Let’s hope PETA doesn’t care about those horses.
The scouts found eight dead horses in the river, meaning that the Ringwraiths were scattered, fleeing back to Mordor. This is good, but it also means it’s go time. Elrond summons Frodo, and confirms that he is willing to carry the ring. Frodo accepts. Elrond begins laying out the team that will accompany him. Sam, obviously, and also Gandalf. The rest shall represent the free peoples of Middle-earth. Legolas is first, for the elves.
Sadly, this means that there isn’t an “and my AXE!” moment. Sadness of life. This method of revealing the Fellowship is more of a draft, or like picking teams for kickball. Elrond’s the captain, and he’s already had Frodo volunteer to be, I don’t know, the catcher or something. Whatever is the suckiest position that no one wants to be. He comes in a package deal with Sam, so Elrond’s stuck there. Elrond also knows that Gandalf is necessary to get any value out of Frodo and Sam, so he gets picked next. Legolas follows Gandalf, which I don’t find surprising because Elrond clearly has an elven bias. Since he gets to pick at least one, might as well pick that elf early.
Okay…maybe this analogy is getting stretched, but wait! The Fellowship will be NINE strong. Yes, nine, like a baseball team. Kickball too, in theory, but usually you just split the recess group in half. So, HA! It works.
Really, the reason for there being nine members of the Fellowship is to equal the nine Ringwraiths. It makes some sense, even though someone with the combat skill of Frodo or Sam wouldn’t be able to stand up to a Ringwraith in open battle.
But I digress. Who’s going to get picked last for the team?
So…yeah. My money’s on either Boromir, or one of the pair of Merry and Pippin.
“‘Legolas shall be for the Elves; and…'”