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War of the Ring

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The Skirmish at Weathertop was a minor conflict that occurred on Weathertop during the night of October 6, TA 3018 between the Nazgûl and the Fellowship, which consisted only of Aragorn and the hobbits at that time. It resulted in Frodo being stabbed by a Morgul-knife and only minor injuries sustained by the Nazgûl.



After Bilbo Baggins' 111th birthday party, the One Ring was passed onto his nephew, Frodo Baggins. After Gandalf returned from Gollum's interrogation, he ordered Frodo and Samwise Gamgee to flee from the Shire and meet him at The Prancing Pony in Bree. Upon leaving, Frodo and Sam met with Merry and Pippin, who decided to join them in their quest to Bree.

Strider and path to Weathertop

The hobbits reached The Prancing Pony and Gandalf was nowhere to be seen. After Frodo accidentally placed on the One Ring, Aragorn, disguised as a man named Strider, pulled Frodo to another section of The Prancing Pony to tell him that their journey is not over and they must journey to Rivendell where the ring will be in safer hands.

The group stopped at Weathertop as night was coming. As Aragorn left to gather more supplies and look out for intruders, the Nazgûl found the hobbits in a small dell near the watch-tower.[1]

The battle

Frodo Baggins Stabbed

Frodo stabbed by the Witch-king's Morgul-knife

At the sight of the Nazgûl, the hobbits froze in terror, Merry and Pippin throwing themselves down, and Sam staying close to Frodo. Despite Gandalf's warning not to use the Ring, Frodo was compelled to put it on, and drew his small sword. The Witch-king bore down on Frodo and pierced his shoulder with a Morgul-knife, though Frodo struck the Witch-king's foot in the process.

At that moment Strider returned and repelled the Nazgûl. Frodo fainted soon afterwards, but took off the Ring before losing consciousness completely. Aragorn was able to drive the rest of the Nazgûl off, but Frodo had sustained a wound that would haunt him in the years after.

The Nazgûl escaped but Frodo was left poisoned by the Witch-king's dagger and required healing from the Elves.[2]

Portrayal in adaptations

In The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, the Ringwraiths find the hobbits due to a campfire foolishly built, and chase them to the stone circle at the height of Weathertop. Sam attempts to fight the Nazgûl, but is thrown aside along with Merry and Pippin before the Witch-king stabs Frodo.



  1. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book I, Ch. X: "Strider"
  2. The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, Book One, Ch. XI: "A Knife in the Dark"
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