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The '''Quest of the Ring''' was the quest taken by the members of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] to destroy the [[One Ring]] of [[Sauron]] to rid the evil in [[Middle-earth]] during the [[Third Age]].
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[[File:Steven White Jr. - Frodo's Journey.gif|thumb|The route of Frodo's journey from [[Hobbiton]] to [[Mount Doom]].]]
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The '''Quest of the Ring''', also known as the '''Quest for Mount Doom''', was the quest taken by the members of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] to destroy [[the One Ring]] of [[Sauron]] to rid the evil in [[Middle-earth]] during the [[Third Age]]. It forms the center of the story of ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]''.
  
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==History==
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Though its necessity was obvious to many beforehand, the Quest was initiated during the [[Council of Elrond]]. [[Elrond]] appointed eight members to accompany the [[Ring-bearers|ring-bearer]] [[Frodo Baggins]] on his difficult journey: [[Gandalf]], [[Aragorn]], [[Legolas]], [[Gimli]], [[Boromir]], [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]]. Merry and Pippin were not chosen, but went on their own consent. After spending the winter in [[Rivendell]], the Company set off on the arduous journey that lay ahead.
  
== Formation of the Quest ==
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They set off for [[Eregion]], and attempted to cross the [[Misty Mountains]] at the [[Redhorn Pass]]. Stopped by snow, the Fellowship sought a different path: the long dark of [[Moria]]. There, [[Gandalf]] fell in battle with [[Durin's Bane]].
The quest was approved of during the [[Council of Elrond]], [[Elrond]] appointed nine members to accompany the [[Frodo Baggins|ring-bearer]], [[Frodo]] on his difficult journey: [[Gandalf]], [[Aragorn]], [[Legolas]], [[Gimli]], [[Boromir]], [[Samwise Gamgee|Sam]], [[Meriadoc Brandybuck|Merry]] and [[Peregrin Took|Pippin]] (Merry and Pippin were not chosen, but went on their own consent)
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After a couple months stay in [[Rivendell]], the Company set off on the arduous journey that lay ahead.
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They begin by heading south into [[Eregion|Hollin]], and then attempting to cross the [[Misty Mountains]] by means of [[Caradhras]]. Stopped by snow, they turn around and pass into [[Moria]].  There they see the [[Balin's Tomb|Tomb of Balin]], much to the grief of Gimli.  Not long after, on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, the Company meets the [[Balrog]], forcing them to depart from Gandalf.
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The remaining eight members of the Fellowship, now led by Aragorn, entered [[Lothlórien]], where they spent a month in the care of [[Celeborn]] and [[Galadriel]]. They departed by swift Elven boats, and headed South over the [[Anduin]].  
  
The remaining eight members of the [[Fellowship of the Ring|Fellowship]], now led by Aragorn, continued on to Lothlórien. There they were greeted by [[Haldir of Lórien|Haldir]] and his brothers, and brought to [[Caras Galadhon]]. They stayed there for about a month, through the hospitality of [[Celeborn (Lord of Lórien)|Celeborn]] and [[Galadriel]].
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And so they came to [[Nen Hithoel]] and the [[Emyn Muil]], where Boromir was slain, and the Fellowship was broken. Frodo and Sam crossed the river to the east and, after much toil, escaped the hills. With the help of [[Gollum]], they crossed the [[Dead Marshes]], and came in sight of the [[Black Gate]]. Unable to enter [[Mordor]], they went to the pass of [[Cirith Ungol]], but were divided by the treachery of Gollum. Frodo was stung by [[Shelob]] and taken prisoner. At the [[Tower of Cirith Ungol]], he was stripped of his affects, but the Sam managed to free him. The Ring had, at this stage, been taken by Sam, for safe-keeping.  
  
From Lórien the Company took boats given to them by the [[Galadhrim]], along with other valuable items, down the rivers [[Nimrodel (river)|Nimrodel]], and [[Anduin]] until they reached the [[Emyn Muil]].  Here the Fellowship was divided, and Boromir slain.
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Frodo and Sam continued their way, via the [[Isenmouthe]], to [[Mount Doom]]. Gollum appeared one last time to seize the [[The One Ring|Ring]], but fell with it to his death into the fiery chasm of Mount Doom.
  
