A Knife in the Dark
Chapter Information
Title A Knife in the Dark
Number 11
Location Bree, Weathertop
Characters Frodo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Pippin, Merry, Strider, Bill Ferny, Ringwraiths
Previous Strider
Next Flight to the Ford

A Knife in the Dark is the eleventh chapter of Book One of The Fellowship of the Ring.


The hobbits with Strider set out from Bree on foot, after their horses had fled at the arrival of the Black Riders. The Riders had attacked the beds which they were supposed to be staying in, though in vain, as Strider had the four hobbits stay in another room. They buy a pony from Bill Ferny, and then pass through the Midgewater Marshes, and reach Weathertop. There they are attacked by five Black Riders; Frodo puts on the ring to escape them, and is stabbed in the shoulder by the Witch-king of Angmar, leader of the nine Ringwraiths.

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