The Council of Elrond is the second chapter of Book Two of The Fellowship of the Ring.
The Council of Elrond was an important political gathering attended by many people. During the meeting, Gandalf tells the story of his escape from Saruman. Ultimately, the members of council decide that the ring must be destroyed, and Frodo offers to take it himself to Mordor.
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In Peter Jackson's Fellowship of the Ring film, the only characters who speak, other than Elrond himself, are mostly Gandalf, Aragorn, Boromir, Gimli and Legolas. Other members of Elrond's household like Erestor, Figwit and Glorfindel are omitted. There are no signs of talking about the current War and of Gollum's escape in Mirkwood. In addition to this, it was not only Sam who was eavesdropping, but also Merry and Pippin.