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
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Season 3 Episode 9 – The Unnumbered Tears

The Battle of Unnumbered Tears is brought forward to coincide with the deaths of Beren and Luthien, acting as the climax of the third season.

Dorthonion

  • The orcs of Dorthonion flee the mighty host of Maedhros as he heads back east.

Doriath

  • Riders come to enlist Thingol’s aid for the Union and a demand for the Silmaril. Still grieving for his daughter, Thingol angrily sends them away against Melian’s counsel. Beleg and Mablung join the Union instead.

Nargothrond

  • Riders also come to enlist Orodreth’s armies. Orodreth refuses to side with Celegorm over his actions in the death of Finrod. However, Gwindor leads a small host to join Fingon without Orodreth’s knowledge.

Himring

  • Maedhros hears of Thingol’s decision. Celegorm vows to destroy Doriath after dealing with Morgoth. Maedhros gathers his captains (his brothers, Azaghal, Ulfang and Bor) and marches out of Himring.

Halls of Mandos

  • Luthien awakes as a shade in the Halls of Mandos, alongside dead elves of ages past. She is called before Mandos.
  • Finrod meets Luthien before Mandos, where he is told he will be reincarnated to live in Valinor.
  • Luthien sings of her grief to Mandos, who is moved to pity with the circumstances of her death. Mandos summons Beren from the mortal houses of the dead to meet with Luthien again.
  • Mandos consults Manwe, who gives Luthien a choice of either living forever in Valinor with her kin or returning to Earth with Beren but only as a mortal. Luthien accepts her mortal fate.

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Ered Wethrin

  • The armies of Hurin, Cirdan and Gwindor meet in the woods of Ered Wethrin. Fingon relays the battle plan to all his captains.

Angband

  • Morgoth receives a visitor, Ulfang of the Easterlings. Ulfang betrays Maedhros’ plans to Morgoth.

Anfauglith

  • Rumours spread of a traitor in Maedhros’ army. This causes them to be delayed.
  • Fingon’s army anxiously awaits the arrival of Maedhros.
  • Maedhros is suddenly attacked by an army from Angband. Maedhros defeats them, but is now severely delayed.
  • Smoke and fire pour forth from Thangorodrim, leading Fingon to realise that Morgoth knows of their presence. Many begin to despair until they see Turgon arrive with 10,000 elves.

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  • Gwindor’s brother Gelmir is brought out in front of Fingon’s army, where he is mutilated and killed. Gwindor charges forward and attacks the army of Angband, leaving Fingon no choice but to follow.
  • Gwindor charges past the gates of Angband, which is snapped shut. Gwindor’s army is slaughtered and a huge host emerges from all sides and encircles Fingon.
  • Fingon is forced to fall back from the walls. His rearguard is mostly slain. Turgon rides forward with the rest of his soldiers and breaks the orc lines.
  • Turgon and Hurin meet in the midst of battle.
  • Maedhros finally arrives, but the hope the men and elves receive from seeing his banners is quickly dashed as Glaurung and Gothmog lead tens of thousands more orcs into battle.

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First Appearance – Gelmir

Death – Gelmir, Hundar

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

Pictures

  • The Battle of Unnumbered Tears – Alan Lee
  • Luthien’s Lament Before Mandos – Ted Nasmith
  • Battle of Unnumbered Tears – Lomehir
  • Glaurung and the Dwarves of Belegost – Lynton Levengood

Season 3 Episode 10 – Lamentation

Anfauglith

  • Gothmog cuts through the elves, separating Turgon and Fingon.
  • Glaurung attacks Maedhros, who is ambushed by the traitorous Easterlings. Maedhros orders a retreat.
  • Azaghal and the dwarves form the rearguard, protecting the elves from Glaurung. Glaurung attacks Azaghal, but is then attacked by all sides by the dwarves. Azaghal is crushed, but manages to stab Glaurung. The dragon retreats back to Angband.

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  • The dwarves carry their King back to Belegost.
  • Gothmog duels Fingon, who matches him blow for blow. Fingon however is caught in the whip of another balrog and killed by Gothmog. The balrogs then hew and pound his body into the dust.

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  • Hurin covers Turgon’s retreat to Gondolin. Now surrounded, all his men fight to the death. Huor is killed by an arrow to the eye. Come upon by a host of orcs and trolls, Hurin slays them all and is buried under their corpses.

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Gondolin

  • Turgon’s army reaches Gondolin. He orders the gates locked and sealed forever.

