Season 3 Episode 1 – Gorthaur the Cruel

Season three’s main story will the the Tale of Beren and Luthien. It also covers the Union of Maedhros and the Battle of Unnumbered Tears. Some years have been condensed to fit the structure of the episodes better. It covers roughly F.A. 457-472.

The episode descriptions begin to get longer, as the stories told are more descriptive in the text. Less original material would need to be created for the next few seasons, mainly only dialogue and a few character scenes.

This season is framed by Elrond and Maglor walking along the southern coast of Gondor, during the early years of Gondor’s history.

Gondor

  • Elrond accompanies Maglor on a journey along the south coast of Gondor. Maglor continues his tales of the First Age

Doriath

  • Luthien goes wandering with her friend Daeron in the woods. Daeron plays the flute and Luthien dances for him. Luthien knows he loves her, but she does not return his affections.

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  • Thingol and Melian speak about a suitable husband for Luthien.

Angband

  • Morgoth surveys the realm with Sauron after the death of Fingolfin. Not yet content, he wants to proceed with the invasion of Beleriand. He orders Sauron to attack Minas Tirith.

Dorthonion

  • Barahir and his outlaws continue to live in Dorthonion. Finding an orc encampment, they raid and destroy it.
  • At night, they themselves are raided. Several of his men are killed and so only 12 remain.
  • They return to their lair by the Tarn Aeluin.

Hithlum

  • Fingon takes up the seat of his father.

Gondolin

  • Turgon looks over as more and more elves come to his hidden city, while he commands the Eagles to take out any of Morgoth’s servants who come too near.
  • Hurin and Huor talk to Turgon about leaving Gondolin. Turgon agrees if they swear to him an oath of secrecy.

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Minas Tirith

  • As night falls, Orodreth and his people are overcome by fear.
  • Hidden by nightfall, Sauron leads his forces in a surprise attack.
  • Orodreth realises he is vastly outnumbered and flees with the rest of his people.

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Himring

  • Seeing his numbers bolstered by people fleeing Dorthonion, Maedhros prepares to take back the Pass of Aglon.

First Appearances – Thuringwethil, Celebrimbor, Beleg, Mablung

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand.

Pictures

  • Tol-in-Gaurhoth – Morgoth Belegruth
  • Daeron and Luthien – Anke Eissman
  • Hurin and Huor Approaching Gondolin – Donato Giancola
  • Sauron the Deceiver – Skullbastard
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Season 3 Episode 2 – Loyalty

Dorthonion

  • Barahir and his outlaws drive out a band of orcs from a cluster of towns in Dorthonion, freeing several people who lived there.

Angband

  • Morgoth is furious at his forces for being unable to kill Barahir. He orders Sauron to go after them.

Himring

  • Maedhros and Maglor ride forward to take back the Pass. It was scarcely guarded and they manage to do it quickly.

Tol Sirion

  • Celegorm and Curufin come across Orodreth fleeing Minas Tirith. They destroy the orcs following them and suggest they head towards Nargothrond.

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Tarn Aeluin

  • Gorlim leaves the band at night, returning to look for his wife. He sees her in the window, but discovers it was a trap laid by Sauron. Sauron’s hunters torture him for information. After he refuses to give any, they promise to reunite him with his wife.

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  • Barahir sends Beren on a scouting mission to the East.

Gondolin

  • Hurin and Huor depart Gondolin, returning to Dor-lomin.

Minas Tirith

  • Gorlim is brought before Sauron. He agrees to give up Barahir if he is allowed a free life with his wife. After he hears the information, Sauron informs Gorlim his wife has long been dead and kills him.

Dorthonion

  • The wraith of Gorlim comes to Beren in his sleep, informing Beren of his betrayal. Beren rushes back.
  • Sauron’s orcs, led by Drauglin, ambush Barahir and his men at their lair. The ten remaining men are slaughtered.
  • Beren returns too late. He recovers his father’s ring, but refuses to grieve.

Dor-lomin

  • Hurin and Huor return to Dor-lomin, where they are reunited with their father Galdor.

Doriath

  • Beren flees South to Doriath, where he comes across Luthien dancing in the woods.

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First Appearances – Haldir, Hundar

Deaths – Barahir, Baragund, Belegund, Gorlim, Gildor, Radhruin, Dairuin, Gorlim, Urthel, Dagnir, Arthad

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from the Lays of Beleriand and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Beren the Solitary Outlaw – peet
  • Gorlim ill-fated – Kakomicly
  • Hunting with the Great Hounds – Henning Janssen
  • The Tale of Beren and Luthien – Unknown

Season 3 Episode 3 – Beren and Luthien

Doriath

  • Beren watches Luthien for a time, before he reveals himself. He calls her ‘Nightingale’. Luthien flees from him with Daeron, not understanding fear.
  • Beren searches for Luthien again. He hears her singing on a hill. He runs out of the shadows crying ‘Tinuviel’. Luthien does not flee after she sees his fair form.

