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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Book II:

Chapter 1: Many Meetings
Frodo awakens in Rivendell four days after his flight to the Ford of Bruinen. He is surprised and happy to find that Gandalf is there. Gandalf tells him that Elrond has healed his wound after finding a splinter of the fell Morgul-knife had been burrowing deeper into his wound. Gandalf reveals Strider's noble heritage as Aragorn, Son of Arathorn and heir to Isildur, King of Gondor. Gandalf tells Frodo that Elrond had commanded the flood that came rushing in, while Glorfindel revealed himself and Aragorn carried torches. The Black Riders found themselves trapped and so they were swept away while their steeds drown.

Frodo rests some more and then attends a feast where he sees Elrond and his daughter Arwen Evenstar. He sits next to Glóin, one of Bilbo's dwarven companions on his adventure to the Lonely Mountain. After the feast, Elrond shows Frodo that Bilbo is there in Rivendell. Bilbo tells Frodo of his travels since he had left The Shire more than seventeen years before. Bilbo also asks to see the Ring, which Frodo obliges before a shadow passes between them. After listening to Elven songs and tales, Bilbo and Frodo speak privately until Sam fetches Frodo to bed.

Chapter 2: The Council of Elrond
Frodo attends a council called by Elrond. Also at the council are Glóin and his son Gimli, Glorfindel, Legolas, who is a wood-Elf from Mirkwood, Aragorn and Boromir, son of the Steward of Gondor Denethor II. Elrond opens the council by telling the tale of the Ring from its forging to Sauron's defeat at the Battle of Dagorlad to Isildur taking the Ring for himself and then being betrayed by the Ring.

Boromir then stands, asking for understand of a dream that he and his brother had had. As explained, it eludes to Aragorn, heir to Isildur and the throne of Gondor, the Ring and Frodo. Frodo then shows the Ring to the Council. Boromir is skeptical of Aragorn, who has long lived the life of a Ranger in the North. Bilbo next tells of his time in possession of the Ring, and then Frodo completes the tale with his adventures leading to his arrival in Rivendell.

Gandalf next tells of how he discovered that Bilbo's Ring was the One Ring and how Gollum was captured, but only after he had been to Mordor. Legolas interjects with news that Gollum had escaped from the Wood-Elves in Mirkwood during what appeared to be a coordinated attack by Orcs. Gandalf returns to his tale with his summoning by Saruman, who was the head of the order of Wizards. Saruman offered to share the One Ring and its power with Gandalf when they find it. Gandalf refused and Saruman imprisoned him on top of the Tower of Orthanc.

While trapped there, Gandalf noticed that Saruman was building an army. Gandalf escaped with the help of Gwaihir, Lord of the Eagles, who was sent by Radagast, another of their order of Wizards. Gandalf went to Rohan and found Shadowfax, a horse of excellent breeding. Gandalf then returned to The Shire to find that Frodo had already left. At Bree, he learned that Aragorn had led the Hobbits away only the day before. He moved on to Weathertop where he battled all nine Black Riders. The next day he rode off with four Black Riders in pursuit for a time. He then came to Rivendell.

The Council debates what to do with the Ring, including considerations for various places to hide it, while Boromir wants to use it to strengthen Gondor. Finally, it is decided that it must be taken to Mount Doom which is the one palce where it can be unmade. Bilbo volunteers, but Gandalf tells him that his part in the fate of the Ring is over. After some silence, Frodo volunteers and is joined by Sam, who has emerged from a hiding place.

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