Season 9 Episode 8 – The Stairs of Cirith Ungol

Ithilien

  • Sam awakens to find Gollum gone. Sam is relieved but Frodo reminds him of the help Gollum has given them.
  • The daylight becomes darker. Gollum returns and leads them east.

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  • They come to the Cross-Roads. They see a headless statue of a King. The head lies nearby, crowned with flowers.
  • Gollum pushes them onwards down the Southward road.

At the Cross-roads, by Ted Nasmith

Morgul Vale

  • The air becomes filled with a foul stench. Frodo begs for rest but Gollum and Sam push him to keep going.
  • The Tower of the Moon rises in the distance.

The Tower of the Moon, by Ted Nasmith

  • They move past the north gate of Minas Morgul. As they do so, the tower erupts in thunder and the gates open.
  • The Witch-King leads a great host out of the tower. Frodo and Sam hide, yet the Witch-King halts near them. Frodo reaches for the Ring, but the Witch-King keeps moving.

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  • They start to climb the Straight Stair

Fangorn

  • The ents reach the edge of Fangorn. Treebeard commands them to destroy Isengard.

Isengard

  • The ents break down the walls of Isengard despite being shot at with arrows.

The Wrath of the Ents, by Ted Nasmith

  • Treebeard breaks the gate. Bregalad sees Saruman inside and rushes at him, but Saruman reaches Orthanc safely.
  • Saruman activates vents all over Isengard, sending fiery blasts into the air. Beechbone is caught in a blast, burning to death.
  • Treebeard goes berserk. His roars crack stone and the ents destroy Saruman’s machinery.

Straight Stair

  • Frodo and Sam struggle up the stair, forced to climb with hands and feet.
  • Frodo becomes distraught, fearing he is too late in destroying the Ring.
  • They reach the end of the Straight Stair, but Gollum says the Winding Stair is still to come.
  • Gollum scampers off. Frodo and Sam talk of old songs and stories and whether they will ever be characters in them.
  • Gollum talks to himself about Frodo and his plan. He comes to a passage and talks with something inside.
  • Gollum returns to find Frodo asleep. He feels guilty, even feeling true affection for Frodo. Sam wakes up and accuses Gollum of sneaking.

Gollum’s Debate, by Ted Nasmith

  • Frodo frees Gollum from his bond, but Gollum says he must lead them to the end. They continue on.

Isengard

  • The ents have dug great trenches. Bregalad destroys the dam of Isen, flooding Isengard.

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  • The remaining orcs try and escape, but are caught by the forest of Huorns surrounding Isengard.
  • Wormtongue arrives on horseback. Treebeard captures him.
  • Saruman berates Wormtongue for losing control of Theoden.
  • Treebeard thanks Merry and Pippin. The hobbits find pipe-weed in a storeroom.

Death – Beechbone

Adapted from chapters ‘Journey to the Cross-Roads’, ‘The Stairs of Cirith Ungol’ and ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Minas Morgul – Matthew Burton
  • The Day Without Dawn – Anke Eissmann
  • At the Cross-Roads – Ted Nasmith
  • The Tower of the Moon – Ted Nasmith
  • Minas Morgul – John Howe
  • The Wrath of the Ents – Ted Nasmith
  • Gollum’s Debate – Ted Nasmith
  • The Ents Destroy Isengard – John Howe
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Season 9 Episode 9 – The Voice of Saruman

Helm’s Deep

  • The remaining men of Rohan bury their dead. Theoden personally buries Hama.
  • Theoden pardons the men of Dunland.
  • They gather on the plain. Gandalf reveals the trees are Huorns sent by Treebeard. He asks Theoden to accompany him to Isengard.

Gap of Rohan

  • Theoden selects Eomer and twenty riders and goes with Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli to Isengard.
  • Gimli and Legolas trade tales of the battle.
  • They see many bodies of slain Rohirrim on the way to Isengard.

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  • A strange black liquid passes over the ground.

Isengard

  • They come to Isengard, where they reunite with Merry and Pippin.
  • Gandalf and Theoden ride to meet with Treebeard.
  • Merry and Pippin bring food to the riders. Gimli regrets that he has no pipe and Pippin gives him one of his own.

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  • Aragorn returns the hobbits’ knives and brooches.
  • Treebeard tells Gandalf that Saruman remains in the tower. Gandalf returns to Isengard.
  • The others follow Gandalf to Orthanc. Gandalf calls for Saruman to appear. Wormtongue answers and Gandalf demands to speak with Saruman.
  • Saruman appears, speaking in a sad voice. He appeals to Theoden, but Gimli interrupts him and Theoden refuses to forgive.

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  • Gandalf offers Saruman a chance to come back to their side. Saruman considers, but refuses out of pride. He instead tries to again persuade Gandalf to join him.
  • After Gandalf refuses, Saruman rages, insulting Gandalf and the others.
  • Gandalf once more asks Saruman to come down, but he turns away. Gandalf in response breaks Saruman’s staff and casts him from the order.

