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13. Chapter 13

 

The next day a Council meeting was being held to decide on what to do with the Ring. "Strangers from distant lands, friends of old. You have been summoned here to answer the threat of Mordor. Middle-Earth stands upon the brink of destruction. None can escape it. You will unite or you will fall. Each race is bound to this fate, this one doom" Lord Elrond address the Council, "Bring forth the Ring, Frodo" Lord Elrond says to the hobbit. Frodo walks over to the stone plinth that is in the middle of the meeting and sets the Ring down, "So it is true" I hear a man whisper and look over to him. "In a dream, I saw the Eastern sky grow dark. In the West a pale light lingered. A voice was crying, your doom is near at hand. Isildur's bane is found" the same man says as he stands up, "Isildur's Bane" he whispers again and reaches for the Ring, "Boromir!" Elrond shouts his name as he jumps to his feet. Suddenly the sky darkens "Ash nazg durbatuluk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatuluk, ash burzum-ishi krimpatul" Gandalf says in Black Speech (One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to fine them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them) the sky clears and Boromir sits down in shock. "Never before has anyone uttered words of that tongue here in Imladris" Elrond says horrified and angered, "I do not ask your pardon Master Elrond for the Black Speech of Mordor may yet be heard in every corner of the West.The Ring is altogether evil" Gandalf says and sits back down. "Aye it is a gift!" Boromir whispers, "A gift to the foes of Mordor. Why not use the Ring? Long has my father, the Steward of Gondor kept the forces of Mordor at bay. By the blood of our people are your lands kept safe. Give Gondor the weapon of the enemy, let us use it against him" Boromir suggests as he stands up and walks around, this is a terrible idea. "You cannot wield it, none of us can" I tell him, "The One Ring answers to Sauron alone. It has no other master" Aragorn finishes beside me. "And what would a ranger and a She-elf know of the matter?" Boromir asks scathingly, I stand up quickly and Aragorn latches onto my wrist "This is no mere Ranger. He is Aragorn, son of Arathorn. You owe him your allegiance" I say. Legolas stands up and points to me "And she is no common She-elf. She is Naevys, daughter of Galadriel" he tells everybody. Lord Elrond, Gandalf, Legolas and the elves that traveled with him, bow their heads to me in respect. Frodo looks at us amazed while Boromir looks at Aragorn in disbelief, "Aragorn! This...is Isildur's heir?" he questions "And heir to the throne of Gondor" Legolas and I say at the same time "Havo dad, Legolas a Naevys" Aragorn tells us (Sit down, Legolas and Naevys) we both slowly sit down as Boromir continues to stare at Aragorn and I. "Gondor has no King. Gondor needs no King" he says and sits down. "Naevys and Aragorn are right. We cannot use it" Gandalf agrees with us, "You have only one choice. The Ring must be destroyed" Lord Elrond declares. "Then what are we waiting for?" a dwarf says as he stands up with his axe and brings it down on the Ring, the dwarf is flung backwards with a shattered axe but the One Ring remains undamaged. "The Ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli son of Gloin, by any craft we here possess. The Ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom. Only there it can be unmade. It must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came. One of you, must do this" Elrond tells us as a silence falls over the Council. "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its black gates are guarded by more than just orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep and the great eye is every watchful. Tis a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust. The very air you breath is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this. It is folly" Boromir says, he has a point but it needs to be done for the sake of Middle-Earth. "Have you heard nothing Lord Elrond has said? The Ring must be destroyed" Legolas repeats as he jumps to his feet, "And I suppose you think you're the one to do it?" Gimli questions him. "And if we fail what then? What happens when Sauron takes back what is his?" Boromir questions as he stands up, "I will be dead before I see the Ring in the hands of an elf" Gimli tells us which starts an argument between Elves and Dwarves. The men join in among the arguing and talking, all except for Lord Elrond, Aragorn, Frodo and I. "Never trust an elf!" I hear Gimli shout and I tighten my hold on Aragorn's hand as we have not let go. "I will take it" I hear Frodo's voice speak out, "Frodo" I whisper his name "I will take it!" he repeats but louder this time and everyone stops talking, all looking at him in awe. "I will take the Ring to Mordor. Tho, I do not know the way" Frodo says, "I will help you bear this burden Frodo Baggins, as long it is yours to bear" Gandalf says and stands behind him, Aragorn tugs on my hand and we both stand up. "If by our life or death we can protect you, we will" I say and we walk over and kneel before the little hobbit, "You have our swords" Aragorn tells him and we stand beside Gandalf. "And you have my bow" Legolas says and joins my side "And my axe" Gimli says and stands next to Legolas, who grimaces. "You carry the fate of us all little one. If this is indeed the will of the Council, then Gondor will see it done" Boromir says and stands behind Gimli, "Hey!" a voice shouts and in runs Sam "Mr Frodo's not going anywhere with out me" Sam says as he stands on Frodo's right. "No indeed it is hardly possible to separate you, even when he is summoned to a secret council and you are not" Lord Elrond says, "Oi! We're coming too!" Merry shouts as he and Pippin run in and join Frodo's left side. "You'd have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop us" Merry tells Elrond, "Anyway you need people of intelligence on this sort of mission...quest...thing" Pippin says "Well that rules you out Pip" Merry tells him. Elrond looks at the ten of us, "Ten companions...so be it! You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring" he announces "Great! Where are we going?" Pippin asks. 


 

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