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  • Beren relays his story to Luthien, including the death of his father.
  • Luthien takes him back to her father’s realm, but does not inform Thingol.
  • Luthien leaves every day to see Beren, making Thingol curious.
  • Still suffering from despair, Luthien cradles Beren’s head against her breast, holding his hand. He falls for her. Seeing the love and happiness her actions give to Beren, she falls for him too.

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  • Luthien refuses to go walking with Daeron. Out of duty, Daeron informs Thingol of Beren.
  • Thingol speaks to Melian and Galadriel about Luthien, who warn him against angering his daughter

Nargothrond

  • Orodreth and the two Sons of Feanor come to Nargothrond. Finrod is hesitant to welcome Celegorm and Curufin but does so.

Amon Ereb

  • Caranthir and Amras reach Amon Ereb, where they make deals with Azaghal the dwarf of Belegost.

Angband

  • Sauron reports back to Morgoth, who is pleased. He tasks Sauron to man Minas Tirith while he attacks Hithlum.

Hithlum

  • Fingon has gotten word that Morgoth is planning to attack Hithlum from the north. He rides out to meet them.
  • Vastly outnumbered, he is overrun. Luckily, word had reached Cirdan in the Falas, who sailed his ships north and saves Fingon.
  • Galdor was slain in combat. Hurin defies the orders of Fingon and chases the orcs throughout Anfauglith, slaughtering many.

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First Appearances – Gwindor, Edrahil

Deaths – Galdor

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels

Pictures

  • Beren and Luthien – maril1
  • Tinuviel! Tinuviel! – woutart
  • Nightingale – Paula DiSante
  • Hurin on Horseback – Alan Lee

Season 3 Episode 4 – Bride-Price

Dor-lomin

  • Hurin returns to Dor-lomin, where he takes lordship over the land. He courts Morwen of the House of Beor.

Doriath

  • Beren and Luthien continue to live in the woods, deeply in love.

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  • Thingol follows Luthien one day and confronts them together. He brings them back to Menegroth.
  • Luthien pleads with her father to allow them to be together, but Thingol refuses. Luthien does succeed in convincing him to spare Beren’s life.
  • Beren is sent before Thingol and questioned. Seeing Beren’s true devotion to his daughter, Thingol decides not to banish Beren. But determined for them not to marry, he sets an impossible bride price: a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown.
  • Beren goes to see Luthien and tells her he intends to complete the task. Luthien asks him to stay but he is determined, leaving Menegroth immediately.
  • Luthien is determined to help Beren, but Thingol does not allow it and imprisons her in a treehouse.

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Nargothrond

  • Celegorm and Curufin take active duties in the fortress, gaining many followers. Celegorm’s wolf, Huan, takes a liking to Finrod.

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Himring

  • Maglor sets out to find his lost brothers.
  • Easterlings journey past Himring. Maedhros intercepts them. The Easterlings swear loyalty to Maedhros.

First Appearances – Morwen, Ulfang, Finduilas, Rian

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from the Silmarillion and ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand.

Pictures

  • Trial of Beren – Anke Eissmann
  • Of Beren and Luthien – Ulla Thynell
  • A Sense of Foreboding – Tuuliky
  • Tyelkormo and Curufinwe – Tuuliky

Season 3 Episode 5 – The Quest for the Silmaril

Nargothrond

  • Beren comes to Nargothrond, requesting audience with Finrod. Celegorm is hesitant to allow it, but Orodreth overrules him.
  • Beren shows Finrod the Ring of Barahir, asking for his help. Remembering his oath, Finrod agrees.
  • Celegorm and Curufin convince, with lies or threats, the majority of Nargothrond not to follow Beren.
  • Finrod asks his soldiers to accompany him, but only ten come forward.
  • Finrod leaves Orodreth in charge.

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Tol Sirion

  • Beren and Finrod come across a pack of orcs. Nearing Tol Sirion, they ambush and kill the orcs, taking their gear. Finrod disguises them all.
  • Beneath Minas Tirith however, Sauron’s servants see through the disguises and they are captured.
  • Brought before Sauron, Finrod attacks him. Sauron shrugs it off and attacks Finrod with spells. Finrod fights back with spells and songs of Quenya from Valinor, but is unable to overcome Sauron.

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  • Sauron locks them away. He sends a werewolf in to execute them.
  • In the dark, the werewolf picks them off one by one as they are chained. When it comes for Beren, Finrod sees it and breaks his chains. Finrod is wounded deeply, but manages to kill the wolf with his bare hands.
  • Barely alive, Beren calls Finrod’s oath redeemed. Finrod passes away in the tower he himself had built.

Doriath

  • In a dream, Luthien sees Beren chained in a dungeon. Melian comes to her and confirms that Beren is held captive.
  • Luthien manages to lull the guards to sleep using her powers as the daughter of Melian. She steal a horse and escapes Doriath.

Lúthien Escapes the Treehouse, by Ted Nasmith

Nargothrond

  • Celegorm takes Curufin and Huan to follow Finrod.

Sirion

  • Luthien races to Minas Tirith, but she is found by Huan in the forest. Huan takes her back to Celegorm.
  • When Celegorm learns of her identity, he appears friendly to her. However, he confides in Curufin that he wishes to marry her.
  • Curufin sends a letter to Doriath entailing Celegorm’s intentions.

