The Council of Elrond

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"Then what are we waiting for?" A dwarf asked standing from his seat. The dwarf grabbed his axe and swung it at the Ring. When the axe made contact with the Ring however, it shattered into pieces showering the floor with shards of clattering metal.

"The Ring cannot be destroyed, Gimli son of Gloin, by any craft that we here possess. The Ring was made in the fires of Mount Doom, only there can it be unmade. "It must be taken deep into Mordor and cast back into the fiery chasm from whence it came, one of you must do this." The council was silent. Legolas pressed his lips together, thought flashing through his head.

"One does not simply walk into Mordor. It's Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep." Legolas turned his face expressionless as he watched the man of Gondor speak. "And the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire, and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume. Not with ten thousand men could you do this." Boromir was shaking his head. "It is folly." Legolas launched himself from his chair, finally deciding he needed to say something.

"Have you heard nothing Lord Elrond just said? The Ring must be destroyed!"

"And I suppose you think you're the one to do it!" Legolas turned his gaze to Gimli, who had spoken to him.

"And if we fail? What then?" Boromir asked getting up from his seat. "What happens when Sauron takes back what is his?" Gimli pushed himself up from his seat.

"I will be dead before I see the Ring in the hands of an Elf!" Legolas tried to remain calm as angry as the dwarf was making him. "Never trust an Elf!" And the council exploded, everyone yelling.

"I will take the Ring to Mordor," Frodo said confidence dripping from his voice. "Though," He said quieter, the confidence only taking him so far. "I do not know the way."

"I will help you bear this burden, Frodo Baggins." Gandalf walked towards him and patted his shoulder gently in a reassuring type of way. "As long as it is yours to bear."

"By my life, or death," Aragorn said pushing himself up from his chair and approaching the Hobbit. "I can protect you, I will. You have my sword." He kneeled in front of Frodo before standing up again and taking his place beside Gandalf.

"And you have my bow." Legolas said, walking towards the Hobbit, a smile on his face.

"And you have my axe," Gimli said, his face showing just how proud he was of the Hobbit. He walked forward and stood next to Legolas, who stiffened slightly, but made an effort to relax.

"You carry the fates of us all little one," Boromir said stepping forward and making his way towards our grouping. "If this is indeed the will of the council, then Gondor will see it done."

"Hey!" Another Hobbit ran on to the stoned platform, standing next to Frodo and taking his hand. "Mr. Frodo's not going anywhere without me."

"No indeed, it is hardly possible to separate you two, even though one of you was invited to a secret council and the other was not." Elrond said and the Hobbit looked down, blushing.

"Wait! We're coming too!" A voice called and two more Hobbit ran forward to stand next to Frodo. Elrond was clearly not happy, but he let them pass without saying anything. "You'll have to send us home tied up in a sack to stop us!"

"Besides, you need people of intelligence in this sort of mission... quest... thing," The fourth Hobbit, Pippin Legolas soon learned, said.

"Well that rules you out, Pip." The third Hobbit,Merry, said.

"Nine companions." Elrond said staring at us, eyes misty. "So be it." His eyes cleared and he was staring at us more intently now. "You shall be the Fellowship of the Ring."

"Right." Said "Pip". "Where are we going?"  Merry gave him another look of horror while most of the Fellowship laughed and shook their heads.

Tell my father my choice, Forn.

You forget I cannot speak to your father without you as a translator. No he will have to find out from someone other than I. But do not expect me to go back to Mirkwood like a tame pet. I will follow you, even if it happens to be the death of me.

Do not make this difficult for me. I cannot let you come with me.

I cannot let you go alone, little one. You have no choice in the matter. I promise to eat anyone who tells me that I cannot.

Legolas chucked. Your humour disgusts me.

That is because you are an elf.

Fair enough.

"Legolas," Elrond said. "If I may speak with you." Legolas nodded ignoring the look he got from Aragorn, followed Elrond. Lord Elrond lead him out to where they both had a view of the mountains.

"I am afraid you going means we have unknowingly added a tenth member to the Fellowship," Elrond stated. Legolas griminanced.

"I couldn't stop her," He admitted. Elrond nodded, not seeming quite bothered by the fact of the tenth member.

"Perhaps that is what the Fellowship needs, dragon power."

I would like to speak to this elvish lord.

"Lord Elrond, Forn would like to speak with you. I will simply translate everything she wishes to say to you." Elrond nodded at Legolas' words and gestured for him to go ahead.

"She would like to thank you for letting her rest in the mountains, or letting her continue to rest there after you found out she was there and... Forn, I cannot say that." Legolas put his head down and felt the blush creeping onto his cheeks.

"Say what?" Elrond asked chuckling slightly.

"And she would like you to realize that she will tear you from limb to limb if anything happens to me on this quest you sent us on. She would also like to mention that she would like to reveal herself to my companions, she feels that it is only right that she meets them."

"Well Forn," Elrond said. "There is no need to thank me for letting you rest in the mountains, I would gladly let you continue to stay there anytime you or Legolas decide to visit Rivendell, although I am afraid I cannot make your rooms closer together. There is simply no room for a dragon in Rivendell. As for your threat, I cannot promise that Legolas will be perfectly safe, however you must keep in mind I did not ask him to join the Fellowship of the Ring, that was his choice and his choice alone. Thirdly, yes, I do agree with the fact the the members of the Fellowship of the Ring should be aware of your presence, if you are to be joining them, then they should know it... Does she wish to say anything else?" Legolas nodded slowly.

"She says to ready the Fellowship, because she is on her way." Elrond laughed and walked briskly to where the Fellowship was still gathered.

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