Shadows of Twilight: An Elrond Fansite


Part 5: The Return of the Shadow and the End of the Third Age

Elrond in The Fellowship of the Ring movieIn III.2463 the chiefs among the Eldar and the Istari formed the White Council, for they perceived that a power was growing in Dol Guldur, in Mirkwood. Within the council, there was a particularly strong alliance between Elrond and Gandalf. When Gandalf discovered that the growing power was in fact Sauron, he and Elrond urged the council to take swift action, but they were overruled by the council of Saruman. Elrond remained uneasy, for he foresaw that the One Ring would be found, and that war would come again to Middle-earth.

In the story of the finding of the Ring, as told in The Hobbit, Elrond plays a small part, for Gandalf leads Bilbo and the dwarves to Rivendell where they meet Elrond, and he deciphers the hidden runes on Thorin's map.

In III.3018 Frodo, accompanied by Sam, Merry and Pippin, and guided by Aragorn, brought the Ring to Rivendell. Elrond's aid was crucial, for he was able to heal Frodo of the wound inflicted by the Nazgūl on Weathertop, and he also caused the river to rise up and sweep away the Black Riders as they pursued Frodo across the Ford of Bruinen. Elrond summoned the Council of Elrond to decide the fate of the Ring, and appointed the Fellowship to accompany Frodo on his quest.

After the One Ring was destroyed, all that had been wrought with the three elven rings began to fade. Elrond at last grew weary of Middle-earth, and in III.3021 sailed with the other Ring-bearers across the Sea to the Undying Lands. With their passing the Third Age ended in Middle-earth.

Compiled primarily from information in "The Silmarillion", "The Hobbit", and "The Lord of the Rings" and its appendices, with reference also to "Unfinished Tales" and "The Tale of Years".

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