Witch-king wounds Frodo at Weathertop
Event Type: Military/Strategic
Age: 3rd Age - Ring War
Date: October 6, 3018
An event in the Attack on the Camp at Weathertop; see that entry for an overview.
Frodo thought that he heard a faint hiss as of venomous breath and felt a thin piercing chill. Then the shapes slowly advanced....
Frodo was... quaking as if he was bitter cold, but his terror was swallowed up in a sudden temptation to put on the Ring.... He shut his eyes and struggled for a while; but resistance became unbearable, and at last he... slipped the Ring on....
Immediately, though everything else remained... dim and dark, the shapes became terribly clear.... There were five tall figures: two standing on the lip of the dell, three advancing. In their white faces burned keen and merciless eyes...; in their haggard hands were swords of steel.... Desperate, he drew his own sword, and it seemed to him that it flickered red, as if it was a firebrand. Two of the figures halted. The third was taller than the others: his hair was long and gleaming and on his helm was a crown. In one hand he held a long sword, and in the other a knife; both the knife and the hand that held it glowed with a pale light. He sprang forward and bore down on Frodo.
At that moment Frodo threw himself forward on the ground, and he heard himself crying aloud: O Elbereth! Gilthoniel! At the same time he struck at the feet of his enemy. A shrill cry rang out in the night; and he felt a pain like a dart of poisoned ice pierce his left shoulder.... [He] swooned.... With a last effort Frodo, dropping his sword, slipped the Ring from his finger and closed his right hand tight upon it.
The Fellowship of the Ring, LoTR Book 1, Ch 11, A Knife in the Dark
Elena Tiriel 7Jul06, 15Jul06