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Isildur loses the One Ring to the Anduin in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields

Event Type: Artifacts

Age: 3rd Age - The Kings

Date: October 4, 0002

Description:

An event in the Disaster of the Gladden Fields; see that entry for an overview.
'[Isildur] leaped into the waters, but the Ring slipped from his finger as he swam, and then the Orcs saw him....'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past

[Strive] as he might he was ever swept down towards the tangles of the Gladden Fields... [Even] as he felt the stream slacken and had almost won across he found himself struggling among great rushes and clinging weeds. There suddenly he knew that the Ring had gone. By chance, or chance well used, it had left his hand and gone where he could never hope to find it again. At first so overwhelming was his sense of loss that he struggled no more, and would have sunk and drowned. But swift as it had come the mood passed. The pain had left him. A great burden had been taken away... [He heaved] himself up out of the mud....

Unfinished Tales, Part 3, Ch 1, The Disaster of the Gladden Fields

'[The] Ring was lost. It fell into the Great River, Anduin, and vanished.'....

'And there in the dark pools amid the Gladden Fields,' [Gandalf] said, 'the Ring passed out of knowledge and legend; and even so much of its history is known now only to a few, and the Council of the Wise could discover no more.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past

'A Ring of Power looks after itself.... It may slip off treacherously, but its keeper never abandons it....

'There was more than one power at work, Frodo. The Ring was trying to get back to its master. It had slipped from Isildur's hand and betrayed him; then when a chance came it caught poor Déagol, and he was murdered; and after that Gollum, and it had devoured him.'

The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 2, The Shadow of the Past

Contributors:
Elena Tiriel 25Jul06, 1Dec07

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