Doriath

  • Luthien and Beren return to Doriath, lifting the winter of Thingol. Thingol is amazed, and grants the two his blessing to do whatever they wish with their lives.
  • Melian sees the mortality in Luthien’s eyes and cannot bear to witness her daughter’s death.
  • Beren and Luthien say goodbye to the people of Doriath and leave to live in Ossiriand, away from war.

Himring

  • The sons of Feanor pass Himring, now overrun with orcs. Maedhros declares it lost and the brothers pass into the south.

Hithlum

  • The few remaining soldiers of Fingon return to Hithlum with the blood-drenched banner of Fingon. They warn the residents that Easterlings are on their way. They abandon Hithlum.

Angband

  • Hurin is taken to Angband in chains. Gwindor is also imprisoned.
  • Morgoth betrays the Easterlings and confines them to Hithlum, instead of giving them reign over Beleriand as promised.

Valinor

  • Finrod walks through Valinor with his father, Finarfin. He is overcome with joy at being reunited with Amarie, his beloved.

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Ossiriand

  • Beren and Luthien settle in Ossiriand, in a small house away from the rest of civilisation. There they have a son, Dior.

First Appearance – Dior

Deaths – Fingon, Huor, Azaghal, Ulfang

Adapted from ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ and ‘Of the Fifth Battle’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand, ‘The Battle of Unnumbered Tears’ and ‘The Words of Hurin and Morgoth’ from The Children of Hurin, ‘Narn I Hin Hurin’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Battle of Unnumbered Tears – ?
  • Glaurung Fighting with Dwarves – Justin Gerard
  • Nirnaeth Arnoediad – Unnumbered Tears – Jenny Dolfen
  • Hurin – Fragoulis
  • Finrod and Amarie II – Hemhet

Season 2 Episode 1 – Blood Tears

Season 2 covers the Long Peace and the breaking of the Siege of Angband, from the beginning of the First Age to Year 456. There are a few time skips of several hundred years. This season sees the Dagor Aglareb, construction of Gondolin and Nargothrond, the coming of Men and the Dagor Bragollach.

Prologue – Eregion

  • Elrond and his sons meet with Maglor again. This time he is in Eregion, Celebrimbor’s old kingdom. Maglor is convinced to tell Elrond’s sons about how Beleriand was overtaken by Morgoth.

Angband

  • Maedhros hangs from Thangorodrim. Morgoth and Sauron both taunt and torment him. He refuses to give up secrets about the Noldor.
  • Both Maedhros and Sauron see Thorondor from afar.

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Mithrim

  • Fingolfin begins building his kingdom, Hithlum.
  • Believing Maedhros dead, Maglor and the Sons of Feanor prepare to leave Mithrim and go east.
  • Fingolfin gives Fingon a domain in the west, Dor-lomin.
  • Turgon struggles to get over his wife’s death, becoming protective of Idril. He blames Feanor and his sons for Elenwe’s death.
  • Thorondor arrives to inform Feanor’s sons of Maedhros’ imprisonment.

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Doriath

  • Thingol welcomes Noldor ambassadors in his land, but refuses to give up land of Beleriand to them.
  • Thingol’s daughter, Luthien, is curious about the Noldor. Thingol refuses to let her leave Doriath.

First Appearances – Luthien, Nimloth

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’ and ‘Of Beleriand and its Realms’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • Lake Mithrim – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Maedhros Upon Thangorodrim – Jenny Dolfen
  • Prayer of Fingon – Tuuliky

Season 2 Episode 2 – Reuniting

Mithrim

  • None of Feanor’s sons are prepared to rescue Maedhros from Thangorodrim. Out of love for his friend, Fingon volunteers to go instead.

Angband

  • Thorondor flies Fingon to Angband, where they find Maedhros chained. Fingon has to climb the steep precipice to get to him. Unable to undo the chain, Fingon is forced to cut off Maedhros’ hand.

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Mithrim

  • Thorondor flies them back to Mithrim. Maedhros reunites with his brothers. In gratitude and repentance for the burning of the ships, Maedhros relinquishes claim as the heir of Finwe and appoints Fingolfin High King of the Noldor.
  • Caranthir and Feanor’s sons disagree with what Maedhros has done.
  • Finrod travels to Doriath, to speak with Thingol personally. There he sees his sister, Galadriel, again.

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  • Fingolfin calls all the elves to reunite in one cause.

Doriath

  • Finrod and Thingol speak at length. Thingol gives permission for the Noldor to occupy the northern lands. They travel to the Feast of Reuniting together.

