [[Ring-bearer]] [[Frodo Baggins]].  
==History==
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===Attendees===
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==Attendees==
 
The following people are known to have attended the Council:
 
The following people are known to have attended the Council:
 
* Elrond. As convener of the council and de facto ruler of Rivendell, Elrond headed the Council.
 
* Elrond. As convener of the council and de facto ruler of Rivendell, Elrond headed the Council.
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* [[Frodo Baggins]], the [[Ring-bearers|Ring-bearer]], came to Rivendell on the advice of Gandalf.  
 
* [[Frodo Baggins]], the [[Ring-bearers|Ring-bearer]], came to Rivendell on the advice of Gandalf.  
 
* [[Bilbo Baggins]], a former Ring-bearer, and the "Ring-finder".  
 
* [[Bilbo Baggins]], a former Ring-bearer, and the "Ring-finder".  
* [[Glorfindel]], a [[Noldor|Noldo]] who had aided Frodo earlier on his travel to Rivendell.
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* [[Glorfindel]], a [[Noldor|Noldo]] of Rivendell who had aided Frodo earlier on his travel to Rivendell.
 
* [[Erestor]], and several unnamed advisors of Elrond's household.
 
* [[Erestor]], and several unnamed advisors of Elrond's household.
* [[Aragorn II|Aragorn]], a [[Dúnedain of the North|Ranger]], who had been Frodo's travel companion, guide and aid since [[Bree]].
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* [[Aragorn]], a [[Rangers of the North|Ranger]], [[Chieftain of the Dúnedain]] and [[Heir of Isildur]], who had been Frodo's travel companion, guide and aid since [[Bree]].
* [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]], son of the [[Denethor II|Steward of Gondor]]. His brother [[Faramir|Faramir]] had a [[Seek for the Sword that was broken|prophetic dream]] thrice, and he himself once. It spoke of "[[Narsil|the Sword that was broken]], "[[Imladris]]", "[[Isildur's Bane]]" and a "[[Hobbits|Halfling]]". In order to find the meaning of the dream, Boromir went to "Imladris" - Rivendell.
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* [[Boromir]], son of the [[Denethor|Steward of Gondor]]. His brother [[Faramir]] had a [[Seek for the Sword that was broken|prophetic dream]] thrice, and he himself once. It spoke of "[[Narsil|the Sword that was broken]], "[[Rivendell|Imladris]]", "[[Isildur's Bane]]" and a "[[Hobbits|Halfling]]". In order to find the meaning of the dream, Boromir went to "Imladris" - Rivendell.
* [[Glóin son of Gróin|Glóin]] and his son [[Gimli]] were sent by [[Dáin II Ironfoot]] to warn Bilbo. Earlier, a messenger from [[Mordor]] had appeared at the gate of [[Erebor]], and asked for information of the One Ring. As king [[Brand]] of [[Dale]] was also encountered, Dáin decided to send messengers to Rivendell.
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* [[Glóin son of Gróin|Glóin]] and his son [[Gimli]] were sent by [[Dáin Ironfoot|Dáin II Ironfoot]] to warn Bilbo about a messenger from [[Mordor]] who appeared at the gate of [[Lonely Mountain|Erebor]], and asked for information of the One Ring. As king [[Brand]] of [[Dale]] was also encountered, Dáin decided to send messengers to Rivendell. They also came to seek news of what happened to [[Balin's Colony]], which entered [[Moria]] thirty years before.
* [[Legolas of Mirkwood|Legolas]], was sent by his father [[Thranduil]] with ill news. Aragorn had placed [[Gollum]] in the custody of the Elves of [[Mirkwood]], but after a surprise attack of [[Orcs]], Gollum had managed to escape.  
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* [[Legolas]], was sent by his father [[Thranduil]] with ill news. [[Gollum]], put in the custody of the [[Elves of Mirkwood]] by Aragorn, managed to escape after a surprise attack of [[Orcs]].  
 
* [[Galdor of the Havens]], a messenger of [[Círdan]] who just happened to be present at the time. His role in the Council was no larger than asking a couple of questions.
 
* [[Galdor of the Havens]], a messenger of [[Círdan]] who just happened to be present at the time. His role in the Council was no larger than asking a couple of questions.
  
===Events===
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==Procedure==
 
At the Council, Gandalf, Elrond and Bilbo told the history of the Ring to all. At hearing the potential of "Isildur's Bane", Boromir opted to use the Ring to defend his native [[Gondor]], and overthrow [[Sauron]], its creator. Gandalf and Elrond were against it, and stated that the Ring was the essence of Sauron, and thus would corrupt and ultimately destroy whoever tried to use it. Eventually Gandalf felt it necessary to employ shock tactics by reciting the [[Ring-inscription]] in [[Black Speech]], angering Elrond in the process.
 
At the Council, Gandalf, Elrond and Bilbo told the history of the Ring to all. At hearing the potential of "Isildur's Bane", Boromir opted to use the Ring to defend his native [[Gondor]], and overthrow [[Sauron]], its creator. Gandalf and Elrond were against it, and stated that the Ring was the essence of Sauron, and thus would corrupt and ultimately destroy whoever tried to use it. Eventually Gandalf felt it necessary to employ shock tactics by reciting the [[Ring-inscription]] in [[Black Speech]], angering Elrond in the process.
  
