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This article refers to the group. For other namesakes, see The Fellowship of the Ring (disambiguation).

The Fellowship of the Ring was formed as a brotherhood consisting of representatives from each of the Free Peoples of the World. Its purpose was to take the One Ring to Mordor so that it might be cast into the fires of Mount Doom, the mountain in which it was forged, so that it would be destroyed and ultimately eradicate the Dark Lord Sauron.

The Fellowship was also known as the Company of the Ring, the Nine Walkers, or simply the Company. Each of the members of the Company were representatives of their respective races, with Legolas and Gimli being the only Elf and Dwarf chosen, respectively.

History[]

Formation[]

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The hobbits of The Fellowship of the Ring, with Frodo Baggins second from left

Formed at the Council of Elrond, the Fellowship consisted of nine members: four Hobbits, two Men, one Elf, one Dwarf, and a Wizard. It was the only known organisation ever formed in the history of Middle-earth to hold members of each of these races within it (and with the departure of the Elves and the Wizards from Middle-earth, there would never be another such group), who largely lived and acted independent of one another. This number was chosen to match the number of Nazgûl. Merry and Pippin were never intended to be a part of the Fellowship, with Elrond initially considering two Elf-lords from his own house. He wished to send the two younger hobbits back to the Shire as messengers to warn other Hobbits of the growing evil. However, the Halflings persevered: Merry was chosen while Gandalf convinced Elrond of the loyalty of Pippin.

The Fellowship of the Ring was formed by Elrond after the Council of Elrond. The Fellowship, being led mainly by Gandalf, headed down the path to Mordor.

Journey of the Fellowship[]

After a long and difficult journey south from Rivendell, and a near-catastrophic attempt to cross over the Misty Mountains via the Pass of Caradhras, the Fellowship descended into Moria. In the former Dwarf-kingdom, they found evidence that Orcs had slain Gimli's kinsman Balin and other Dwarves who had returned there. They were soon confronted by the Balrog known as Durin's Bane, who had many Orc and Troll minions under his control. Gandalf fell facing this menace, and the company was forced to go on without him. Once they escaped Moria, the Fellowship headed to the Elven forest of Lothlórien where they met with the Elven Lord Celeborn and Galadriel, Lady of Light. Galadriel supplied them each with special Elven Gifts from Lothlórien, boats and supplies so that they could travel down the river Anduin. This route was quicker than an overland march, but the group was attacked by Orc archers and shadowed by Gollum, who had begun following them in Moria.

Fellowship in Hollin, Giancola

The Fellowship traversing Hollin (formerly Eregion) - by Donato Giancola

Forced to portage their boats around the Rapids of Sarn Gebir and preparing to take the North Stair to avoid the Falls of Rauros, the Fellowship soon ran into difficulties. Boromir finally succumbed to temptation, and attempted to seize the Ring from Frodo. This led to Frodo using the Ring to escape and he and Sam leaving to spare the others the lure of it. The repentant Boromir died trying to defend Merry and Pippin against a large force of Uruk-hai from Isengard.

Pass of Caradhras, Cavini

"Pass of Caradhras", by Ivan Cavini

The Fellowship was dissolved on the banks of the Anduin that day. Frodo and Sam carried on towards Mordor; Boromir was given funerary rites and sent floating over the falls, and Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli departed on their way to save Merry and Pippin.

Breaking of the Fellowship[]

After Boromir died the Fellowship split into three paths. From there Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli chased after the Uruk-hai who took Merry and Pippin, who were taking the hobbits, believed to be the Ring-bearers, to Saruman in Isengard. Along the way the trio crossed through Rohan and came across Éomer and his éored. After questioning Éomer, they found out that the riders had already slain the Uruk-hai they were meant to track, the night before in a bloody massacre. Upon arriving at the site of the battle, Aragorn discovered that the hobbits fled deep into Fangorn Forest.

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Galadriel with the Fellowship, before they departed Lothlórien, by Anna Kulisz

Gandalf, though thought to be dead when he fell at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm in Moria, came back to Middle-earth, reincarnated as Gandalf the White. He encountered Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli in Fangorn, and they, mistaking Gandalf for Saruman, attempted to kill him. Gandalf assured them that Merry and Pippin were safe (knowing they were in the hands of Treebeard). From there they rode out to Edoras, capital of Rohan, where they found King Théoden in ill-condition, poisoned by Saruman's servant Gríma Wormtongue.

Frodo and Sam continued their journey, getting closer to Mordor. Gollum had tailed them. While attempting to take "the precious" in their sleep, Frodo and Sam awoke and captured him. Frodo realizing who he was decided Gollum could be used as guide into Mordor.[1]

Aragorn continued to refer to the company he led (Legolas and Gimli, occasionally joined by Gandalf, Merry, and Pippin) the Fellowship of the Ring even after the original Fellowship broke up, following Boromir's death. The Fellowship was reunited again long later, after the Battle of the Black Gate, parting finally on the hill of Dol Baran near Isengard.[2] Whilst other members of the Fellowship would meet again, this would be the last time they were fully assembled without Boromir.

