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T.A. 3018: The Company of the Ring stays in Rivendell preparing for the journey ahead.
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The Fellowship of the Ring
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Book I - Chapter 3
Three Is Company

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Soon Gandalf leaves again and the two hobbits prepare to depart the Shire. They decide that Rivendell will be their destination. To keep their real purpose secret, Frodo sells Bag End to the Sackville-Bagginses and informs everyone that he is moving to a new home at Crickhollow in Buckland. His good friend Merry Brandybuck sets off with the last cartload of his belongings, but Frodo wants to walk to his new home. He, Sam and Peregrin Took, better know as Pippin, begin the long walk to Buckland.

Unbeknownst to the three walkers, they barely miss being met and captured by a Black Rider, a Ringwraith, one of the nine lords of Men enslaved by the Ring of Sauron. Sauron has sent them out to find his Ring and return it and its bearer to him. Frodo, Sam and Pippin wander through the night not knowing that they are being pursued.

But they realize it the next afternoon when they are are nealy caught. As they are walking along an isolated country path, they hear a rider approaching. Not wanting to be seen, Frodo and his friends dive into the bushes just in time to see a dark rider on a horse stop at the very spot where they had just left the road. The Black Rider moves on but shows up again later just as the sun is setting. The Hobbits are nearly caught, and Frodo almost puts on the Ring, but they are saved when the Rider is frightened away by the approach of a band of High-Elves led by Gildor Inglorion.

Gildor seems to know something of Frodo's journey and invites the Hobbits to walk with him. The Elves take them to a wide glade in the forest, and Frodo tells Gildor of the mysterious dark riders that have been pursuing them along the road. The Elf warns that the Riders are to be avoided and feared. They are the most dangerous creatures in Middle-Earth save Sauron. He warns them to leave the road and seek Crickhollow by more hidden paths.

More afraid than ever, but comfortable and feeling safe in the company of the High-Elves, the Hobbits thank Gildor for his help and kindness and sleep safely in the forest glade.

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