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.
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.
- Gandalf, one of the Wizards, was one of the Wise.
- Frodo Baggins, the Ring-bearer, came to Rivendell on the advice of Gandalf.
- Bilbo Baggins, a former Ring-bearer, and the "Ring-finder".
- Glorfindel, a Noldo who had aided Frodo earlier on his travel to Rivendell.
- Erestor, and several unnamed advisors of Elrond's household.
- Aragorn, a Ranger, who had been Frodo's travel companion, guide and aid since Bree.
- Boromir, son of the Steward of Gondor. His brother Faramir had a prophetic dream thrice, and he himself once. It spoke of "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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.