Eventually it was decided that the only way to be free of Sauron and the Ring was to cast the Ring into the [[Crack of Doom]] in [[Mount Doom]].
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The fate of the Ring was considered. The Ring was indestructible as it could be unmade only where it was created, in the [[Crack of Doom]] in [[Mount Doom]], and several solutions were proposed. It was suggested to give it to [[Tom Bombadil]] who could not be corrupted, or to send it to [[Valinor]] under the guardianship of the [[Valar]] and the [[High Elves]]. But it was deemed that the Ring could not be hidden or disposed, as it would remain dangerous for the generations to come.  
  
It then became necessary to decide who should take responsibility for such a perilous undertaking. Bilbo offered to finish the job he had started, but Gandalf told him he could not take back the Ring. Eventually Frodo surprised everyone including himself by telling them he would take the Ring. After some thought Elrond agreed. At this point Sam emerged from hiding and demanded to accompany Frodo, and since it was hardly possible to separate them Elrond agreed.
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Eventually it was decided that the only way to be free of Sauron and the Ring was to cast the Ring where it was made.
  
Who would further accompany the "[[Company of the Ring]]" was the subject of some debate for the following two months, allthough it was clear that Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Gimli and Legolas would join them. Elrond opted for two more; "Nine walkers" would counter the "[[Nazgûl|Nine Riders]]". He originally intended to send two of his household, such as Glorfindel, but Gandalf opted to send [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] instead, as he deemed friendship and loyalty more important than strength.
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It then became necessary to decide who should take responsibility for such a perilous undertaking. Bilbo offered to finish the job he had started, but Gandalf told him he could not take back the Ring due to having possessing it for some time. Eventually Frodo surprised everyone including himself by telling them he would take the Ring. After some thought Elrond agreed. At this point Sam emerged from hiding and demanded to accompany Frodo, and since it was hardly possible to separate them Elrond agreed.
  
==Portrayal in adaptations==
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Who would further accompany the "[[Fellowship of the Ring|Company of the Ring]]" was the subject of some debate for the following two months, allthough it was clear that Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Gimli and Legolas would join them. Elrond opted for two more; "Nine walkers" would counter the "[[Nazgûl|Nine Riders]]". He originally intended to send two of his household, such as Glorfindel, but Gandalf opted to send [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] instead, as he deemed friendship and loyalty more important than strength.
[[Image:Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring - The Council of Elrond.jpg|thumb|250px|The Council of Elrond in [[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]
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==Portrayal in adaptations==
 
'''1955: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1956 radio series)|BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
 
'''1955: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1956 radio series)|BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
 
:Not much is known, as information only runs up to the chapter ''[[Many Meetings]]'', but it can at least be deduced that Glóin was present.
 
:Not much is known, as information only runs up to the chapter ''[[Many Meetings]]'', but it can at least be deduced that Glóin was present.
  
'''1978: ''[[Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
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'''1978: [[The Lord of the Rings (1978 film)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1978 film)]]:'''
 
:Not all of the mentioned people were present. Glorfindel, Glóin, Erestor, Galdor were omitted.
 
:Not all of the mentioned people were present. Glorfindel, Glóin, Erestor, Galdor were omitted.
  
'''1981: ''[[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings]]'':'''
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'''1981: [[The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series)|''The Lord of the Rings'' (1981 radio series)]]:'''
 
:The Council of Elrond begins without introduction in the sixth episode. Glóin, Galdor and Erestor are omitted.
 
:The Council of Elrond begins without introduction in the sixth episode. Glóin, Galdor and Erestor are omitted.
  
'''2001: ''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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[[Image:Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring - The Council of Elrond.jpg|thumb|250px|The Council of Elrond in [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]].]]'''2001: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
:The attendants are described as being "summoned", and in the extended edition of ''[[Peter Jackson's The Two Towers|The Two Towers]]'', it is explicitly stated that the Council was called because the Ring was found, and Boromir was ordered to claim it. This is in contrast to the original text, where fate seems to bring them together.  
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:The attendants are described as being "summoned", and in the extended edition of ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers|The Two Towers]]'', it is explicitly stated that the Council was called because the Ring was found; Boromir was ordered by his father to claim it. This is in contrast to the original text, where fate seems to bring them together.
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:The process of the council is significantly shortened. There are no or minimal references to the history of the Second Age, the Rings of Power, the [[War of the Ring|current War]], the politics of the races and the characters' backgrounds. The only characters who speak are the protagonists who will later form the [[Company of the Ring]]. Unrelated characters (such as Bilbo, Erestor or Gloin) are absent or don't speak at all. According to [[The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game|Decipher cards]], some of the non-speaking participants are tradesmen from [[Dale]] and [[Lake-town]]. [[Figwit]] is also present.
  
:The composition of the Company of the Ring was decided at the council. Sam was not the only one eavesdropping; Merry and Pippin did exactly the same.  
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:The brief council is shadowed by sudden chaos and arguing over who would take the responsibility of the Ring. It is seen that the fight is inflamed by the Ring's evil influence as it sits in the middle of the court. Gandalf puts an end by reciting the [[Ring Verse]], darkening the area and quieting everyone shouting.
  