Pools of Irvin

  • The Feast of Reuniting is held. Ambassadors from all lands arrive

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First Appearances – Ecthelion, Annael

Adapted from ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’ and ‘Of Beleriand and Its Realms’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales

Pictures

  • Maedhros’s Rescue from Thangorodrim – Ted Nasmith
  • Rescue of Maedhros from Thangorodrim – Catherine Karina Chmiel
  • Finrod and Galadriel – ?
  • Feast of Reuniting – Murrauddin

Season 2 Episode 7 – Bragollach

Prologue – Eregion

Maglor tells of the Long Peace and the years of Elves and Men. A hundred years pass and both races have learned to live peacefully. He tells of the House of Haladin, saved by Haleth, who led her people in repelling an orc siege until Caranthir arrived with reinforcements.  He also tells of the settlements in Ladros and Dor-lomin, and the giving of the Dragon Helm to Hador from Fingon, and the arrival of the Easterlings over the Blue Mountains.

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Angband

  • Morgoth looks upon his forces gathered in the depths of Angband. He tells Gothmog it is time.

Ladros

  • Finrod and Aegnor visit Andreth of the House of Beor. Finrod talks to her for a time, but she leaves to see Aegnor, whom she loves. Aegnor however, despite reciprocating her affections, refuses her advances.
  • Finrod meets with Barahir, descendent of Beor about the Siege. He inspects Barahir’s soldiers and meets his son, Beren.

Ard-Galen

  • Fingon and his forces patrol Ard-Galen near Angband. Suddenly, rivers of flame spew forth from Thangorodrim. Forced to retreat, Fingon rides to warn his father.

Dorthonion

  • Glaurung leads an army of balrogs and orcs over the plains. Angrod and Aegnor ride before them with Bregolas and his men, but they are slain with their forces.

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Hithlum

  • Fingon’s riders reach Fingolfin in Barad Eithel. Fingolfin sends out riders to call his armies to battle.
  • Gil-Galad is sent by his mother to Cirdan in the Falas.
  • Soon after, Barad Eithel is besieged.

Ladros

  • Barahir commands his men to take their people and retreat south. He takes his best men and rides East.

Maglor’s Gap

  • Maglor’s horsemen are burned alive. Maglor retreats to Himring. Morgoth’s forces enter Beleriand.

Pass of Aglon

  • The other sons of Feanor are defeated and driven back south of Doriath.
  • Morgoth’s orcs control the north. They prepare further attacks and march on Minas Tirith.

First Appearances – Barahir, Beren, Bregolas, Belegund, Baragund, Hador, Gildor, Radhruin, Gorlim, Dairuin, Urthel, Gil-Galad, Emeldir, Haleth

Deaths – Aegnor, Angrod, Bregolas

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beleriand and Its Realms’, ‘Of the Coming of Men Into the West’ and ‘The Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Angrod and Aegnor in Dagor Bragollach – lilithran
  • The Dragon Helm of Dor-lomin – Alan Lee
  • Glaurung, the Black Wyrm – vaejoun

Season 1 Episode 8 – Thangorodrim

This episodes marks a departure from the main plot to instead focus on the rest of Middle-Earth rather than the Noldor. The main focuses are Morgoth in Angband and Thingol in Doriath. I found it more effective to give Thingol and episode of his own rather than give him a couple of minutes of screen time every now and then.

Prologue – Doriath (Y.T. 1130)

Tells of how Melian the Maia came to Doriath. And the trance Elwe (Thingol) fell into when he saw her.

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Angband (Y.T. 1497)

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  • Morgoth returns to his seat in Angband, received by Sauron.
  • Sauron informs Morgoth of the Sindar Elves that dwell in Doriath.
  • Morgoth orders Sauron to prepare the army for attack.

Doriath

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  • Thingol meets with the dwarves of Belegost, forging an alliance. He returns home to Melian.
  • Spies return to warn Thingol of orcs in the north.
  • Doriath is suddenly assaulted by Morgoth in the First Battle.

Ossiriand

  • Thingol and his army go on the offensive. He and King Denethor of the Green Elves attack the orcs at Amon Ereb. Denethor is slain, but the elves are victorious. The retreating orcs are killed by dwarves.

Doriath

  • Returning to Menegroth, Thingol finds Galadriel and Celeborn.

Mithrim

  • Feanor’s encampment in Mithrim ready for battle.

First Appearances – Thingol, Melian, Denethor

Deaths – Denethor

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Thingol and Melian’, ‘Of the Flight of the Noldor’ and ‘Of the Sindar’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • King of Doriath – Elena Kukanova
  • Nan Elmoth – Elwe and Melian – Elena Kukanova
  • Angband – Unknown
  • Beleg Departs Menegroth – Alan Lee