- 1997: Don Messick, the voice actor of Balin, Tom, Goblin, Orc, Gwaihir in The Hobbit (1977 animated film), died in USA at the age of 71.
- The Elves learn of Smaug's fall.
- The people of Esgaroth struggle to find shelter and food.
- The thirteen dwarves, having survived Smaug's attack, are locked within Erebor.
- Frodo recovers from his wound in Rivendell and meets Glóin, the Twin brothers Elladan and Elrohir, and talks to Strider again. Later that evening, he meets his beloved uncle Bilbo at the Hall of Fire finding out where he had been since his disappearance seventeen years ago.
- Boromir arrives in Rivendell.
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