This book chronicles the discovery that Bilbo Baggins' Ring (from the Hobbit) is in fact the One Ring of Power belonging to Sauron, the Dark Lord.
Bilbo, having aged and retiring to Rivendale, leaves the Ring with Frodo Baggins. Gandalf discovers the nature of the Ring and Frodo starts on a journey to destroy the Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. Along the way he stops at Rivendale and joins the Fellowship of the Ring, nine travelers against the nine Ringwraiths. The company include the wizard Gandalf the Grey, the Ranger Aragorn, the man of Gondor Boromir, Legolis the elf from the forests of Mirkwood, Gimli a dwarf and the son of Gloin, and the four hobbits Frodo, Sam, Merry and Pippin.
From out of the shadow a red sword leaped flaming.
Glamdring glittered white in answer.
There was a ringing clash and a stab of white fire. The Balrog fell back and its sword flew up in molten fragments. The wizard swayed in the bridge, stepped back a pace, and then again stood still.
'You cannot pass!' he said.
With a bound the Balrog leaped full upon the bridge. Its whip whirled and hissed.
'He cannot stand alone!' cried Aragorn suddenly and ran back along the bridge. 'Elendil!' he shouted. 'I am with you, Gandalf!'
'Gondor!' cried Boromir and leaped after him.
At that moment Gandalf lifted his staff, and crying aloud he smote the bridge before him. The staff broke asunder and fell from his hand. A blinding sheet of white flame sprang up. The bridge cracked. Right at the Balrog's feet it broke, and the stone upon which it stood crashed into the gulf, while the rest remained, poised, quivering like a tongue of rock thrust into the emptiness.
With a terrible cry the Balrog fell forward, and its shadow plunged down and vanished. But even as it fell it swung its whip, and the thongs lashed and curled about the wizard's knees, dragging him to the brink. He staggered and fell, grasped vainly at the stone, and slid into the abyss. 'Fly, you fools!' he cried, and was gone.
Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings
History of Middle-Earth
Hobbit, The (1977)
Lord of the Rings, The (1978)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The (2003)
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