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Quest of the Ring

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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.

References

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