The Great River is the 9th chapter of the 2nd book in The Fellowship of the Ring (novel).


After leaving Lothlórien the Fellowship embarks on water in boats given to them by the Lord and Lady of the Galadhrim, Celeborn and Galadriel. The chapter's title refers to the river Anduin, by which the company travels.

It is during this part of the journey that Boromir begins acting exceedingly strange; mumbling to himself and obsessing over Frodo.

Sooner than expected, the company arrives at the rapids of Sarn Gebir where they are ambushed by a host of Orcs waiting on the eastern bank of the river (the company speculates that they had been exposed to the Orcs by Gollum). The company struggles to paddle backward to escape the rapids and hasten to the western shore. The orc attack continues after they reach the shore and exit the boats, but the Fellowship quickly comes under the shadow of a great winged creature. Legolas fells the beast with single arrow which ends the attack.

After the attack, the company portages the rapids via the North Stair to Rauros-foot where they re-enter the Anduin and continue toward the falls.

Nearing the Falls of Rauros, the company pass the Argonath, a humbling experience particularly to the Hobbits and Boromir.

At last, the company arrives at Nen Hithoel where the river widens into a lake before the plunging over the falls; a location between Amon Lhaw to the East and Amon Hen to the West, the hills of hearing and of sight. It is here that they must decide whether to jouney on to Mount Doom or take the way to Minas Tirith.