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Many Partings is the sixth chapter of Book Six of The Return of the King.


The Fellowship of the Ring rides north to Rohan, then Isengard, parting for the last time on Dol Baran. Gimli and Legolas head north to Fangorn Forest, Aragorn returns to his kingdom, the rest of the company heads north where they meet Saruman and Gríma Wormtongue, who were just released from Isengard; Galadriel and the Lothlórien Elves leave over the pass of Caradhras; the hobbits and Gandalf with Elrond and his household then arrive in Rivendell.


After many days, when the festivities are over, the Company sets out for Rivendell. Aragorn tells Frodo that he knows the hobbit wishes for nothing more than to return home. Frodo answers that he wishes first to stop off at Rivendell to visit Bilbo one last time, as the older hobbit will likely die soon. On the way, they stop at Rohan and bid farewell to Éomer, honoring the memory of Théoden. After a brief stay in Rohan, they set off again.

Arriving in Isengard, they meet Treebeard, the Ent leader who orchestrated the attack on Saruman in The Two Towers. The Ents had promised to guard Saruman’s tower of Orthanc, ensuring that the corrupt wizard would never escape. Treebeard tells them of the flight of many Orcs and the doom the Orcs met on The Wold. He relates that he reported news regularly to Saruman, who would come to the window of Orthanc to listen. But then the wizard started to 'wither' away. Treebeard, to Gandalf’s dismay, has released Saruman, for he did not wish to keep such a miserable creature caged. Gandalf warns Treebeard that Saruman still has the power of his voice—a power he has used to his advantage in the past.

Proceeding onward, the group comes upon an old, ragged man leaning on a staff. They recognize him as Saruman. Another beggar in his company is Gríma Wormtongue, his servant. The deposed Saruman is bitter but powerless. Galadriel and Gandalf offer Saruman mercy and reprieve. Their kindness irritates Saruman, who claims that with his demise, theirs will soon follow. After a few more days of slow and pleasant travel, Galadriel and Celeborn turn eastward and return home.

The remaining travelers reach Rivendell and the House of Elrond, and they find Bilbo. The old hobbit sits quietly in a small room, surrounded by bits of paper and pencils. The next day, all of Rivendell celebrates Bilbo's 129th birthday. After a fortnight, Frodo realizes that he must return to the Shire. Bilbo chooses to remain in Rivendell, for he is far too old for any more travel. Bilbo gives Frodo three books of collected lore entitled Translations from the Elvish, asking Frodo to finish editing them. Before Frodo leaves, Elrond takes the hobbit quietly aside, assuring him that in time he himself will visit the Shire, and he will bring Bilbo with him.


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  • Frodo, Sam, Pippin, Merry and Gandalf travel back to Rivendell.
  • Bilbo's 129th birthday.

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Songs and verses

  1. Out of doubt, out of dark
  2. The Road Goes Ever On


Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Baie skeidings
Albanian Shumë ndarje
Amharic በርካታ መለያየቶች
Arabic العديد من حالات الانفصال
Armenian Բազմաթիվ բաժանումներ
Azerbaijani Çoxsaylı ayrılıqlar
Basque Asko banantze
Belarusian Cyrillic Mногія падзелаў
Bengali অনেক বিচ্ছেদ
Bosnian Mnoga separacija
Bulgarian Cyrillic Много сепарация
Catalan Moltes separacions
Corsican Parechje separazioni
Croatian Mnogi separacije
Czech Mnoho separací
Danish Farvel til mange
Dari جدایی های متعدد
Dutch Veel scheidingen
Esperanto Multaj apartigoj
Estonian Palju eraldamine
Finnish Jäähyväisiä
French Nombreuses séparations
Galician Moitas separacións
Georgian მრავალრიცხოვანი განცალკევება
German Viele Abschiede
Greek Πολλοί διαχωρισμοί
Gujarati અસંખ્ય વિભાજનો
Hebrew הפרדות רבות
Hindi कई अलगाव
Hungarian Búcsúzik mindenki
Icelandic Margar aðgreiningar
Indonesian Banyak pemisahan
Italian Molte separazioni
Japanese 多くの分裂
Kannada ಹಲವು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕತೆಗಳು
Kazakh Көптеген бөлімдер (Cyrillic) Köptegen bölimder (Latin)
Korean 많은 분판
Latin Tot separationes
Latvian Daudz dalījumus
Lithuanian Daug skaidymai
Luxembourgish Vill Trennungen
Macedonian Cyrillic Многу одвојувања
Malagasy Maro ny fisarahantsika
Maltese Ħafna separazzjonijiet
Malaysian Banyak perpisahan
Marathi अनेक वियोग
Mongolian Cyrillic Олон салангид ?
Norwegian Mange separasjoner
Pashto ډیری جلا کول
Persian بسیاری از جدایی ها
Polish Wiele separacji
Portuguese Muitas Despedidas (Brazil)
Punjabi ਕਈ ਵਿਭਾਜਨ
Romanian Multe separări
Russian Множество расставаний
Serbian Многе сепарације (Cyrillic) Mnoge separacije (Latin)
Sinhalese බොහෝ වෙන්වීම්
Slovak Veľa separácií
Slovenian Veliko ločitev
Spanish Numerosas separaciones
Swahili Wengi kutenganishwa
Swedish Många separationer
Tajik Cyrillic Ҷудоҳои зиёд
Tamil பல பிரித்தல்
Telugu ఎన్నెన్నో విభజనలు
Thai แยกทางกันมากมาย
Turkish Birçok ayrılmalar
Turkmen Köp aýralyk
Urdu بہت سے علیحدگی
Vietnamese Nhiều phân tách
Yiddish פילע סעפּאַראַטיאָנס