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The King of the Golden Hall

The Two Towers chapters
Book III
  1. The Departure of Boromir
  2. The Riders of Rohan
  3. The Uruk-hai
  4. Treebeard
  5. The White Rider
  6. The King of the Golden Hall
  7. Helm's Deep
  8. The Road to Isengard
  9. Flotsam and Jetsam
  10. The Voice of Saruman
  11. The Palantír
Book IV
  1. The Taming of Sméagol
  2. The Passage of the Marshes
  3. The Black Gate is Closed
  4. Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit
  5. The Window on the West
  6. The Forbidden Pool
  7. Journey to the Cross-Roads
  8. The Stairs of Cirith Ungol
  9. Shelob's Lair
  10. The Choices of Master Samwise

The King of the Golden Hall is the sixth chapter of the third book in The Two Towers.

[edit] Summary

Now that Gandalf had returned from the dead, he served as the captain of the hunters. He led them to Théoden's halls, and told the guards that they had come back to return the horses that Éomer had lent them.

The four companions entered the hall after leaving their weapons behind, but they did not get a warm welcome. Théoden was reluctant to show gratitude; he said this was because Gandalf almost always brought bad news and asked for help. In truth, it was because Saruman had a secret hold on him in the form of his advisor, Gríma Wormtongue.

Gandalf freed Théoden from the wicked influence of Wormtongue. Gandalf then asked Théoden to release Éomer, who had been held prisoner of Wormtongue's counsel. Éomer returned and laid his sword at Théoden's feet. Théoden realized his mistake in trusting Wormtongue. He decided that he would himself lead the riders of Rohan against Saruman. Wormtongue was sent away.

Théoden gave Shadowfax to Gandalf. He proclaimed that Éowyn (his niece) was to rule in his place until he returned.