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  • Upon seeing this, Wormtongue throws the Palantir at Gandalf, but misses. Pippin picks it up before Gandalf takes it from him.
  • Saruman rages at Wormtongue for losing the Palantir.
  • Gandalf asks Treebeard to keep Orthanc surrounded with water so Saruman cannot escape.
  • Gandalf carries Merry and Aragorn carries Pippin as they leave Isengard.

Gap of Rohan

  • That night, Merry and Pippin talk about Gandalf.
  • Pippin, unable to sleep, creeps over to Gandalf and steals the Palantir.
  • Looking into it, he sees a dark flying creature and then Sauron.

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Adapted from chapters ‘The Road to Isengard’, ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’, ‘The Voice of Saruman’ and ‘The Palantir’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Isengard – Rob Alexander
  • Road to Isengard – Yatzenty
  • Flotsam and Jetsam – Anke Eissmann
  • Saruman of Many Colours – Francesco Amadio
  • Saruman – John Howe
  • The Palantir – Francesco Amadio

Season 9 Episode 10 – Shelob’s Lair

Barad-Dur

  • Sauron sees Pippin in the Palantir. He questions about the Ring, but is cut off. He orders the Nazgul to make for Isengard.

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Gap of Rohan

  • Gandalf takes the Palantir and chastises Pippin.
  • Gandalf explains the Palantir and how Saruman was corrupted by it.
  • They debate their next move, with Gandalf noting that the confusion caused by Pippin could work to their advantage.

Winding Stair

  • Sam helps Frodo up the last part of the Winding Stair. Gollum shows where to go next: a dark tunnel.
  • Despite the terrible smell and the possibility of orcs, Frodo and Sam enter.

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Shelob’s Lair

  • The hobbits can only move forward by feeling the walls. They call out for Gollum, but he has disappeared.
  • Frodo and Sam continue on. Frodo begins to feel an overwhelming sense of dread.
  • They hear scurrying and hissing around them. They feel dead bodies beneath their feet. Frodo raises the Phial of Galadriel.
  • The light illuminates hundreds of eyes. As they move closer, they are revealed to belong to a giant spider, Shelob.
  • Frodo walks towards the eyes, which retreat from the light.
  • Frodo and Sam flee, but are blocked by strong cobwebs. Frodo cuts them with Sting and they head for the exit.
  • Sam sees orcs ahead and tries to warn Frodo. Shelob attacks, cutting off Sam. Sam goes to save Frodo but is dragged away by Gollum.

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  • Shelob attacks Frodo, who fights but is poisoned and falls unconscious.
  • Sam fights against Gollum. He threatens to stab him and Gollum flees.
  • Sam attacks Shelob, who is over Frodo’s body. He sees Frodo, seemingly dead, wrapped in web.

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  • Sam struggles with the spider, stabbing it in the eye. Shelob overpowers him, but Sam stabs her in the belly. Shelob flees.

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  • Sam checks Frodo’s heartbeat, but finds nothing.
  • Sam thinks Frodo is dead and takes the Ring. He hears orc voices coming.

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Gap of Rohan

  • A Nazgul flies over the group, forcing them to hide.
  • Gandalf predicts that Sauron will move to attack Minas Tirith. He advises Theoden and Aragorn to ride to Gondor. He gives Aragorn the Palantir.
  • Gandalf takes Pippin with him and leaves on Shadowfax.

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Lothlorien

  • An army again approaches Lothlorien. Galadriel says unless Sauron is defeated they will eventually be overrun.

Edoras

  • Eowyn receives word that the men were victorious, yet the riders say Theoden may yet ride to Gondor. Eowyn prepares for them to leave for Dunharrow.

Rivendell

  • Elrond and Glorfindel talk about the fate of Middle-Earth. Elrond decides to prepare his elves to leave for the Grey Havens.

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Shelob’s Lair

  • Sam puts on the Ring. The orcs take Frodo. Sam overhears them talking about Shelob’s poison and how it paralyses, not kills.
  • Sam follows the orcs into Mordor.

Sam Enters Mordor Alone by Ted Nasmith

Ithilien

  • The Witch-King’s army moves towards Osgiliath, where Faramir awaits.

First Appearances – Shelob, Gorbag, Shagrat

Death – Shelob

Adapted from chapters ‘The Palantir’, ‘Shelob’s Lair’ and ‘The Choices of Master Samwise’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings

Pictures

  • Shelob – John Howe
  • Sauron Speaks With Palantir – Hive17
  • Shelob’s Lair – Rob Alexander
  • Shelob About to Leap on Frodo – John Howe
  • Sam and Shelob – John Howe
  • Shelob’s Retreat – Ted Nasmith
  • The Choices of Master Samwise – Turner Mohan
  • Gandalf on Shadowfax Before Minas Tirith – Luca Michelucci
  • Council of War – MelorianJ
  • Sam Enters Mordor Alone – Ted Nasmith