The Pass of Caradhras

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The Pass of Caradhras
Scene from
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Scene number26 (theatrical)
32 (extended)
Event The Fellowship attempt to cross Caradhras
Characters Fellowship of the Ring, Saruman
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The Pass of Caradhras is the twenty-sixth scene of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and the thirty-second of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (extended edition). This scene was extended in the latter edition.

Synopsis

The Fellowship cross snowy mountains as they continue their journey after refusing to take the road south past Isengard. Frodo trips and falls a short way down the slope before Aragorn gets him to his feet. However, he notices the Ring is no longer around his neck. Him and Aragorn watch as Boromir picks it up from the snow and is entranced by it. "It is a strange fate that we should suffer so much fear and doubt over so small a thing," Boromir muses. However, he gives the Ring back to Frodo after being prompted to do so by Aragorn, who is ready to draw his sword.

The crows who espied the Fellowship while they camped on their way south return to Isengard. Saruman learns from them that Gandalf plans to lead the Fellowship over Caradhras. He ponders whether Gandalf would risk "a more dangerous road" if the mountain defeats them.

The Fellowship struggle through the waist-deep snow. Legolas hears a fell voice; Gandalf confirms it to be Saruman before rock and ice fall from above. Gandalf tries to calm the wrath of the mountain, however Saruman is shown standing on the pinnacle of Orthanc chanting and bringing a storm to the mountain. Lightning strikes the top of the mountain, breaking off snow and ice which covers the Fellowship. They decide they cannot continue on this path; Boromir pushes to go to Minas Tirith via the Gap of Rohan, while Gimli says they should go through Moria. In a voice-over, Saruman says Gandalf fears to go into Moria out of fear of what the Dwarves awoke — he describes it as shadow and flame. Gandalf gives Frodo the choice of what path they should take. The hobbit decides they will go through Moria. "So be it," Gandalf says.