Season 8 Episode 8 – A Journey in the Dark

Hollin

  • Gollum comes across the company. He begins to follow them.
  • Gandalf leads them to the West-gate of Moria, where they are forced to let Bill the Pony go.

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  • Gandalf has trouble opening the door, but he eventually remembers the password with help from Merry.
  • The Watcher in the Water attacks Frodo and pulls him into the water. Aragorn and Boromir save him, but as they escape into the mines the Watcher collapses the door behind them.

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Moria

  • Gandalf leads them through the many passages of Moria. Frodo thinks he hears footsteps behind him.
  • Gimli tells the others of the many wonders of Moria.
  • They come to three passages, which stumps Gandalf.
  • Pippin throws a rock down a well, angering Gandalf.

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  • Gandalf chooses a passage, which turns out to be the right one when they find a great underground hall.
  • They find the Chamber of Mazarbul and Gimli mourns beside the tomb of Balin.

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  • Gandalf reads from the Book of Mazarbul, written by Ori. It tells of Balin and his colony being destroyed by orcs. (flashback)
  • They hear the booming of a drum in the deep, and the scurrying of feet. They bar the chamber and are attacked by orcs and a cave troll. Frodo stabs the troll’s foot and it withdraws, but an orc chieftain breaks through and stabs Frodo.
  • Aragorn kills the chieftain and the rest of the orcs are driven off.
  • Gandalf remains behind to seal the door. Legolas is forced to drag Gimli away from Balin’s Tomb.
  • Gandalf is forced to flee, having met his match. They continue on down stairways, fired upon by orc archers.

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  • The orcs chase them to the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, the balrog coming upon them. Gimli leads them across the bridge while Gandalf holds it.

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  • Gandalf reflects the balrog’s attacks and breaks the bridge in two, causing the balrog to fall into the abyss. The balrog grabs Gandalf with its whip and Gandalf falls down with it.
  • The company flees Moria.
  • They stumble on away from the walls before collapsing.

Deaths – Gandalf, Balin (flashback), Ori (flashback), Oin (flashback)

Adapted from chapters ‘A Journey in the Dark’ and ‘The Bridge of Khazad-Dum’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Mines of Moria – CG Warrior
  • The Gates of Moria – Alan Lee
  • The Watcher in the Water – Joona Kujanen
  • The Halls of Durin – Alan Lee
  • Balin’s Tomb – Anke Eissmann
  • The Bridge of Khazad-Dum – Paul Monteagle
  • The Balrog – Ted Nasmith
  • The Bridge of Khazad-Dum – John Howe
  • Moria – John Howe
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Season 8 Episode 9 – Lothlorien

Mirrormere

  • Frodo dreams of Gandalf in the abyss, surrounded by darkness and nameless monsters.
  • Gimli takes Frodo to look into the waters of the Mirrormere.

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  • Aragorn examines Sam and Frodo’s wounds, finding Frodo’s mithril coat.

Nimrodel

  • Aragorn leads them to Lothlorien, though Boromir is wary.
  • Legolas tells the history of Lorien. Gimli is angered at the suggestion that the dwarves’ actions had threatened the surrounding lands.

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Lothlorien

  • As the company enters the woods, they are stopped by Haldir.
  • Haldir takes them up into their tree platforms. Soon after, orcs pass underneath.
  • Haldir’s men kill the orcs. Frodo sees Gollum for a brief moment.

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  • Haldir takes them to Caras Galadhon. He forces Gimli to be blindfolded. When Gimli objects, Aragorn says they will all be blindfolded.
  • Haldir removes their blindfolds. He takes Frodo and Sam up to a high platform overlooking the beauty of the forest.

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  • The company meet with Galadriel and Celeborn. Aragorn tells them of Gandalf’s demise. Celeborn blames the dwarves, but Galadriel says it is not their fault.
  • Galadriel searches the hearts of the Fellowship.
  • Aragorn daydreams about his time with Arwen in the forest. He also remembers his last meeting with his mother, Gilraen.

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  • The Fellowship, and the Lorien elves, grieve for Gandalf. Frodo writes a song in his memory.
  • Galadriel soothes Gimli’s sorrows, using Khuzdul. Gimli attempts to compliment her, clumsily.
  • Legolas and Gimli walk together in the woods, finding friendship instead of hate.
  • Galadriel takes Frodo to the middle of her garden, Sam follows. She fills a basin there with water and bids Frodo to look. Sam looks first and sees the Shire destroyed. Frodo sees an old white man, ships, a white tower and a great eye.

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  • Galadriel tells them it is what may come to pass. She shows Frodo her ring. Frodo offers her the Ring, but after a dark vision she refuses.

