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Many Meetings

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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

Many Meetings is the first chapter of the second book in The Fellowship of the Ring.


When Frodo awakes he is in the house of Elrond at Rivendell. Gandalf is there. Elrond has called a council meeting to discuss what must happen. Gandalf tells Frodo that Strider is also called Aragorn, Man of the West, and that the Black Riders are also known as Ringwraiths or the nine servants of the Lord of the Rings. Gandalf also explains to Frodo how the Black Riders were defeated at the Ford of Bruinen.

Frodo finds that for the past four days and three nights he has been delirious. He learns that Elrond, a master healer, has been at work trying to save him. The rider that wounded Frodo did so with a Morgul-knife, and a piece of the knife was still stuck in Frodo's body. That piece had worked its way toward his heart, but Elrond had removed it. If the fragment had reached Frodo's heart he would have become like the Riders, a servant to Sauron. The Ring would have been taken from him, which would have been a disaster for Frodo.

Frodo learns about all those who work for the Dark Lord. The men are made of nothing, and wear robes to give shapes to their otherwise shapeless existences. The horses, just like many Orcs, trolls, kings and men, have been brought up under the Dark Lord's power and they are in his service forever. Gandalf tells Frodo that the white figure he saw at the river was Glorfindel and that the river itself was commanded by Elrond.

Elrond hosts a great feast for his guests. At the feast, Frodo talks with the Dwarf Glóin, who tells Frodo what became of the Dwarves Bilbo had known during his adventures. Frodo also sees Arwen for the first time. After the feast, Frodo goes to the Hall of Fire along with the other guests. To his delight, Frodo discovers Bilbo is living there among the others. Bilbo tells Frodo what he has been up to and asks to see the Ring. When Frodo produces it, Bilbo at once asks him to put it away, fearful of the way he has responded to it. Strider returns and Frodo discovers that he is also called Dúnadan. Bilbo performs his Song of Eärendil, then one of the Elves sings the hymn A Elbereth Gilthoniel.