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In the year S.R. 1418
Gandalf meets Aragorn at Sarn Ford and informs him that Frodo will be leaving for Rivendell in September.
Gandalf breakfasts at Bag End, having arrived yesterday after an absence of more than nine years. He explains to Frodo that the magic ring Bilbo left him is in fact the Ruling Ring of Sauron, forged long ago so that through it his will could dominate the Three Rings of the Elves and, eventually, all of Middle-earth. Frodo accepts that he will have to leave the Shire with the Ring, and when Sam is caught eavesdropping Gandalf designates him as Frodo's travelling companion.
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In the year S.R. 1419
After resting a week beneath the trees of Lórien, Elrond and Arwen leave to continue their journey south to Minas Tirith where he will give her hand to the King in marriage. They are joined by Galadriel and Celeborn, who will also visit Minas Tirith to see this last betrothal between Elves and Men.
Having left Rivendell at the beginning of May, Elrond and Arwen reach Lórien after coming safely over the Redhorn Pass and down the Silverlode.
A week after the coronation of the King, the new King Éomer leaves Minas Tirith with his sister Éowyn to return to Edoras and set in order his own kingdom. He will also prepare a new mound at the foot of the city to receive the body of King Théoden when his body returns to Edoras in two months; in the meantime Théoden lies in state in the White Tower.
Frodo and his companions remain in Minas Tirith at the insistence of Aragorn, who awaits the riding of the High Elves in which Elrond will bring his bride Arwen now that he has become the King Elessar.
Elrond leaves Rivendell with his daughter Arwen for the two-month journey south to Minas Tirith where he will give her in marriage to the King.
First Frodo and then Sam wake on beds in Ithilien, where they have lain for almost two weeks after being rescued from the eruption of Orodruin that followed the destruction of the Ring. Gandalf leads them to the Field of Cormallen where Aragorn honors them in front of all the gathered hosts of Gondor, Rohan, and Arnor. At dinner they see their old companions Legalas and Gimli, and discover that both Merry and Pippin are now soldiers of Gondor and of the Mark.
On this day of the Elven new-year, the Lord Celeborn, whose forces have been destroying the fortress of Dol Guldur in southern Mirkwood, meets the Elven-King Thrandul who is leading his army south after successfully defeating the Orcs who assaulted his realm. Having cleased Mirkwood of its evil, they will rename it the Wood of Greenleaves.
Having withstood three assaults upon Lórien from the fortress of Dol Guldur, the Lord Celeborn leads his Elves across the Anduin into southern Mirkwood and beings the destruction of the fortress.