The Fellowship of the Ring

The Fellowship of the Ring

by

J.R.R. Tolkien

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Isildur Character Analysis

Son of Elendil, and Aragorn’s ancestor, Isildur triumphed over Sauron by cutting the One Ring from his hand in the final stages of the Siege of Barad-dûr. He then refused to destroy the Ring, keeping it for his own use. Orcs killed Isildur sometime after the War of the Last Alliance, and the ring was lost to the River Anduin.
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Isildur Character Timeline in The Fellowship of the Ring

The timeline below shows where the character Isildur appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Book 2, Chapter 2
Good vs. Evil Theme Icon
Courage, Heroism, and Selflessness Theme Icon
Free Will, Fate, and Foresight Theme Icon
...includes a riddle with mention of a Sword that was Broken, a “Halfling” (hobbit), and “Isildur’s Bane.” (full context)
Free Will, Fate, and Foresight Theme Icon
History and Myth Theme Icon
...sheath at his side. Elrond tells Boromir of Aragorn’s lineage as the direct descendant of Isildur, the ancient king of Gondor who cut the Ring from Sauron’s hand during the War... (full context)
Book 2, Chapter 9
Courage, Heroism, and Selflessness Theme Icon
...stand over the River Anduin. These are carved in the likeness of his ancestors—the brothers Isildur and Anarion, who jointly ruled Gondor. Frodo agrees with Aragorn’s plan, and Boromir decides to... (full context)