Ever notice that a lot of this chapter takes place in the light?
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 4: A Journey in the Dark
The only remaining way for the Company to reach the other side of the Mountains now leads through the mines of Moria, or Khazad-dum, which was of old a splendid realm of the Dwarves, but is now desolate and known as a dreadful place. They find the Doors of Moria and Gandalf discovers the password that opens them. Just as they are about to enter, tentacles belonging to an evil creature creep out of the pool in front of the Doors, and almost succeed in dragging Frodo into the water. The Company escape inside, and quickly discover that the Doors have been barred from outside. They travel through the darkness of the Mines for two days, and Frodo frequently believes he hears distant footsteps following them. On the morning of the third day they discover Balin’s tomb and find a book of chronicles there.
You know, the first time I read The Lord of the Rings, I didn’t look at the list of chapter titles, because other authors will have stuff in their chapter titles that spoils the story. But the truth is Tolkien has chapter titles that don’t spoil the story at all. And yet they’re really beautiful titles! The title for this one could have very easily been “Caradhras”, but Tolkien does one better with…
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 3: The Ring Goes South
Many scouts are sent out of Rivendell in all directions to search for news of any servants of the Enemy, and return about two months later without having discovered any important news. Elrond chooses companions for Frodo; and the Company of the Ring consists of Frodo, Sam, Gandalf, Strider, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Merry and Pippin. Bilbo gives his sword, Sting, and his shirt of dwarf-mail, to Frodo. The Company sets out southwards, and travels west of the Misty Mountains for many days, mostly under the cover of the night. They notice many crows and hawks flying over them, and are worried that the birds might be spies of the Enemy. The Company attempts to cross the Misty Mountains over the Pass of Caradhras, but it seems that the mountain hates them: a great storm and huge amounts of snow stop them and they are forced to turn back, lest they should freeze to death in the snow.
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 2: The Council of Elrond
A great council is held in Rivendell, which should determine what to do in the present situation to prevent Sauron from dominating over the world. On this Council there are Elrond, Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo, Glóin, Glorfindel, Aragorn, many Elves from Rivendell, as well as strangers from abroad, such as Legolas, son of Thranduil the King of the Elves of Mirkwood, and Boromir, son of Denethor the Steward of Gondor. Glóin tells that messengers from Mordor have come to the Dwarves, seeking information about Bilbo and his Ring. Then the entire history of the Ring is told, from its forging to the adventures of Bilbo and Frodo. Gandalf gives an account of his doings in the summer, when he was held captive by Saruman the White, a mighty wizard that has become a traitor. The Council concludes that since the Ring cannot be used by anyone save Sauron, nor can it be kept beyond Sauron’s reach forever, it should be destroyed in Orodruin. In the end Frodo says he would accept this task, and Elrond approves.
Cracked.com has a great little duel between The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter that’s worth checking out. (Although Samwise’s last name is spelled incorrectly, not to mention Saruman’s first… er, only name is too.)
Hey, look, we’ve made it to the second part of The Fellowship of the Ring!
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 2, Chapter 1: Many Meetings
Frodo awakes in Rivendell, where he has been tended for three days by Elrond himself, and his arm is now almost completely cured. Gandalf is also there and briefly explains Frodo what has happened. A great feast is held that evening in celebration of the victory at the Ford of Bruinen, and the four hobbits are guests of honour. Frodo sees many new faces: Elrond, his daughter Arwen, and Glóin, one of the twelve dwarves who had accompanied Bilbo on his great journey. And to his greatest delight, he also meets Bilbo, who has lived in Rivendell ever since he had left the Shire. Bilbo recites a song about Eärendil, which he has just written, to a company of Elves. Then while the Elves sing and listen to tales, he and Frodo talk about their adventures.
Peter Jackson has released his latest Hobbit Production Diary. It’s kind of cool, looking at locations. We get to see Andy Serkis as a director, and a lot of New Zealand scenery. They even work some music from The Two Towers, including some from the extended edition. (Boy I love that soundtrack.) Here’s the video: (I can’t WAIT to see this film!)
Being a sucker for alliterations (which Tolkien doesn’t use all that often) I love this chapter title. The contents is wonderful as well! This is a continuation of a series where I look at The Lord of the Rings one chapter at a time, and also look at the corresponding parts of the Jackson, Bakshi, and Rankin/Bass films. Some of this will be written by me (J.W.) and some by Drew L. So with that introduction out of the way, here we go:
The Fellowship of the Ring, Book 1, Chapter 12: Flight to the Ford
Strider does his best to heal Frodo, but the hobbit can only receive proper treatment in Rivendell, which they should reach as soon as possible. On the Road they meet Glorfindel, and Elf-lord who has been sent from Rivendell to find them and help them. Near the Ford of Bruinen they are ambushed by the Black Riders, five of which pursue them from behind, and the remaining four are waiting at the Ford. Frodo manages to escape them and cross the river on Glorfindel’s horse. Then a great flood comes down the river which washes the Riders away.