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Fellowship of the Ring

The name Fellowship of the Ring refers to more than one character, item or concept. For a list of other meanings, see The Fellowship of the Ring (disambiguation).
"The Company of the Ring shall be Nine; and the Nine Walkers shall be set against the Nine Riders that are evil..."

The Fellowship of the Ring, also known as the Company of the Ring, was formed as a brotherhood between nine members of the various Free Peoples of Middle-earth. Its purpose was to take the One Ring to Mordor that it might be cast into the fires of Orodruin, the mountain in which it was forged, in order that it might be destroyed.




The Fellowship of the Ring was formed in Rivendell with the purpose to destroy the One Ring in any possible way. It was decided that nine walkers should contrast the nine riders of Sauron.

The Fellowship had no stable plan. One option was to go directly to Mount Doom, the other was to ask help from Boromir's father, Denethor II. Whatever the aim, the Ring-bearer should be Frodo and Gandalf was the leader.

The way of how to reach the East was a problem. After moving south from Rivendell, encountering crebain and wolves, they had to pass the Misty Mountains; Boromir proposed the Gap of Rohan (the way through which he arrived to Rivendell), Gandalf insisted to pass through Moria but Aragorn though the Redhorn Pass would be safer. However after attempting in vain to pass the blizzard, they followed Gandalf's opinion.

In Moria however, they found the Orcs who overran Balin's colony years ago. They also saw Durin's Bane, who devastated Moria in the first place. Gandalf to buy them time, destroyed the Bridge of Khazad-dûm and both Maiar fell together into the abyss, while the Company escaped back to the light.

Aragorn was appointed the head of the Company, and their next stop was to meet with Galadriel and Celeborn, the elf lords of Lothlorien. They stayed there for several days, resting and counseling for their plan and route. On their leave, the elves gave them several useful gifts and gave them boats to sail the Anduin.

Meanwhile, Saruman who served Sauron, sent a band of Uruk-hai to capture the halfling who bore the Ring and bring him to Isengard.

Frodo began to realize the Ring was having a malevolent effect on some members of the party, especially Boromir, who tried to take the ring from him, after the passage through the Argonath. In the process, Frodo put on the ring to escape him, but he was followed by Sam. The rest of the Company was attacked by orcs while trying to find the Ring-bearer. The Orcs succeeded in capturing Merry and Pippin; Boromir fell defending them.

And so, the Fellowship was broken, but not yet disbanded.


Though usually called Fellowship of the Ring in adaptations and by fans, the actual term is not used in full until the chapter Many Partings, when Elessar disbands it. In the story itself, they are usually referred to as the Fellowship, the Company of the Ring (more so than Fellowship), and the Nine Walkers (in opposition of the Nine Riders who pursued them).



  • 18 - The Company of the Ring is formed
  • 25 - The Company of the Ring leaves Rivendell at dusk



Members of the Fellowship of the Ring
Frodo · Sam · Merry · Pippin · Gandalf · Aragorn · Legolas · Gimli · Boromir