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The Great River is the ninth chapter of the Book Two of The Fellowship of the Ring.

PlotEdit

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. About this time The Fellowship notices Gollum following them down the Great River on a log; they reach the Falls of Rauros, where they must choose between travelling on the east or west bank of the river to pass the falls.

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 journey on to Mount Doom or take the way to Minas Tirith.

Translations around the worldEdit

Foreign Language Translated name
Afrikaans Die Groot Rivier
Albanian Lumi i Madh
Amharic ታላቁ ወንዝ
Arabic النهر العظيم
Armenian Մեծ գետը
Azerbaijani Böyük çay
Basque Ibai Handia
Belarusian Cyrillic Вялікая рака
Bengali গ্রেট নদী
Bosnian Velika rijeka
Bulgarian Cyrillic Великата река
Cambodian ទន្លេដ៏ធំ
Catalan El Gran Riu
Cebuano Ang Dakong Suba
Chinese 大河
Croatian Velika rijeka
Czech Velká řeka
Danish Den Store Flod
Dutch De Grote Rivier
Esperanto La Granda Rivero
Estonian Suur jõgi
Faroese Stóra á
Fijian Na Uciwai Levu
Filipino Ang Dakilang Ilog
Finnish Suuri virta
French Le Grand Fleuve
German Der Große Fluss
Greek Ο μεγάλος ποταμός
Gujarati મહાન નદી
Hebrew הנהר הגדול
Hindi महान नदी
Hungarian A Nagy folyó
Icelandic Hinn Mikli áin
Indonesian Sungai Besar
Irish Gaelic An Abhainn Mór
Italian Il Grande Fiume
Japanese 大きな川
Kannada ಗ್ರೇಟ್ ನದಿ
Kazakh Ұлы өзен (Cyrillic) Ulı özen (Latin)
Korean 그레이트 리버
Kyrgyz Cyrillic Улуу дарыя
Laotian ແມ່ນ້ໍາໃຫຍ່
Latvian Lielā upe
Lithuanian Didžioji upė
Luxembourgish De Grousse Floss
Macedonian Cyrillic Големата река
Malagasy Ny Renirano Lehibe
Malaysian Sungai besar
Maltese Il-Gran Xmara
Marathi ग्रेट नदी
Mongolian Cyrillic Агуу их гол
Nepalese ठूलो नदी
Norwegian Den Store Elven
Persian رودخانه بزرگ
Polish Wielka rzeka
Portuguese O Grande Rio
Punjabi ਮਹਾਨ ਦਰਿਆ
Romanian Marele Râu
Russian Великая Река
Samoan Le Vaitafe Tele
Scottish Gaelic An Abhainn Mhòr
Serbian Велика река (Cyrillic) Velika reka (Latin)
Sindhi عظيم درياء
Sinhalese මහා ගංගාව
Slovak Veľká rieka
Slovenian Velika reka
Somalian Webiga weyn
Spanish El Gran Rio
Swahili Mto Mkuu
Swedish Den Stora Floden
Tahitian Te Anavai Rahi
Tajik Cyrillic Дарёи калон
Tamil கிரேட் ரிவர்
Telugu ది గ్రేట్ రివర్
Thai แม่น้ำใหญ่
Turkish Büyük Nehir
Turkmen Beýik derýa
Ukrainian Cyrillic Велика річка
Urdu عظیم دریا
Uzbek Буюк дарё (Cyrillic) Buyuk daryo (Latin)
Vietnamese Sông lớn
Welsh Yr Afon Fawr
Xhosa UMlambo Omkhulu
Yiddish די גרויס טייך