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The Old Forest

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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

The Old Forest is the sixth chapter of the first book in The Fellowship of the Ring.

[edit] Summary

Sam, Merry, and Pippin prepare to depart with Frodo. Merry warns the others that the forest seems alive with noises, movements and sounds. As they move, the forest seems to close in on them. After some time they come to the River Withywindle, and Merry realizes that they have been traveling in exactly the opposite direction they had meant to go in. As they walk along the only path in sight the Hobbits are overcome with drowsiness. Unable to go on any longer, the Hobbits give in and fall asleep.

Old Man Willow then attacks the Hobbits, trapping and tormenting them. An old man named Tom comes along and sings a song about his wife Goldberry. With his song, Tom commands Old Man Willow to release the captured Hobbits.

Tom then takes the travellers home with him. When they reach his house, they hear the sweetest voice singing and welcoming them from inside the house.