:In addition to the original members (minus Bilbo), several others are shown. According to the [[The Lord of the Rings Trading Card Game|Decipher cards]], these are tradesmen from [[Dale]] and [[Lake-town]]. [[Figwit]] is also present.
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:The composition of the Company of the Ring was decided at the council. Sam was not the only one eavesdropping; Merry and Pippin were with him doing the same.  
  
'''2002: ''[[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|Vivendi's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'':'''
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'''2002: [[The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game)|''The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' (video game)]]:'''
 
:Only Elrond, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Aragorn, Gandalf and Frodo are mentioned, though the other three Hobbits are also present. The first seven are quickly chosen, but as Elrond tells of two great warriors, Merry and Pippin barge in.
 
:Only Elrond, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Aragorn, Gandalf and Frodo are mentioned, though the other three Hobbits are also present. The first seven are quickly chosen, but as Elrond tells of two great warriors, Merry and Pippin barge in.
  

Revision as of 15:24, 19 December 2012

The name Council of Elrond refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see The Council of Elrond (disambiguation).
Elrond Recalls the Host of Gil-galad, by Michael Kaluta.

The Council of Elrond was a council called and led by Elrond, held on October 25, T.A. 3018 in Rivendell. The main purpose of the council was to discuss what should be done with the One Ring, which was brought there by the Ring-bearer Frodo Baggins.

Contents

Attendees

The following people are known to have attended the Council:

Procedure

At the Council, Gandalf, Elrond and Bilbo told the history of the Ring to all. At hearing the potential of "Isildur's Bane", Boromir opted to use the Ring to defend his native Gondor, and overthrow Sauron, its creator. Gandalf and Elrond were against it, and stated that the Ring was the essence of Sauron, and thus would corrupt and ultimately destroy whoever tried to use it. Eventually Gandalf felt it necessary to employ shock tactics by reciting the Ring-inscription in Black Speech, angering Elrond in the process.

The fate of the Ring was considered. The Ring was indestructible as it could be unmade only where it was created, in the Crack of Doom in Mount Doom, and several solutions were proposed. It was suggested to give it to Tom Bombadil who could not be corrupted, or to send it to Valinor under the guardianship of the Valar and the High Elves. But it was deemed that the Ring could not be hidden or disposed, as it would remain dangerous for the generations to come.

Eventually it was decided that the only way to be free of Sauron and the Ring was to cast the Ring where it was made.

It then became necessary to decide who should take responsibility for such a perilous undertaking. Bilbo offered to finish the job he had started, but Gandalf told him he could not take back the Ring due to having possessing it for some time. Eventually Frodo surprised everyone including himself by telling them he would take the Ring. After some thought Elrond agreed. At this point Sam emerged from hiding and demanded to accompany Frodo, and since it was hardly possible to separate them Elrond agreed.

Who would further accompany the "Company of the Ring" was the subject of some debate for the following two months, allthough it was clear that Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Gimli and Legolas would join them. Elrond opted for two more; "Nine walkers" would counter the "Nine Riders". He originally intended to send two of his household, such as Glorfindel, but Gandalf opted to send Merry and Pippin instead, as he deemed friendship and loyalty more important than strength.

Portrayal in adaptations

1955: BBC Radio's The Lord of the Rings:

Not much is known, as information only runs up to the chapter Many Meetings, but it can at least be deduced that Glóin was present.

1978: The Lord of the Rings (1978 film):

Not all of the mentioned people were present. Glorfindel, Glóin, Erestor, Galdor were omitted.

1981: The Lord of the Rings (1981 radio series):

The Council of Elrond begins without introduction in the sixth episode. Glóin, Galdor and Erestor are omitted.
2001: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring:
The attendants are described as being "summoned", and in the extended edition of The Two Towers, it is explicitly stated that the Council was called because the Ring was found; Boromir was ordered by his father to claim it. This is in contrast to the original text, where fate seems to bring them together.
The process of the council is significantly shortened. There are no or minimal references to the history of the Second Age, the Rings of Power, the current War, the politics of the races and the characters' backgrounds. The only characters who speak are the protagonists who will later form the Company of the Ring. Unrelated characters (such as Bilbo, Erestor or Gloin) are absent or don't speak at all. According to Decipher cards, some of the non-speaking participants are tradesmen from Dale and Lake-town. Figwit is also present.
The brief council is shadowed by sudden chaos and arguing over who would take the responsibility of the Ring. It is seen that the fight is inflamed by the Ring's evil influence as it sits in the middle of the court. Gandalf puts an end by reciting the Ring Verse, darkening the area and quieting everyone shouting.
The composition of the Company of the Ring was decided at the council. Sam was not the only one eavesdropping; Merry and Pippin were with him doing the same.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (video game):

Only Elrond, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Aragorn, Gandalf and Frodo are mentioned, though the other three Hobbits are also present. The first seven are quickly chosen, but as Elrond tells of two great warriors, Merry and Pippin barge in.

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