Boromir described the dream he and his brother Faramir had experienced, and which led him to come to Rivendell. He pleaded that the Ring should be used to aid Gondor in her struggle against Mordor, but was told that it would inevitably corrupt anyone who used it. Only a mighty person could hope to wield the Ring against Sauron, and they would in time become a new Dark Lord whether they wished it or not. Boromir reluctantly accepted this conclusion.
Glóin, Gimli's father, spoke of evil messengers who had come to the Lonely Mountain promising the return of one or more of the Seven rings if they would reveal the location of Bilbo Baggins. The possibility of war with Sauron's allies in the region was troubling, but Gandalf was relieved that at least Smaug the dragon was no longer around for the Dark Lord to use. They had also came seeking news of what happened to Balin, who went to Moria in TA 2989 with Ori and Óin.
Legolas conveyed the bad news that Gollum had escaped captivity and disappeared. Aragorn had gone to great lengths to capture the debased creature, who had possessed the Ring for centuries under the Misty Mountains. After his capture, Aragorn and Gandalf had interrogated the miserable Gollum, and found to their dismay that he had been to Mordor. Apparently, while under torment there, Gollum had confessed both that he had held the One Ring and that Bilbo had taken it to the Shire.
After much debate about the fate of the Ring, it was decided that the only way to be free of Sauron's evil was to cast the Ring into the Cracks of Doom in Mount Doom (in Mordor), where it would be unmade. This might well undo the power of the three Elf-rings, but would certainly render Sauron impotent and free Middle-earth from his menace forever.
It then became necessary to decide who should take responsibility for such a perilous undertaking. Bilbo offered to finish the job he had started, but Gandalf told him he could not take back the Ring. Frodo surprised everyone (including himself) by announcing that he would take the Ring, and after some thought Elrond agreed. At this point Sam emerged from hiding and demanded to accompany Frodo, and Elrond consented.
Those present at the Council had arrived at Rivendell by different paths and on separate errands, yet they were all ultimately concerned with the Ring and its effect upon the people of Middle-earth. Important participants at the Council were:
- Elrond - a Half-elven conveyor, member of White Council and lord of Rivendell.
- Erestor - an Elf-lord, advisor, and the chief of the House of Elrond.
- Gandalf the Grey - a Wizard, one of the Istari, and member of both the White Council and The Fellowship.
- Aragorn - a Ranger, heir of Isildur, member of The Fellowship, and Chieftain of the Dúnedain in the North.
- Frodo Baggins - a Hobbit of the Shire, member of The Fellowship, and Ring-bearer.
- Bilbo Baggins - a Hobbit of the Shire, former Ring-bearer, uncle of Frodo and long resident in Rivendell.
- Boromir of Gondor - son of Denethor II Ruling Steward of Minas Tirith, and member of The Fellowship.
- Glóin of the Lonely Mountain - representative of the King under the Mountain, Dain Ironfoot of the Dwarves.
- Gimli - son of Gloin, member of The Fellowship, and dwarf of the Lonely Mountain.
- Legolas - a Sindar Elf of the Woodland Realm (Mirkwood), son of Thranduil the Elvenking, and member of The Fellowship.
- Glorfindel - an Elf-lord of Rivendell, rescuer of Frodo and his company from the Nine.
- Galdor of the Havens - messenger from Círdan of the Grey Havens.
|Foreign Language||Translated name|
|Afrikaans||Konsilie van Elrond|
|Albanian||Këshilli i Elrond|
|Aragonese||Concilio de Elrond|
|Asturian||Conseyu d' Elrond|
|Belarusian Cyrillic||Савет Элранды|
|Bengali||কাউন্সিল অব এল্রন্দ্|
|Bulgarian Cyrillic||Съвет на Елронд|
|Chinese (Hong Kong)||愛隆會議|
|Corsican||Cunsigliu di Elrond|
|Dutch||Raad van Elrond|
|Fijian||Matabose ni Elrond|
|Frisian||Riad faan Elrond (Northern) Rie fan Elrond (Western)|
|Esperanto||Konsilio de Elrond|
|Filipino||Konseho sa Elrond|
|Galician||Consello de Elrond|
|Greek||Συμβούλιο της Ελρονδ|
|Haitian Creole||Konsey Elrond|
|Hmong||Pawg neeg ntawm Elrond|
|Irish Gaelic||Comhairle na Elrond|
|Italian||Consiglio di Elrond|
|Javanese||Pasamuan ing Elrond|
|Kurdish||Encûmena ji Elrond (Kurmanji Kurdish)|
|Kyrgyz Cyrillic||Элронд кеңеши|
|Ladino||Konsejo de Elrond|
|Luxembourgish||Conseil vum Elrond|
|Macedonian Cyrillic||Совет на Елронд|
|Maltese||Kunsill ta ' l-Elrond|
|Manx||Coonseil ny h-Elrond|
|Mirandese||Cunselho de Elrond|
|Mongolian Cyrillic||Элронд-ийн зөвлөл|
|Polish||Narada u Elronda|
|Portuguese||Conselho de Elrond|
|Punjabi||ਏਲ੍ਰੋਨ੍ਦ ਦੇ ਪ੍ਰੀਸ਼ਦ|
|Romanian||Consiliul lui Elrond|
|Romansh||Cussegl da l'Elrond|
|Samoan||Aufono a le Elrond|
|Sardinian||Conciliu di Elrond|
|Scots||Cooncil o Elrond|
|Scottish Gaelic||Comhairle de Elrond|
|Serbian||Савет Елронда (Cyrillic) Savet Elronda (Latin)|
|Sicilian||Cunciliu di Elrond|
|Spanish||Concilio de Elrond|
|Swahili||Mtaguso wa Elrond|
|Tagalog||Konseho ng Elrond|
|Tajik Cyrillic||Шӯрои Елронд|
|Tongan||Fakataha alelea 'a e Elrond|
|Ukrainian Cyrillic||Рада Елронда|
|Urdu||کونسل آف الرونڈ|
|Uzbek||Елрондъс боард (Cyrillic) Elrondning kengashi (Latin)|
|Vietnamese||Công đồng Elrond|
|Yiddish||ראַט פון עלראָנד|
|Yoruba||Igbimọ ti Elrond|