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  • Aragorn tells the others they must continue. Boromir wants to go to Minas Tirith, not to destroy the Ring. Frodo does not wish to.
  • Galadriel gives them all gifts. The Elfstone to Aragorn, the Phial to Frodo, belts and daggers to Boromir, Merry and Pippin, a box of earth to Sam, a bow to Legolas and three of her golden hairs to Gimli.

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  • Celeborn offers each of them to stay in Lorien, but they all choose to follow Frodo. He gives them lembas bread, rope and elven cloaks.
  • In boats, they leave Lorien down the river Anduin.

Isengard

  • Saruman sends out Ugluk and the Uruk-Hai to track the Fellowship.

First Appearance – Ugluk

Adapted from Chapters ‘Lothlorien’, ‘The Mirror of Galadriel’ and ‘Farewell to Lorien’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Farewell to Lothlorien – Alexandra V Bach
  • Durin’s Stone – Matej Cadil
  • Crossing Nimrodel – Anke Eissmann
  • Frodo and Haldir in Lothlorien – Ted Nasmith
  • First Meeting of Aragorn and Arwen – Anke Eissmann
  • Mirror of Galadriel – Alan Lee
  • Galadriel – Thomas Rouillard
  • The Phial of Galadriel

Season 8 Episode 10 – The Breaking of the Fellowship

Anduin

  • Frodo dreams of Gandalf and the balrog atop an endless stair, a frozen mountain peak.

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  • Boromir starts to stare at Frodo often.
  • Sam and Frodo notice Gollum following in a log.
  • At night, Gollum comes up to the boats. Frodo draws his sword, but then Aragorn attempts to catch him, scaring him off.

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  • The company come upon the rapids of Sarn Gebir. Orcs fire arrows from the eastern shore and a great, winged shape rises. Legolas takes it down with his bow.
  • Boromir now argues to head for Minas Tirith, but Aragorn refuses.
  • They pass the Argonath.

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  • Before the Falls of Rauros, they beach the boats near Amon Hen.

Amon Hen

  • Aragorn asks Frodo to decide their next course. Frodo wanders off to think.

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  • Boromir follows Frodo. He tries to convince Frodo to take the Ring to Gondor. When Frodo disagrees, Boromir tries to take the Ring. Frodo puts the Ring on and disappears. Boromir then regains his wits, weeping at his actions.
  • Frodo runs to the top of Amon Hen, where he sees Barad-Dur and Sauron’s eye searching for him. He takes the Ring off, before deciding he must go to Mordor alone.
  • Aragorn and the others debate their next move, before worrying about Frodo. Boromir comes back to the camp, revealing he scared Frodo away.
  • Sam runs off with Aragorn going after him, sending Boromir to look after Merry and Pippin, who have also run off. Legolas and Gimli also go to search for Frodo.
  • Aragorn stops Sam, saying there is danger near. He goes to the top of Amon Hen. Sam however, heads back to the boats.
  • Aragorn comes across Saruman’s host of orcs. Legolas, Gimli, Merry and Pippin are also ambushed.
  • Boromir comes to the aid of Merry and Pippin.

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  • Frodo, still invisible, escapes the orcs.
  • Boromir sounds his horn. Legolas and Gimli come to Aragorn’s aid. They run to help Boromir.
  • Boromir is pierced by arrows, but remains standing. He tries to save Merry and Pippin from being taken, but he falls at last.

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  • Aragorn comes across Boromir dying. Boromir admits he tried to take the Ring.
  • Frodo reaches the boats. He begins to cross the river but Sam chases after him. As Sam struggles in the river, Frodo drags him on to the boat. They leave for Mordor together.
  • Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli place Boromir’s body in a boat and send it down the falls. Instead of going after Frodo, they choose to chase after the orcs that took Merry and Pippin.

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Death – Boromir

Adapted from chapters ‘The Great River’, ‘The Breaking of the Fellowship’ and ‘The Departure of Boromir’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Horn of Boromir – Matt Stewart
  • Zirak-Zigil – John Howe
  • Nightwatch – Anke Eissmann
  • The Argonath – Ted Nasmith
  • Frodo and Boromir – Anke Eissmann
  • Parth Galen – Catherine Chmiel
  • Boromir – John Howe
  • The Departure of Boromir – Anke Eissmann

Season 9 Episode 1 – The Taming of Smeagol

Rivendell

  • Glorfindel comes to Elrond with Haldir of Lothlorien. Haldir brings news of the breaking of the Fellowship.

Isengard

  • Saruman sends his army out with the purpose of killing Theoden of Rohan’s son, Theodred.

