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The Fellowship of the Ring
by J.R.R. Tolkien
Frodo Baggins Timeline and Summary
Frodo inherits the Ring from Bilbo on his thirty-third birthday, when he comes of age and Bilbo leaves the Shire. Frodo lives in peace for seventeen years. One year, Gandalf arrives with the bad news that Frodo's magic ring is actually the One Ring of the Dark Lord Sauron. What's more, Sauron knows that a Hobbit named Baggins, of the Shire, has the Ring. Frodo has to leave the Shire with the Ring to keep it safe. Gandalf also wants Sam, Frodo's loyal gardener, to go with him. Frodo buys a decoy house in Crickhollow, across the Brandywine River. He wants to convince people that he isn't really leaving the Shire, just moving a bit further away. On September 22nd, Frodo's birthday, he travels to the house at Crickhollow. Weirdly, Gandalf has not yet turned up to accompany Frodo. In Crickhollow, Frodo's cousins Merry and Pippin tell Frodo that they know he is trying to leave the Shire; they know why, and they want to accompany him and Sam. Frodo, Merry, Pippin, and Sam, set off for the Elf land of Rivendell. They are closely pursued by Black Riders from Sauron, looking for the One Ring. Frodo takes his friends on a shortcut through the Old Forest. Not a great idea: they almost die twice, thanks to evil trees and evil ghosts. Each time, they are saved by the mysterious Tom Bombadil. Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Pippin finally make it to the village of Bree. There, Frodo accidentally slips the Ring on while performing a song for a bunch of Bree-landers at The Prancing Pony inn. Luckily for Frodo, since he has caused so many disasters since starting this quest, a hero turns up to lead the Hobbits to Rivendell. This man is Aragorn, a Ranger of the North. Gandalf has left a letter at The Prancing Pony telling Frodo to trust him. Aragorn leads Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin out of Bree and into the wilderness on the way to Rivendell. They get ambushed by Black Riders, and Frodo takes a cursed stab-wound to the shoulder. He begins to fade into a wraith, but his strength of will keep him safe. One of the Elves of Elrond's household, Glorfindel, helps bring Frodo to safety in Rivendell. There, Frodo heals up from his awful stab wound. He reunites with Gandalf, who explains that he has been delayed by the betrayal of another Wizard, Saruman, who has joined Sauron's side. Now, the Ring quest has become even more urgent. At the Council of Elrond, the wise people assembled resolve that the Ring must be destroyed by bringing it to the fires of Mount Doom in Mordor. Frodo volunteers to take it, since it seems to be his fate to do so. Elrond appoints a Fellowship to accompany Frodo: Sam, Aragorn, Gandalf, Legolas (an Elf), Gimli (a Dwarf), Boromir (a man), Merry, and Pippin. These companions help Frodo get through the Misty Mountains (where they lose Gandalf) and into Lothlórien (where he meets Galadriel, who gives him a jewel filled with the light of the star Eärendil). But his companions can't protect Frodo from themselves. Boromir, seduced by the Ring, tries to take it from Frodo by force. Realizing the danger of the Ring to all of his friends, Frodo finally decides to take sole responsibility for the quest. He attempts to leave his friends behind and go east into Mordor. But faithful Sam follows Frodo, and Frodo is grateful for it. Now, Frodo and Sam are prepared to creep quietly into Mordor on their own. The most serious part of their quest has begun.