Season 8 Episode 6 – The Council of Elrond

Rivendell

  • Glorfindel carries Frodo to Elrond, who begins to heal him.
  • Aragorn and the hobbits are welcomed by Gandalf.
  • Legolas, Gloin and Gimli, and Boromir arrive in Rivendell.
  • Frodo awakens two days later to find Gandalf sitting nearby. Gandalf explains the Ringwraiths, Frodo’s wound and the flood at the Ford.

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  • Gandalf takes Frodo to the Hall of Fire, where he finds his friends. Among the guests he also finds Gloin and Bilbo. They talk of Erebor and Bilbo’s work, including A Elbereth Gilthoniel.

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  • Glorfindel explains to Frodo how he returned from death. He also tells of the Ringwraith that stabbed Frodo, the Witch-King, and the battles of Arnor and Angmar. He claims the Witch-King will not fall by the hand of man.

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  • Aragorn helps Bilbo with his poem and then talks to Arwen and Elrond. Elrond reasserts his condition for Aragorn and Arwen to marry: Aragorn must become King of Gondor and Arnor.
  • The next day, Gandalf takes Bilbo and Frodo to the Council of Elrond.
  • Elrond states the purpose of the Council and introduces Frodo and the Ring.Lord_of_Rivendell
  • Gloin tells of the messenger that came to Erebor and Legolas tells of Gollum’s escape.
  • Elrond relates the history of the Ring. Afterwards Boromir tells of his dream. Aragorn reveals the shards of Narsil.
  • Gandalf tells of Gollum and the treason of Saruman.
  • The Council debates on what to do. Boromir suggest using the Ring for good, while Glorfindel suggests throwing it in the sea. Elrond declares it must be destroyed in Mount Doom.

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  • Bilbo, despite his age, volunteers to take the Ring. Gandalf says he cannot, and so Frodo volunteers instead.
  • Sam bursts forth from hiding and says Frodo will not go alone.

First Appearances – Lindir, Galdor

Adapted from chapters ‘Many Meetings’ and ‘The Council of Elrond’ and Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Council of Elrond – Peachdust
  • A Pleasant Awakening – Carol Emery Phenix
  • Battle of Fornost – Merlkir
  • Hall of Fire – Stephen Hickman
  • Lord of Rivendell – Peter Xavier Price
  • The Council of Elrond – Alan Lee
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Season 9 Episode 7 – Helm’s Deep

Edoras

  • Aragorn’s goodbye with Eowyn leads him to remember Arwen.

Rivendell

  • Arwen speaks with Elrond about aiding Aragorn. Elrond replies there is nothing they can do.

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  • Halbarad and the Dunedain rangers come to Rivendell. Arwen asks them to give Aragorn her standard. Elrond requests they find and aid Aragorn. He sends Elladan and Elrohir with them, with a message to take the Paths of the Dead.

Rohan

  • Theoden rides south of Isen. They find many slain.
  • Gandalf sees the uruk army from afar. He returns to talk with Theoden. He convinces Theoden to ride to Helm’s Deep and await him there.
  • Gandalf leaves without reason.

Helm’s Deep

  • Theoden and the army arrive at Helm’s Deep
  • Aragorn finds little provisions at Helm’s Deep. He prepares the men for battle quickly.
  • Scouts report that the uruk army is heading towards the Hornburg. Aragorn, Eomer and Theoden discuss battle plans.
  • As night falls, the army is seen on the horizon.

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  • Theoden commands Gamling to defend Helm’s Dike. They kill many orcs, but they are forced to retreat.
  • Eomer arrays the men on the tower and deeping wall.
  • The uruk-hai surge towards the wall. They fire arrows, but get no response until they are very close. The first volley of arrows and rocks from the men force the orcs to break rank.
  • The biggest orcs form to try and break the gate. They are scattered by a sortie led by Aragorn, Eomer and Gimli.
  • The men barricade the gate as the orcs raise ladders to climb the wall. Aragorn and Eomer push the weary men to keep fighting.

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  • A small party of orcs creep through the culvert and attack the men from behind. Gimli and the men push them back, barricading the culvert.
  • The wall is breached by blasting fire and many orcs pour in to the deep.

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  • Eomer and Gimli lead men to combat the orcs, but they are overrun and retreat into the Glittering Caves.
  • Theoden orders the men off the wall. Aragorn and Legolas lead them up the stair to the keep, Aragorn being nearly overcome by orcs.

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  • Hama is killed before the gate and his body hacked to pieces.
  • Gimli beholds the glory of the Glittering Caves
  • Aragorn and Theoden debate their next move. Aragorn attempts a parley but is shot at.
  • The uruks use blasting fire to damage the gate, eventually destroying it.
  • Theoden leads the remaining riders out of the gate into the invading uruks. They push the orcs out of the keep.

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  • As the orcs are distracted, Eomer and Gimli lead the men out of the Glittering Caves, forcing the orcs from the deep.
  • As the orcs retreat past Helm’s Dike, Gandalf appears leading a thousand of Erkenbrand’s men. The orcs are gripped with fear and flee into a waiting forest of Huorns.

