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Council of Elrond

The Council of Elrond was held at Rivendell on November 25, Third Age 3019 to discuss the Rings of Power, especially the One Ring, and to answer questions of various groups of Free Peoples. Those in attendance included Elrond who presided, Gandalf, Glorfindel, Erestor and other counselors of Elrond's household, Frodo, Bilbo, Sam, who was not invited, Glin and Gimli, come to seek counsel for the Dwarves of Erebor, Galdor, representing Crdan, Legolas, representing Thranduil, and Boromir, who had come to Rivendell seeking the answer to a dream he and Faramir had had. The Council learned the State of the West and Sauron's preparations for war, the treachery of Saruman, and the escape of Gollum and the history of the Rings and Sauron's attempts to recover the One. The outcome of the Council was the decision to destroy the Ring in the Sammath Naur, and Frodo's undertaking of this Quest.

Farewell Party

The Farewell Party was a birthday party held in the Party Field on September 22, Third Age 3001, to celebrate the eleventy-first birthday of Bilbo and the coming of age of Frodo. The Party was quite spectacular, with 144 guests, huge amounts of food, fireworks by Gandalf, and presents made as far away as Erebor. Toward the end of the Party, Bilbo put on the One Ring and disappeared from the Shire.

Great Journey

The Great Journey was the migration of the Eldar from Cuivinen to Eldamar early in the First Age. The Journey took many years, for the Eldar, loving the beauty of Middle-earth, tarried frequently, despite the urging of Orom and their chieftains, Ingw, Finw, Elw, and Olw . The Vanyar marched first, followed by the Noldor; the more numerous Teleri straggled behind. After passing around the northern end of the Sea of Helcar the Eldar turned west, and some abandoned the Journey. But most reached the Vales of Anduin after many years, and Orom led the Vanyar and Noldor across the Misty Mountains. The Teleri hesitated, and many of them, known as the Nandor, went south down Anduin. Finally the remaining Eldar gathered in Beleriand, the Teleri as usual farthest east. The Vanyar and Noldor were floated to Eldamar by Ulmo on the island which later became Tol Eressa. Later many of the Teleri, led by Olw , also crOssd on this island, which was then anchored in the Bay of Eldamar. Teleri remained in Beleriand, where they became known as the Sindar.

Last Riding of the Keepers of the Rings

The Last Riding was a procession from Rivendell to the Grey Havens in September, the Third Age 3021. The company was composed of Galadriel, Elrond, Bilbo, and many Elves, including Gildor. Frodo and Sam joined the Last Riding in the Green Hills, and Gandalf at the Havens. All the riders, except Sam, then sailed over Sea.

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