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The Fellowship of the Ring
Prologue (Introduction)
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Section 4:  Of the Finding of the Ring

A map of Middle Earth with
Frodo's journey shown in red

 'Legend tells of a ring,
  created by an ancient evil...'

 '...that gave it's wearer the
  power to enslave the world'
'Believed lost for centuries, it has now been found.'

'This is the One Ring, forged by the Dark Lord Sauron;
Sauron needs only this ring
to cover all the lands in a second darkness.'





The Ring was forged by the Dark Lord
in the fires of Mount Doom, in Mordor


'It was made in the fires
of Mount Doom'


'Only there can it be unmade'

    - Elrond


In Mordor, Sauron marshalled
his evil armies...

...and they set forth
to conquer the world





Sauron faces The Last Alliance...

...with the Ring on his Black Hand!

'He is seeking it, seeking it - all his thought is bent on it' NOTE:  Much of the material
below may, in fact, be shown
at later times in the movie,
rather than at the beginning.
However, I've grouped most
of the images from the time
before the main events of
'The Fellowship of the Ring'
here, in this section.

Sauron (in his 'rams head' mask)

...swings his sword...
...and decapitates his victim!
Sauron swings his sword and decapitates his victim!




Elrond:  Herald of Gil-galad at 'The Last Alliance of Elves and Men'

The Elven Army  
Elven army, before the battle
<- Before and ... After  





Hard and bitter is the Elven hatred of Orcs, for they have lost many kinsmen to Orc savagery
Keen Elven eyes see farther and more clearly than those of Men or Dwarves
"We live now upon an island amid many perils, and our hands are more often upon the bowstring than upon the harp."



Among the alliance of all the Free Peoples of Middle-earth were these Bowmen of Gondor,
loosing a volley of arrows (note the Black Standard, with the White Tree and the Seven Stars)
Gondorian coat-of-mail

Gondorian shield
Soldiers of the White Tower have long appreciated the craftsmanship of the Gondorian metalsmiths
"Then Elendil the Tall and his mighty sons, Isildur and Anárion, became great lords;  and the North-realm they made in Arnor, and the South-realm in Gondor..."
The Kingdom of Gondor has smiths much practiced in creating strong tools of war
The Last Alliance of Elves and Men
Sauron's shadow stretched far over the land as he cruelly enslaved the Free Peoples of Middle Earth.  Despair and fear fell across the world until a Last Alliance of Elves and Men, under the leadership of the Elven-king Gil-galad and Elendil, High King of Gondor, was forged in a desperate attempt to break his power.

On the slopes of Mount Doom, their great army drove back the Dark Lord's forces;  but there Gil-galad, though as an immortal elf-lord he was never born to die, perished beneath the heat of Sauron's hand;  and Elendil fell, too, breaking beneath him his legendary greatsword Narsil, which had been forged in the First Age by the dwarves.  His son Isuldur, prince of Gondor, took up the shard and with its sharp edge struck from the Dark Lord's hand the One Ring, thus breaking at last his will and power.

Then the One Ring should have been destroyed;  but Isuldur succumbed to its seductive power and refused to cast it into the fires of Mount Doom.  Instead, he carried it with him until he fell prey to orcs at the Gladden Fields, and there, in the waters of the great River Anduin, the Ring was once more lost.

Thus ended the Dark Years of the Second Age of Middle-earth, and the Third Age began.  For thousands of years since that time, Sauron has concentrated his efforts on rebuilding his armies and on his search for the Ruling Ring.  But the Ring would not lie still, and by various means has made a long, strange journey.
The Elven Army (close-up)
Elrond at 'The Last Alliance' ->

Gil-galad at 'The Last Alliance'


Sauron's defeated army after 'The Last Alliance'

Orc & Elven armies meet (The Last Alliance?)






Stand against Darkness...

The Tale of Gil-galad
"What power still remains lies with us, here in Imladris, or with Cirdan at the Havens, or in Lórien.  But have they the strength, have we here the strength to withstand the Enemy...?"
"Gil-galad was an Elven-king / Of him the harpers sadly sing; / The last whose realm was fair and free / between the Mountains and the Sea"

A map of Middle-earth:  

  Close-up of Elrond's Armour


Elendil cut the ring from Sauron's hand, but he perished in the battle.  Isildur, Elendil's son, took The Ring, as weregild for his father, and his brother, Anárion, but it betrayed him as he swam in the Anduin by the Gladden Fields and he was slain by Orcs and the Ring was lost...

After the great battle, the Ring of Power was lost for centuries, waiting to be found

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The Fellowship of the Ring

Book 1

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV

Chapter IX
Chapter X
Chapter XI
Chapter XII


- A Long-expected Party
- The Shadow of the Past
- Three is Company
- A Shortcut of Mushrooms

- At the Sign of The Prancing Pony
- Strider
- A Knife in the Dark
- Flight to the Ford
Book 2

Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
Chapter IV
Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter VIII
Chapter IX
Chapter X

- Many Meetings
- The Council of Elrond
- The Ring Goes South
- A Journey in the Dark
- The Bridge of Khazad-Dûm
- Lothlórien
- The Mirror of Galadriel
- Farewell to Lórien
- The Great River
- The Breaking of the Fellowship
The Two Towers
Book 3

Chapter V
Chapter VI
Chapter VII
Chapter X

- The White Rider
- The King of the Golden Hall
- Helm's Deep
- The Voice of Saruman
Book 4

Chapter I
Chapter IV
Chapter VI
Chapter VII

- The Taming of Smeagol
- Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
- The Forbidden Pool
- Journey to the Cross-roads
The Return of the King
Book 5

Chapter I
Chapter V
Chapter VI

- Minas Tirith
- The Ride of the Rohirrim
- The Battle of the Pelennor Fields
Book 6

Chapter III
Chapter V
Chapter IX

- Mount Doom
- The Steward and the King
- The Grey Havens

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November 22nd, 2001

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