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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]]. |+|
The '''Quest of the Ring'''was the quest taken by the members of the [[Fellowship of the Ring]] to destroy [[One Ring]] of [[Sauron]] to rid the evil in [[Middle-earth]] during the [[Third Age]].
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|−|== Formation of the Quest == |+|
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|−|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) |+|
|−|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 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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|−|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 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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|−|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. |+|
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.