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Flight to the Ford

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The Fellowship of the Ring chapters
Book I
  1. A Long-expected Party
  2. The Shadow of the Past
  3. Three is Company
  4. A Short Cut to Mushrooms
  5. A Conspiracy Unmasked
  6. The Old Forest
  7. In the House of Tom Bombadil
  8. Fog on the Barrow-downs
  9. At the Sign of the Prancing Pony
  10. Strider
  11. A Knife in the Dark
  12. Flight to the Ford
Book II
  1. Many Meetings
  2. The Council of Elrond
  3. The Ring goes South
  4. A Journey in the Dark
  5. The Bridge of Khazad-dûm
  6. Lothlórien
  7. The Mirror of Galadriel
  8. Farewell to Lórien
  9. The Great River
  10. The Breaking of the Fellowship

Flight to the Ford is the twelfth chapter in the first book of The Fellowship of the Ring.


When Frodo comes to, he still has the Ring, much to his relief. The enemy seems to have withdrawn, thinking Frodo is dead or mortally wounded. Strider prepares a medicine made of leaves in boiling water and the scent calms all of them. Though Frodo feels a little relief, he cannot move his arm. In the morning Frodo is put on the pony and they set off. After several days they come to a river and cross the Bridge. Strider finds an elf-stone which gives him hope. The journey proves hazardous and they stray far to the north.

When they turn back toward Rivendell, they meet Glorfindel, an elf who lives in the house of Elrond. Glorfindel tells them that Gandalf had met him nine days earlier and that the Black Riders are after them. Glorfindel tries to help them cross the ford.

Just as they are about to cross the water, the Black Riders catch up to them with additional reinforcements. The Riders attack Frodo's horse, and just as they are about to triumph, Frodo sees a shining figure of white light. The river rises and caries away the Black Riders and their horses.