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Fords of Isen

  • Theodred and his men are attacked. Theodred is slain.

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Emyn Muil

  • Frodo and Sam wander Emyn Muil, frequently becoming lost.
  • They see the way down at the edge of a cliff, but cannot get down.

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  • As they try and climb down the cliff, a dark shape flies overhead and Frodo falls to a ledge below.
  • Sam remembers his elven rope and they climb the rest of the way down.
  • Sam pulls on the rope, which surprisingly unfastens and falls down.
  • In the rain that night, Sam sees a creature crawling towards them. They see that it is Gollum, who jumps on Sam. Frodo subdues him with Sting. Gollum tries to escape but they capture him and bind him with the rope.

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  • Gollum vows obedience and leads them on towards Mordor.
  • Gollum forces them to travel by night. He chokes on lembas bread and refuses to eat more.
  • Sam waits until Gollum falls asleep before resting himself. When they wake they find Gollum gone.
  • Gollum reappears later, with fish.

Dead Marshes

  • They walk through the Marshes. Gollum says not to follow the lights.

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  • At night, a Ringwraith flies overhead.
  • As they come closer to Mordor, Frodo hears Gollum talking to himself over his desire for the Ring and his vow to serve Frodo.

First Appearances – Theodred, Grimbold, Elfhelm, Dunhere

Death – Theodred

Adapted from chapters ‘The Taming of Smeagol’ and ‘The Passage of the Marshes’ of The Lord of the Rings and ‘The Battles of the Fords of Isen’ from Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • Through the Marshes – Ted Nasmith
  • Orc Assault – Derek Zabrocki
  • Dunhere – Jeff Himmelman
  • No Way Down – Ted Nasmith
  • The Taming of Smeagol – Alan Lee
  • The Dead Marshes – Inger Edelfedlt

Season 9 Episode 2 – The Riders of Rohan

Barad-Dur

  • The Witch-King reports back to Sauron about Aragorn, Isildur’s heir. Sauron is noticeably concerned. He commands the Witch-King to find Frodo and prepare the army to attack Gondor, Rohan and the North.

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Edoras

  • Scouts report to Eomer of the orc band coming down from Emyn Muil.
  • Eomer seeks permission to hunt the orcs down. Grima and Theoden forbid it.

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  • Eomer talks to Eowyn about Grima’s treachery before heading out to hunt the orcs late at night.

Plains of Rohan

  • Merry and Pippin lie captive. Pippin listens to the orcs, realising there are two groups arguing. The orcs fight, killing several of their own.
  • Pippin cuts his bonds, tying them loosely around his wrists. The hobbits are picked up again and carried on.

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  • Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli come across the slain orcs. They continue on.

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  • Pippin breaks free, but is caught. Before he is caught he places a broach in the road. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli come across this soon after.

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Borders of Fangorn

  • Grishnakh searches the hobbits for the Ring.
  • Merry, imitating Gollum, leads Grishnakh to believe they have the Ring. He tries to escape with them.
  • Eomer and his riders come upon the orcs. They kill all of them, including Grishnakh. Eomer personally kills Ugluk.

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  • Merry and Pippin run into Fangorn forest.

Plains of Rohan

  • Aragorn comes across Eomer the morning after. Eomer tells of the slaughter of the orcs, having seen no hobbits. They lend Aragorn two horses.

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Borders of Fangorn

  • Aragorn finds the slaughtered orcs and the graves of 12 Rohirrim soldiers, but no sign of Merry and Pippin.
  • Gimli sees an old man in the forest, who vanishes along with their horses.
  • Aragorn finds cut rope, a Lorien leaf and hobbit prints. They follow the prints deeper into the forest.

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Edoras

  • Grimbold and Elfhelm come to Edoras with Theodred’s body.

First Appearances – Grishnakh, Snaga, Theoden, Eomer, Eowyn, Grima Wormtongue, Eothain, Fastred

Deaths – Ugluk, Grishnakh, Snaga

Adapted from chapters ‘The Riders of Rohan’, ‘The Uruk-Hai’

Pictures

  • The Riders of Rohan – Turner Mohan
  • Sauron and the Witch-King – Angel Falto
  • Grima Wormtongue – John Howe
  • Orc Hunting 2 – Alan Lee
  • Orc Hunting – Alan Lee
  • The Elven Brooch – Anke Eissmann
  • Rohirrim Attack – Jan Pospisil
  • Aragorn Meets the Rohirrim – Venlian
  • Searching for Merry and Pippin – Anke Eissmann

Season 9 Episode 3 – Treebeard

Isengard

  • Saruman contacts Sauron through the Palantir. Sauron commands Saruman to destroy Rohan and Isildur’s heir.
  • The men of Dunland swear to Saruman’s cause. He sends them to pillage Rohan.

