Frodo Baggins is a Hobbit living in a Hobbit village called Hobbiton. He lives with his uncle Bilbo Baggins ever since his parents died. Many years ago – before Frodo was born – Bilbo went on an adventure and when he returned he had a sweet suit of chain mail, an Elvish sword, and a gold ring that had some peculiar powers, such as turning the wearing invisible. He also became friends with a Wizard named Gandalf
On Bilbo’s 111th birthday he throws a big party, skips town and leaves Frodo everything he owns… including the Ring.
Later, Gandalf suspects that Bilbo’s Ring is actually the long-lost One Ring, a weapon forged by the current source of Evil in the world of Middle Earth, an evil being called Sauron. Around the same time, Sauron discovers that the One Ring may be located in a Hobbit village. Gandalf realizes that Frodo is now in terrible danger and counsels him to leave his village at once and head for the nearest Human town, called Bree, where he will meet them after visiting with the Head Wizard for advice.
Frodo heads out, picking up some Hobbit friends along the journey, notably Pippin Took, Merry Brandybuck, and his gardner, Sam Gamgee. They make it to Bree but not before encoutering Something Very Scary in the woods.
In Bree, they stay at the Inn and meet a suspicious looking man called Strider. They are confused because Gandalf isn’t there, and they don’t know what to do. Strider offers to lead them to Rivendell, a mountain refuge populated by Elves. A very wise Elf named Elrond runs the place.
In the night the inn is attacked by the Very Scary Mounted Creature Things (known now as Black Riders), and the hobbits become convinced they must trust Strider. They set off through the backcountry on their way to Rivendell.
Meanwhile, Gandalf visits the Head Wizard, also known as the White Wizard, also known by the name Saruman. He discovers to his exterme dismay that Saruman has turned evil and wants the Ring for himself. Wizard battle ensues, with Gandalf ending up trapped at the top of a tower by Saruman. He calls upon his friend the Eagle to free him.
Back to our intrepid hobbits:
One night they camp at an old ruin called Weathertop. Merry & Pippin f*ck things up by lighting a cooking fire. The Black Riders, which are tracking them, attack. Strider fends them off, but Frodo is stabbed by an enchanted blade, and becomes very ill.
They make all haste to Rivendell with the Black Riders in hot pursuit. Strider encounters an Elf woman who appears to know him. Her name is Arwen, and she is Elrond’s daughter. She takes Frodo and rides her horse as fast as she can toward the boundry of her father’s lands. The Black Riders give chase.
When she reaches the edge of her lands, at a river, she crosses with the Black Riders close behind. She calls up the Spirit of the river which overflows and dashes the Riders downriver. Hurrah! But Frodo is on the verge of death. Fade to black.
Frodo wakes up a few days later in a bed in Rivendell. He finds that Gandalf has returned and his friends have made it safely. Frodo also sees Bilbo, who gives him his sweet suit of armor and special sword.
Then there is a big council where Elrond tries to figure out what to do with the One Ring, since it is a source of all-corrupting Evil and Sauron is looking for it. All the free races of Middle-Earth – Elves, Men, Hobbits, and Dwarves – are in attendence. The conclusion is that it must be destroyed – by dropping it in the volcano in which it was forged, which is located is Sauron’s stronghold, called Mordor. Frodo volunteers to take it there. Representatives of all races step up to assist him. This group, consisting of Legolas the Elf, Gimli the Dwarf, Boromir the Human Guy, Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Gandalf and Strider, is known as the Fellowship of the Ring. All the non-hobbit members are warriors of some reknown and princes of their people.
Oh, Strider is revealed to have another name, which is Aragorn, and to be in a relationship with Arwen, the Elven princess.
The Fellowship sets off to cross the Misty Mountains.
Saruman sends an enchanted blizzard to prevent them from crossing the mountains at the usual spot. They decide to go underground, through the fallen city of the Dwarves, called Moria. Something bad happened to all the Dwarves that lived there, and no one really knowns what. T
They enter Moria. Everything’s going okay until Pippin f*cks it up again by making a loud noise. This attracts the local Orcs. After a brief battle with the orcs and their pet monster (a Cave Troll) the Orcs all flee before Something Really Scary Coming Up The Way.
It is the Balrog, a powerful demon that destroyed the Dwarven city. The Fellowship flees.
The Balrog catches them at a Bridge. Gandalf does battle with it, breaking the bridge and sending it down a very very deep abyss, but the Balrog brings Gandalf down with it.
The Fellowship are shocked and terrified by the death of their powerful leader. They flee through the last few rooms of Moria and emerge on the other side of the mountains. Aragorn assumes a leadership role and takes the demoralized party down to the Forest of Lothlorien, another place of the Elves.
They are allowed into Lothlorien even though the elves aren’t too keen on letting a dwarf in. The Queen of the Lothlorien elves is named Galadriel, and she is very powerful and wise. The party rests and is given equipment and boats by the elves. They set off downriver.
Remember how Saruman wanted the ring for himself? He has bred a race of Orc hybrids called Uruk-Hai and sent them on a mission to capture any Hobbiits they see.
One day, they stop just above a waterfall to decide where to go next. While gathering firewood, Frodo is confronted by Boromir, who is overcome with lust for the Ring. After this encounter, Frodo concludes that the Ring is too dangerous for his companions. He decides to steal one of the boats and go off on his own. Sam catches him at it and so they set off together.
Meanwhile, the Uruk-Hai attack the other party members. They go for Merry & Pippin, since their mission is to capture any Hobbits. Boromir tries to defend them, but is killed.
The remaining party members (Aragorn, Legolas the Elf, and Gimli the Dwarf) decide to follow the Uruk-Hai and free Merry & Pippin.
This is the end of The Fellowship of the Ring.