Frodo and his hobbit friends are pursued by sinister riders in black, undead and cursed servants of the enemy, for their journey alone. They are also stripped and held captive by Barrow-wights in caves. Frodo is stabbed and nearly dies. The Fellowship faces danger in a snowstorm, from hungry wolves, and then in the creepy, dark mining caves of Moria pursued by orcs and trolls and then a demon; they lose one in their company and mourn. They fight with swords, bows, and some magic. An inner battle is waged at the same time, debilitating anyone who has been a ring-bearer; a story is told of Gollum first strangling a friend who found the ring.