Flight to the Ford (scene)

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Flight to the Ford
Scene from
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings (film series) - Ford of Bruinen.jpg
Scene number21
Duration 6:24
Event Arwen takes Frodo to Rivendell
Characters Arwen, Frodo, Nazgûl, Strider, Sam, Merry, Pippin
The Caverns of Isengard

Flight to the Ford is the seventeenth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the twenty-first of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition). This scene was extended in the latter edition.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

As Frodo's health fails due to his Morgul wound, Strider instructs the hobbits to search for the plant named Kingsfoil so that he might stop the flow of the poison. Strider searches himself for a little bit before he is accosted by a blade held to his neck. Upon looking up, the wielder of the blade is revealed to be Arwen, daughter of Elrond, who has been searching for the party. Arwen transfers Frodo to her horse and flies at the sound of the Ringwraiths.

The Ringwraiths give chase across a field, falling in behind Arwen. Arwen makes it to the Ford of Bruinen. The Nazgûl are checked by the flowing river as her horse gallops across. Arwen challenges the Riders to claim Frodo, only to be stunned when the chief rider begins to cross, followed by the others. Arwen quickly recites an incantation which causes the river to stir. A flood shaped like horses made of water soon rampages down the stream and strikes the Riders, washing them away. Frodo seemingly succumbs to his wound and drifts into unconsciousness.

Differences[edit | edit source]

  • Arwen does not appear in this scene in the book. Her inclusion was introduced by the movie.
  • Glorfindel does not appear in the movie as his role is replaced by Arwen.
  • Frodo makes it to the ford by himself in the book and is conscious enough to defy the will the of the Nine Riders, unlike the weakened state he is in on-screen.
  • Elrond and Gandalf create the flood that carries the Nazgul away, not Arwen.