Council of ElrondCouncil of Elrond (3018 T.A.) - The meeting of the free peoples of Middle Earth to determine the fate of the Ring.


"Elrond was there, and several others were seated in silence about him.  Frodo saw Glorfindel and Glóin; and in a corner alone Strider was sitting, clad in his old travel-worn clothes again.  Elrond drew Frodo to a seat by his side, and presented him to the company, saying: 'Here, my friends, is the hobbit, Frodo son of Drogo.  Few have ever come hither through greater peril or on an errand more urgent.'  He then pointed out and named those whom Frodo had not met before.  There was a younger dwarf at Glóin's side: his son Gimli.  Beside Glorfindel there were several other counselors of Elrond's household, of whom Erestor was the chief; and with him was Galdor, an Elf from the Grey Havens who had come on an errand from Cirdan the Shipwright.  There was also a strange Elf clad in green and brown, Legolas, a messenger from his father, Thranduil, King of the Elves of Northern Mirkwood.  And seated a little apart was a tall man with a fair and noble face, dark-haired and grey-eyed, proud and stern of glance.  He was cloaked and booted as if for a journey on horseback; and indeed though his garments were rich, and his cloak was lined with fur, they were stained with long travel.  He had a collar of silver in which a single white stone was set; his locks were shorn about his shoulders.  On a baldric he wore a great horn tipped with silver that was now laid upon his knees.  He gazed at Frodo and Bilbo with sudden wonder.  'Here,' said Elrond, turning to Gandalf, 'is Boromir, a man from the South.  He arrived in the grey morning, and seeks for counsel.  I have bidden him to be present, for here his questions will be answered.'" ~The Fellowship of the Ring, Book II, chap. 2 (The Council of Elrond)