Barliman's Chat This Saturday at 6pm ET, we continue our Fellowship of the Ring read-through in Hall of Fire with the second half of the Council of Elrond chapter.

At last with an effort he spoke, and wondered to hear his own words, as if some other will was using his small voice.

“I will take the Ring,” he said, “though I do not know the way.”

FoTR: Book Two, Chapter Two — The Council of Elrond

In our earlier discussion we heard and analysed the proofs of the Ring — that it is the One Ring that Sauron made to control all others.

Now the Council of Elrond must decide what to do with it. Such is the gravity of the situation that the council vacillates for long hours over the best course of action.

Should it be destroyed, as Gimli the dwarf wishes? Should it be used as a tool against Sauron as Boromir prefers? Or should it be cast back into the deepest sea, and beyond the reach of any member of Middle-earth? Elrond counsels none of these. He suggests to send the Ring to Orodruin. To unmake it and destroy the foundation of Sauron’s power.

If Gandalf and Elrond are right to reject solutions that would simply pass the problem along, why do the others of the council take so long to be convinced?

And when Bilbo asks who the members of the Ringquest will be, why is Frodo the only one to speak up?

Join us tomorrow (May 5) at 6.00pm ET (New York time), when we’ll discuss all this and much more as we continue our Fellowship of the Ring read-through!

The Council of Elrond by Alan Lee.

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