‘Then I will declare my doom,’
‘As for you, Frodo,
in so far as lies in me under higher authority,
I declare you free in the realm of Gondor
to the furthest of its ancient bounds;
save only that neither you nor any that go with you
have leave to come to this place unbidden.
This doom shall stand for a year and a day, and then cease,
unless you shall before that term come to Minas Tirith
and present yourself to the Lord and Steward of the City.
Then I will entreat him to confirm what I have done
and to make it lifelong.
In the meantime, whomsoever you take under your protection
shall be under my protection and under the shield of Gondor.
Are you answered?’