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Edoras

  • Eomer returns to Edoras, where Grima arrests him. Eomer threatens to kill Grima

Fangorn

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  • Merry and Pippin stop for a drink of water. A tree behind them speaks, revealing himself to be an Ent – Treebeard.
  • Treebeard explains the Ent’s history to the hobbits, before taking them back to his home.

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  • Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli follow the prints to a rock wall, in freezing weather. Climbing to the top, where they see the old man again.
  • Fearing Saruman, Gimli tells Legolas to shoot the old man. Aragorn orders the man to identify himself. The man throws off his grey cloak, revealing white clothes. It is Gandalf.

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  • Gandalf explains his battle with the balrog, his rebirth and his time in Lothlorien. He brings messages from Galadriel (flashback).
  • Gandalf knows that Treebeard has the hobbits. He leads the others out of the forest. On the way he tells of both Saruman and Sauron’s mistakes and how to use them to their advantage.
  • Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin of the return of Gandalf. He sets them to sleep in his home.

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  • The next day, Merry informs Treebeard of Saruman and the orcs’ destruction of Fangorn. Treebeard gives them food and water. He plans to stop Saruman.
  • More ents come to the clearing to meet with Treebeard. Merry and Pippin are left in the care of Bregalad.

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  • Treebeard begins talking to the other ents about an alliance with Rohan and war with Saruman.

Plains of Rohan

  • Gandalf summons Shadowfax, who brings the other horses with him. They begin the ride to Edoras.

First Appearances – Treebeard, Bregalad, Beechbone

Deaths –

Adapted from chapters ‘Treebeard’, ‘The White Rider’ and ‘The King of the Golden Hall’ and Appendix B of ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Pictures

  • Treebeard – John Howe
  • Dunlendings – Angelo Montanini
  • Fangorn Forest – Ted Nasmith
  • Treebeard – Anke Eissmann
  • The Stranger in the Forest – Ted Nasmith
  • Wellinghall – Ted Nasmith
  • At the Entmoot – Stephen Hickman

Season 9 Episode 4 – The Black Gate

Anduin

  • Faramir sees the funeral boat of Boromir.

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Dagorlad

  • Gollum remembers his past, including his murder of Deagol

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  • A nazgul flies over Frodo, Sam and Gollum. Frodo thanks Gollum, but Gollum refuses to go further. Frodo must threaten him with Sting to make him move.
  • Above the slag hills, they finally see the Black Gate.

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  • The Gate is closely guarded. Gollum says they must not go inside, but Sam and Frodo reply that they must.
  • Before Frodo attempts to enter the Gate, Gollum tells them of other ways into Mordor.
  • Gollum tells of the passage above Minas Morgul. He pleads with the hobbits to take that path instead.
  • Four Nazgul fly out above the Gate. Easterlings arrive as well. Gollum leads Frodo and Sam away from the Black Gate.

Minas Tirith

  • Faramir brings the cloven horn of Boromir to his father. Denethor angrily orders him to Ithilien.

Ithilien

  • Frodo and Sam reach green land again, where they bathe in the water.

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  • Gollum hunts for food, bringing back rabbits.
  • Sam notices graven lines on Frodo’s face and neck.
  • Sam cooks the rabbits in a stew. Frodo awakes and warns Sam of the fire.
  • The hobbits are found by four men. One of them is Faramir.

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  • Faramir does not believe the hobbits are travellers. Frodo explains their separation from Aragorn and Boromir.
  • Faramir sets a guard on the hobbits and disappears into the forest.
  • From afar, Frodo and Sam witness Faramir’s men attacking a company of Haradrim.
  • A mumak comes out of the forest and crushes the remainder of the Haradrim.

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  • Faramir returns and orders Frodo and Sam to be taken with them.

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First Appearance – Denethor, Deagol, Mablung, Damrod, Anborn

Death – Deagol

Adapted from chapters ‘The Shadow of the Past’, ‘The Black Gate is Closed’, ‘Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit’ and ‘The Window on the West’ and Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Black Gate is Closed – Michael Kaluta
  • The Funeral Boat of Boromir – Anke Eissmann
  • Smeagol and Deagol – Jos
  • The Black Gate is Closed – Alan Lee
  • First Sight of Ithilien – Ted Nasmith
  • Encounter with Faramir – Anke Eissmann
  • An Oliphaunt – Alan Lee
  • The Fallen Southron – Anke Eissmann