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Tokens of Frodo's Capture

Type: Artifacts


The personal belongings presented by the Mouth of Sauron at the parley before the Black Gate to prove that Frodo was a captive:
Then at last [Sam] began to weep; and going to Frodo he composed his body..., and wrapped his cloak about him; and he laid his own sword at one side, and the staff that Faramir had given at the other.

'If I'm to go on,' he said, 'then I must take your sword, by your leave, Mr. Frodo, but I'll put this one to lie by you, as it lay by the old king in the barrow; and you've got your beautiful mithril coat from old Mr. Bilbo.'....

'[If]... Mr. Frodo's found, and that Thing's on him, well, the Enemy will get it.... No, it's sit here till they come and kill me over master's body, and gets It: or take It and go.'....

He stooped. Very gently he undid the clasp at the neck and slipped his hand inside Frodo's tunic..., and softly drew the chain over it.... Sam was convinced at last that Frodo had died and laid aside the Quest.

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 10, The Choices of Master Samwise

'Now, now,' growled Shagrat. 'I have my orders.... Any trespasser found by the guard is to be held at the tower. Prisoner is to be stripped. Full description of every article, garment, weapon, letter, ring, or trinket is to be sent to Lugbúrz at once, and to Lugbúrz only.'

The Two Towers, LoTR Book 4, Ch 10, The Choices of Master Samwise

Shagrat brings Frodo's cloak, mail-shirt, and sword to Barad-dûr.

The Lord of the Rings, Appendix B, The Tale of Years: The Third Age

'I have tokens that I was bidden to show to thee....' He signed to one of his guards, and he came forward bearing a bundle swathed in black cloths.

The Messenger put these aside, and there to the wonder and dismay of all the Captains he held up first the short sword that Sam had carried, and next a grey cloak with an elven-brooch, and last the coat of mithril-mail that Frodo had worn wrapped in his tattered garments.

The Return of the King, LoTR Book 5, Ch 10, The Black Gate Opens

Contributors: Elena Tiriel 31Jul06

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