Deaths – Finrod, Edrahil

Adapted from ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from the Silmarillion and ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand.

Pictures

  • Beren and Finrod – Alice Falto
  • Beren Before Felagund – Anke Eissmann
  • Duel – Hellga-Z
  • Luthien Escapes the Treehouse – Ted Nasmith

Season 3 Episode 6 – The Hound of Valinor

Tol Sirion

  • Beren is visited by Sauron and told that he is left to starve. Finrod’s body is displayed before the gates.

Nargothrond

  • Luthien is brought to Nargothrond. Orodreth enquires about her but is lied to by Celegorm.
  • Luthien is locked away and Celegorm reveals his true intentions.
  • Betraying his master, Huan speaks to Luthien. Feeling pity for her, he helps her escape.
  • Huan follows Luthien and promises to take her to Minas Tirith.

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Doriath

  • Thingol discovers Luthien missing and is told of the letter from Celegorm. He sends riders out to find her.

Minas Tirith

  • Huan brings Luthien to Minas Tirith. Guarded fiercely by wolves and orcs, Huan manages to slay every one of them and gains entry to the tower.
  • Luthien sing for Beren. Beren hears her and calls back, believing himself delirious.
  • Sauron also hears Luthien singing and wishes to capture her for Morgoth. He sends many wolves to kill Huan, but he kills them with ease.
  • Sauron sends Drauglin to kill Huan, but Drauglin too is defeated. Finally, Sauron transforms into a wolf himself to fight Huan. Huan dodges his attacks, but Sauron lunges at Luthien. She whips him with her enchanted cloak, disorienting him.
  • Huan fights Sauron, who shapeshifts many times. Eventually he wins and Luthien gives Sauron a choice, surrender Minas Tirith or be killed and sent back to Morgoth as a wraith. Sauron flees

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  • Luthien frees the prisoners and finds Beren. They bury Finrod on his isle and leave to walk in the woods again. Huan returns to Celegorm.
  • Beren skins Drauglin and Thuringwethil and takes their hides.

Nargothrond

  • Thingol’s riders reach Nargothrond. When Orodreth hears their words, he exiles Celegorm and Curufin.

Deaths – Draugluin, Thuringwethil

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand.

Pictures

  • Huan and Luthien Escape Nargothrond – Ted Nasmith
  • Luthien Tinuviel and Huan Journey to Angband – Neerachar Sophol
  • Huan Subdues Sauron – Ted Nasmith

Season 3 Episode 7 – Before the Dark Lord

Sirion

  • Celegorm and Curufin come across Huan. Realising what he had done, they punish him and set out to find Luthien again.

Dorthonion

  • Beren pleads with Luthien to return to Doriath, but she refuses. They set out for Angband together.

Hithlum

  • Word reaches Fingon of the events in Doriath and Minas Tirith. He sends word to Maedhros.

Amon Ereb

  • Maglor comes to Amon Ereb and finds his brothers. Caranthir tells him of Celegorm’s deeds. While there he meets Azaghal, and tells him to prepare the dwarves for battle.

Anfauglith

  • Beren and Luthien reach the ash plain beyond Dorthonion. There they are intercepted by Celegorm and Curufin. Beren fights them off alone, shaming them. But he spares their lives. Curufin fires an arrow back at Luthien as he flees, but Beren takes the shot. Luthien manages to heal him.

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  • Huan chases the brothers off and comes back to Luthien. As she sleeps that night, Beren leaves her in the care of Huan and goes to Angband alone.
  • When Luthien awakes she refuses to turn back and follows Beren. She takes Thuringwethil’s hide and assumes her form.
  • They come across Beren in sight of Angband. Luthien gives him the hide of Drauglin and disguises them both. Leaving Huan behind, they journey together to the gates of Angband.
  • Huan sees the shapes of the Eagles flying in the distance and goes to summon them.

Angband

  • At the gates of Angband they find Carchoroth, a hound greater even than Huan. Suddenly possessed by her Maian power, Luthien sings him into a deep sleep.
  • They reach the Throne room of Morgoth, where they find him at court. Seeing them through his servants, he strips them of their disguises. Luthien declares herself and offers to sing for him. Filled with lust, he accepts.

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  • Luthien’s voice sends Morgoth and the entire court to sleep. Beren then cuts a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown. Luthien says they should flee, but Beren tries to cut another one, breaking the blade and awakening Morgoth.
  • They flee together while the court still sleeps. They reach the gates but are attacked by Carchoroth. Beren holds up the Silmaril to threaten the wolf, but Carchoroth bites his hand off. The Silmaril burns through the wolf’s stomach, causing him great pain and to flee.

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  • Luthien sucks the poison out of Beren’s wound, but they are too slow to escape the chasing hordes. Huan reaches them however, and he brings with him the Eagles of Manwe who bear them away.

First Appearance – Carcharoth

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ and ‘Of the Fifth Battle’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand.

Pictures

  • Beren and Luthien Flee Angband – Pete Amachree
  • The Attack of Feanor’s Sons – Anke Eissman
  • Luthien Before the Throne – neffinesse
  • Carcharoth – Justin Gerard