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The Tour: Rivendell

Rivendell "Welcome to Rivendell! This is where Elrond Halfelven lives, a truly legendary character in the history of Middle-Earth. Rivendell is a place of great mystique and history. It is also called "The Last Homely House". It has often served its purpose as place of rest, council and help. Let's begin by taking a look at the Rivendell Valley. I can still remember the first time I came here: "I could hear the voice of hurrying water in a rocky bed at the bottom; the scent of trees was in the air; and there was a light on the valley-side across the water. I never forgot how I slithered and slipped in the dusk down the zig-zag path into the secret valley of Rivendell, the first time I came here. The air grew warmer as I got lower, and the smell of the pine-trees made me drowsy. The trees changed from beech and oak, and there was a comfortable feeling in the twilight."



At the Ford Frodo's arrival in Rivendell
Frodo had a much less peacefull arrival in Rivendell. In fact, if I remember correctly he barely made it. As Frodo tried to make it to Rivendell, he was being chased by the the Black Riders, the Nazgul. At the end of the journey they almost caught him at the Ford of Rivendell. Luckily Glorfindel, an elvenlord sent by Elrond, had given his horse to Frodo to ride on. The horse crossed the Ford with amazing speed, leaving the nine Black Riders on the other bank. As they tried to cross they were flooded away by waves that looked like white riders, a magic touch added by Gandalf. Frodo lost his consciousness, however, and woke up in the House of Elrond, where he regained his strength."



The Council of Elrond The Council of Elrond
(AUDIO: Frodo offers to take the Ring)
The Council of Elrond was one of the most important events in the history of Middle-Earth. It was during this meeting that all enemies of Sauron gathered to share knowledge and to come up with a plan to destroy the One Ring and the power of Sauron. It was during this meeting that The Fellowship of the Ring was formed. This is how Elrond put it in words: "The Company of the Ring shall be Nine; and the Nine Walkers shall be set against the Nine Riders that are evil. With you and your faithful servant, Gandalf will go; for this shall be his great task, and maybe the end of his labours. For the rest, they shall represent the other Free Peoples of the World: Elves, Dwarves and Men. Legolas shall be for the Elves; and Gimli son of Gloin for the Dwarves. For men you shall have Aragorn son of Arathorn, for the Ring of Isildur concerns him closely..."

"Moria is the next stop on our tour, are you ready to go?"

Sure Bilbo, let's go to Moria...
Show me the map again, I want to go somewhere else...
I am getting tired, let's stop this tour...




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Pictures in order of appearance
Rivendell: Ted Nasmith
At the Ford: Ted Nasmith
Elrond's Council: Alan Lee

Audio: Colin Dalziel - Link: http://www.coldal.org.uk/quotes.htm

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