Members[]

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Gandalf, the Wizard, leader of the company
Sam
Frodo Matthew Stewart
Frodo Baggins of the Shire, the Ring-bearer
Pippin
Peregrin Took of the Shire
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Meriadoc Brandybuck of the Shire
Kip Rasmussen Aragorn Cropped
Aragorn, a ranger of the Dúnedain and heir to the throne of Gondor
Boromir, Giancola cropped
Boromir, a man of Gondor
Legolas LoranDeSore
Legolas, an Elf prince of the Woodland Realm
Gimli
Gimli, a Dwarf of Erebor

Translations[]

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Genootskap van die Ring
Albanian Bashkësia e Unazës
Amharic ቀለበቱን መካከል ኅብረት
Arabic رفقة الخاتم (Refqat Al-Khatem)
Armenian Մատանու եղբայրությունը
Asturian Compañía del Aniellu
Azerbaijani Üzük Təqaüd
Belarusian Cyrillic Брацтва Пярсцёнка
Bengali আংটির সাথী
Bosnian Prstenova Družina
Bulgarian Cyrillic Задругата на пръстена
Cambodian ការប្រកបនៃចិញ្ចៀន
Catalan Germandat de l'Anell
Cantonese 研究金的戒指
Cebuano Pagpakig-ambit sa mga Singsing
Chinese (Hong Kong) 魔戒遠征隊
Corsican Fraterna di L'anellu
Croatian Prstenova Družina
Czech Společenstvo Prstenu
Danish Eventyret om Ringen
Dutch Reisgenootschap van de Ring
Esperanto Kunularo de l' Ringo
Estonian Sõrmuse Vennaskond
Filipino Pakikisama ng Singsing
Finnish Sormuksen saattue
French Communauté de l’Anneau
Frisian Selskip fan de Ring (Western)
Friulian Compagnie dal Anel
Galician Irmandade do Anel
Georgian ბეჭდის საძმო
German Gemeinschaft des Ringes
Greek Συντροφιά του Δαχτυλιδιού
Gujarati રીંગ ફેલોશિપ
Haitian Creole Bourse de Bag
Hebrew אחוות הטבעת
Hindi फेलोशिप ऑफ द रिंग
Hungarian A Gyűrű Szövetsége
Indonesian Sembilan Pembawa Cincin
Irish Gaelic Comhaltacht an Fáinne
Italian Compagnia dell'Anello
Japanese 旅の仲間
Kannada ರಿಂಗ್ ಫೆಲೋಶಿಪ್
Kazakh Сақина бауырластығы (Cyrillic) Saqïna bawırlastığı (Latin)
Korean 반지 원정대
Kurdish کۆمپانیای ئەڵقەکە (Sorani) Rêhevala Gustîlê (Kurmanji)
Laotian ບໍລິສັດຂອງວົງການ
Latin Comitatus Anuli
Latvian Stipendiju no Ringā
Lithuanian Žiedo Brolija
Luxembourgish Gesellschaft vum Rank
Macedonian Cyrillic Дружината на прстенот
Malagasy Firaisana amin'ny Peratra
Malaysian Persahabatan Cincin
Malayalam റിംഗ് കൂട്ടായ്മ
Marathi रिंग शिष्यवृत्ती
Mongolian Cyrillic Бөгжний ахан дүүс
Norwegian Ringens brorskap
Occitan Comunautat de l'anèl
Old English Fēolagascipe þæs Hringes
Pashto رنګ ملګري
Persian یاران حلقه
Polish Drużyna Pierścienia
Portuguese Sociedade do Anel (Brazil)
Punjabi ਰਿੰਗ ਦੇ ਸੰਗਤ
Romanian Frăția Inelului
Russian Братство Кольца
Sanskrit रिंगस्य फेलोशिप
Sardinian Cumpangia de s'Aneddu
Scots Fellaeship o the Ring
Scottish Gaelic Comann na Fàinne
Serbian Дружина прстена (Cyrillic) Družina Prstena (Latin)
Sicilian Cumpagnia di l'Anellu
Sindhi انگن جي ساٿي
Sinhalese මුද්දේ සහොදරත්වය
Slovak Spoločenstvo Prsteňa
Slovenian Bratovščina Prstana
Somali Wehelnimada ee Giraanta
Spanish Comunidad del Anillo
Swahili Ushirika wa Pete
Swedish Ringens Brödraskap
Tamil மோதிரத்தை கூட்டுறவு
Telugu ఫెలోషిప్ ఆఫ్ ది రింగ్
Thai คณะพันธมิตรแห่งแหวน
Turkish Yüzük Kardeşliği
Turkmen Ýüzügiň Doganlygy
Ukrainian Cyrillic Братство Кільця
Urdu رفاقت کی انگوٹی
Uzbek Рингнинг дўстлари (Cyrillic) Ringning do'stlari (Latin)
Vietnamese Hiệp hội của Nhẫn
Welsh Cymrodoriaeth y Cylch
Yiddish כאַווערשאַפט פון די רינג
Yoruba Idapọ ti Oruka
Zulu Ubuzalwane Bendandatho

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