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The King of the Golden Hall

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The Two Towers chapters
Book III
  1. The Departure of Boromir
  2. The Riders of Rohan
  3. The Uruk-hai
  4. Treebeard
  5. The White Rider
  6. The King of the Golden Hall
  7. Helm's Deep
  8. The Road to Isengard
  9. Flotsam and Jetsam
  10. The Voice of Saruman
  11. The Palantír
Book IV
  1. The Taming of Sméagol
  2. The Passage of the Marshes
  3. The Black Gate is Closed
  4. Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
  5. The Window on the West
  6. The Forbidden Pool
  7. Journey to the Cross-Roads
  8. The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  9. Shelob's Lair
  10. The Choices of Master Samwise

The King of the Golden Hall is the sixth chapter of the third book in The Two Towers.

Summary

Now that Gandalf has returned from the dead, he serves as the captain of the hunters. He leads them to Theoden's halls, and tells the guards that they have come back to return the horses that Éomer had lent them.

The four companions enter the hall after leaving their weapons behind, but they do not get a warm welcome. Theoden is reluctant to show gratitude; he says this is because Gandalf almost always heralds bad news and asks for help. In truth, it is because Saruman has a secret hold on him in the form of his advisor, Wormtongue.

Gandalf frees Theoden from the wicked influence of Wormtongue. Gandalf then asks Theoden to release Éomer, who has been held prisoner of Wormtongue's counsel. Éomer returns and lays his sword at Theoden's feet. Theoden realizes his mistake in trusting Wormtongue. He decides that he will himself lead the riders of Rohan against Saruman. Wormtongue is sent away.

Theoden gives Shadowfax to Gandalf. He proclaims that Éomer (his heir) and Éowyn (his sister) are to rule in his place until he returns.