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:''For the chapter in [[The Fellowship of the Ring]], see [[The Council of Elrond]].''
 
[[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]].]]
 
[[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]].]]
The '''Council of Elrond''' was a council called by [[Elrond]] in [[Rivendell]], in order to decide what should be done with the [[One Ring]].  Unlike in the movie adaption, those who attended were not summoned to Rivendell by Elrond, but came of their own accord for various reasons; presumably an instance where "[[Fate]]" intervened in [[The Lord of the Rings]].
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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.  
  
{{quote| 'What shall we do with the Ring. . . That is the purpose for which you are called hither. Called, I say, though I have not called you to me, strangers from distant lands. You have come and are here met, in this very nick of time, by chance as it may seem. Yet it is not so. Believe rather that it is so ordered that we, who sit here, and none others, must now find counsel for the peril of the world. . .' |[[The Lord of the Rings]], [[The Council of Elrond]], [[Elrond]] speaking}}
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==Attendants==
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The following people are known to have attended the Council:
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* Elrond. As convener of the council and de facto ruler of Rivendell, Elrond headed the Council.
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* [[Gandalf]], one of the [[Wizards]], was one of the [[Wise]].  
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* [[Frodo Baggins]], the [[Ring-bearers|Ring-bearer]], came to Rivendell on the advice of Gandalf.
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* [[Bilbo Baggins]], a former Ring-bearer, and the "Ring-finder".  
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* [[Glorfindel]], a [[Noldor|Noldo]] who had aided Frodo earlier on his travel to Rivendell.
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* [[Erestor]], and several unnamed advisors of Elrond's household.
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* [[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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* [[Boromir (son of Denethor II)|Boromir]], son of the [[Denethor II|Steward of Gondor]]. His brother [[Faramir (son of Denethor II)|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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* [[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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* [[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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* [[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 obvious questions.
  
Those present at the Council had arrived at Rivendell by different paths and on separate errands, yet they were all ultimately concerned with the Ring and its effect upon the people of [[Middle-earth]].
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==Events==
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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, andstated 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.
  
Important participants at the Council included:
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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 into the [[Crack of Doom]] in [[Mount Doom]].
  
* [[Elrond]] - convener
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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. 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.
* [[Erestor]] - one of Elrond's advisors, and other minor councilors of Rivendell
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* [[Gandalf]] - recently escaped from [[Saruman]] at [[Isengard]]
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* [[Aragorn]] - having escorted [[Frodo Baggins|Frodo]] and his companions from [[Bree]]
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* Frodo Baggins, [[Hobbit]] - the [[Ring-bearer]]
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* [[Bilbo Baggins]], older cousin of Frodo, finder and former bearer of the Ring, long resident in Rivendell
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* [[Boromir]] of [[Gondor]] - arrived in response to a prophecy
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* [[Glóin]] of the [[Dwarves]] - arrived seeking counsel after a messenger from [[Mordor]] sought news of the Ring from the Dwarves
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* [[Gimli]] the Dwarf, son of Gloin, accompanying his father
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* [[Legolas of Mirkwood|Legolas]], son of [[Thranduil]], an [[Elf]] of the [[Woodland Realm]] - came to tell Elrond that [[Gollum]] had escaped from the Elves' captivity
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* [[Glorfindel]] - a powerful Elf-lord of Rivendell, the famed [[Balrog]]-slayer of [[Gondolin]]
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* [[Galdor of the Havens]], a messenger of [[Círdan]]
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* [[Samwise Gamgee]] - Frodo's companion; not invited, he secretly eavesdropped on the Council until he gave himself away
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At the Council the full story of the Ring was told by Bilbo and Gandalf. Boromir was all for taking the Ring and using its power in the defence of Gondor, but Gandalf and Elrond were adamant that the Ring, having been forged by [[Sauron]] himself, 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 the [[Black Speech]], despite angering Elrond in the process.
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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.  
  
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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==Portrayal in adaptations==
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In [[Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings]], not all of the mentioned people were present; Glorfindel was removed from the script, and several other, minor characters were removed as well.  
  
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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In [[Peter Jackson's 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.  
  
The matter of who else should accompany Frodo (later to be known as the [[Fellowship of the Ring]], hence the title of the book and subsequent movie)  was decided later, although the movie version of ''[[Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring]]'' depicts the choosing of the Fellowship as taking place at the end of the Council, and has [[Merry]] and [[Pippin]] also eavesdropping on the proceedings and demanding to accompany Frodo.
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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 did exactly the same.  
  
'''See also:'''
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In addition to the original members, 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.
* [[The Council of Elrond]] - The chapter in [[The Fellowship of the Ring]]
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==References==
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* ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', [[The Council of Elrond]].
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* ''[[The Fellowship of the Ring]]'', [[The Ring goes South]].
 
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For the chapter in The Fellowship of the Ring, see The Council of Elrond.

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 had resurfaced shortly before.

Contents

Attendants

The following people are known to have attended the Council:

Events

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, andstated 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.

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.

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

In Ralph Bakshi's The Lord of the Rings, not all of the mentioned people were present; Glorfindel was removed from the script, and several other, minor characters were removed as well.

In Peter Jackson's 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, and Boromir was ordered to claim it. This is in contrast to the original text, where fate seems to bring them together.

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.

In addition to the original members, several others are shown. According to the Decipher cards, these are tradesmen from Dale and Lake-town. Figwit is also present.

References