Frodo and Sam crossed the river to the east and, after much toil, escaped the hills.  With the help of Sméagol, they crossed the [[Dead Marshes]], and came in sight of the [[Black Gate]]. There they turned aside, and headed south for the [[Morgul Vale]]. Sméagol then led them to the path of [[Cirith Ungol]], and Frodo is captured by [[orcs]] and taken to the [[Tower of Cirith Ungol]].
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==References==
 
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* [[J.R.R. Tolkien]], ''[[The Lord of the Rings]]'', passim.  
After Sam finds Frodo, they escape, and travel to the Isenmouthe disguised as orcs.  Because of the chaos and confusion of the orcs pressing in to reach the Black Gate, the hobbits are able to sneak out and start on their way towards [[Mount Doom]].  In the end, Sméagol appears one last time to seize the [[The One Ring|Ring]], and falls with it to his death into the fiery chasm of Mount Doom.
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The route of Frodo's journey from Hobbiton to Mount Doom.

The Quest of the Ring, also known as the Quest for Mount Doom, was the quest taken by the members of the Fellowship of the Ring to destroy the One Ring of Sauron to rid the evil in Middle-earth during the Third Age. It forms the center of the story of The Lord of the Rings.

History

Though its necessity was obvious to many beforehand, the Quest was initiated during the Council of Elrond. Elrond appointed eight members to accompany the ring-bearer Frodo Baggins on his difficult journey: Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Sam, Merry and Pippin. Merry and Pippin were not chosen, but went on their own consent. After spending the winter in Rivendell, the Company set off on the arduous journey that lay ahead.

They set off for Eregion, and attempted to cross the Misty Mountains at the Redhorn Pass. Stopped by snow, the Fellowship sought a different path: the long dark of Moria. There, Gandalf fell in battle with Durin's Bane.

The remaining eight members of the Fellowship, now led by Aragorn, entered Lothlórien, where they spent a month in the care of Celeborn and Galadriel. They departed by swift Elven boats, and headed South over the Anduin.

And so they came to Nen Hithoel and the Emyn Muil, where Boromir was slain, and the Fellowship was broken. Frodo and Sam crossed the river to the east and, after much toil, escaped the hills. With the help of Gollum, they crossed the Dead Marshes, and came in sight of the Black Gate. Unable to enter Mordor, they went to the pass of Cirith Ungol, but were divided by the treachery of Gollum. Frodo was stung by Shelob and taken prisoner. At the Tower of Cirith Ungol, he was stripped of his affects, but the Sam managed to free him. The Ring had, at this stage, been taken by Sam, for safe-keeping.

Frodo and Sam continued their way, via the Isenmouthe, to Mount Doom. Gollum appeared one last time to seize the Ring, but fell with it to his death into the fiery chasm of Mount Doom.

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Route of the Fellowship of the Ring
Stage One  Rivendell · Caradhras · Moria
Stage Two  Gandalf: Silvertine · Lothlórien · Fangorn Forest
 All save Gandalf: Lothlórien · Anduin · Amon Hen
Stage Three  Frodo and Sam: Emyn Muil · Dead Marshes
 Pippin and Merry: Emyn Muil · Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest · Wellinghall · Derndingle
 Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas: Eastemnet · Fangorn Forest
Stage Four  Gandalf, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas: Edoras · Hornburg · Isengard
Pippin and Merry: Isengard
Frodo and Sam: Black Gate
Stage Five  Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas: Dunharrow · Paths of the Dead · Lamedon · Pelargir · Minas Tirith
Gandalf and Pippin: Rohan · Anórien · Minas Tirith
Merry: Hornburg · Dunharrow · Drúadan Forest · Minas Tirith
Frodo and Sam: Ithilien · Cross-roads · Morgul Vale · Stairs of Cirith Ungol · Cirith Ungol · Shelob's Lair · Morgai
Stage Six  Gandalf, Pippin, Aragorn, Gimli and Legolas: Osgiliath · Cross-roads · Ithilien · Black Gate · Field of Cormallen
Frodo and Sam: Plateau of Gorgoroth · Mount Doom · Field of Cormallen
Stage Seven  All save Merry and Boromir: Cair Andros · Minas Tirith
Stage Eight  All save Boromir: Anórien · Rohan · Edoras · Isengard