First Appearance – Gamling, Halbarad

Deaths – Hama, Ceorl

Adapted from chapters ‘The King of the Golden Hall’, ‘Helm’s Deep’ and ‘The Passing of the Grey Company’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Helm’s Deep – Jeremy Bennett
  • Elrond and Arwen – Soni Alcorn-Hender
  • Legolas and Gimli – Anke Eissmann
  • The Battle of Helm’s Deep – Toby Carr
  • Helm’s Deep – John Howe
  • The Battle at Helm’s Deep – Alan Lee
  • The Charge of the Rohirrim at Helm’s Deep – John Howe

Season 10 Episode 6 – The Land of Shadow

Barad-Dur

  • Shagrat comes to the Tower. He shows Sauron the mithril vest. Sauron kills him.
  • Sauron commands the Ringwraiths to move forward their armies in the north.

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Gorgoroth

  • Sam and Frodo scurry away from Cirith Ungol. The Nazgul return from the battle to Barad-Dur. Frodo and Sam run and hide.
  • Under a bridge, they hear an orc company pass above them. They slide down a cliff into a tangle of thorns.
  • Frodo struggles to walk. He takes his orc-mail off. They see the west wind blow away some of the black cloud overhead.

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  • They find a stream, the first water they have had in days.
  • Frodo falls asleep and Sam keeps watch. He looks over Mordor and sees in the sky a white star. He falls asleep as well.

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Rivendell

  • With his elves departing, Elrond and Arwen receive news from Glorfindel of the victory in Gondor and battles in Dale, Mirkwood and Lothlorien.

Erebor

  • King Brand retreats to Erebor. Dain leads the dwarves out to fight. Brand is mortally wounded. Dain defends his body, but is wounded himself. They retreat inside the mountain.

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Mirkwood

  • The Woodland Realm is set alight. Thranduil rides out and repels the attackers.

Lothlorien

  • Celeborn drives back the third assault. Galadriel says they must destroy Dol Guldur.

Minas Tirith

  • Theoden is carried through the city. Pippin finds Merry.
  • Beregond brings Faramir to the Houses of Healing. Eowyn and Merry are also brought there.
  • Aragorn waits outside of the city for Denethor to allow him to enter. Imrahil tells him of Denethor’s fate. Aragorn appoints Imrahil as acting leader.
  • Gandalf meets Aragorn. He asks for aid in the Houses. He tells Eomer that Eowyn lives.
  • Aragorn asks for kingsfoil. Ioreth sends Bergil to fetch some.

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  • Aragorn heals Faramir, Eowyn and Merry, who awake and speak with him.
  • People gather to see Aragorn. They ask for his help in healing. He and the sons of Elrond work through the night.

Gorgoroth

  • Frodo and Sam see the vast armies of Mordor. They have no choice but to walk through.
  • They overhear two orcs talk of a great elven warrior on the loose.
  • Sam thinks he sees Gollum spying them.

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  • A battalion of orcs come up behind them. They hide but are spotted and forced into line.
  • Frodo stumbles. As he does, another orc company crashes into them. Scuffles break out and Sam drags Frodo out of the lines and into a pit.

Mirkwood

  • Thranduil and Celeborn meet in Mirkwood, planning to attack Dol Guldur

First Appearances – Ioreth, Brand, Bard II, Thorin III Stonehelm

Deaths – Shagrat. Brand, Dain

Adapted from chapters ‘The Houses of Healing’ and ‘The Land of Shadow’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings and ‘The Quest for Erebor’ of Unfinished Tales

Pictures

  • Mordor – Dario Coelho
  • Barad-Dur – Alan Lee
  • Stench of Mordor – John Howe
  • Sam’s Revelation – Ted Nasmith
  • Dale Units vs Rhun – Jan Pospisil
  • Athelas – Anke Eissmann
  • Mount Doom – John Howe

Season 10 Episode 8 – The Steward and the King

Mordor

  • Gwaihir bears Gandalf over Mordor to Mount Doom.

Dale

  • Bard II and Thorin Stonehelm drive the enemy from Dale.

Dol Guldur

  • Celeborn and Thranduil destroy Dol Guldur. Galadriel purifies the fortress.

Middle-earth

  • All over Middle Earth, the enemy flees.

Cormallen

  • Sam and Frodo awaken to find Gandalf. They are taken outside where the whole Army of the West celebrates their deeds.

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  • They are reunited with Pippin, Merry, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli.

Rivendell

  • Elrond receives word of Sauron’s defeat. He gives leave for Arwen to marry Aragorn.

Minas Tirith

  • Faramir and Eowyn speak of their dreams, a wave climbing over green lands. As they do so, the shadows depart and the sun is unveiled.

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  • Faramir shows Eowyn the beauty of healing and of the gardens. He offers her his love.
  • The Army of the West return to the city. Faramir gives Aragorn the keys and the crown of Earnur.
  • Gandalf crowns Aragorn King of Gondor and Arnor.

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  • Aragorn enters Minas Tirith and sits on his throne.
  • Aragorn pardons the Easterlings and the Haradrim. He pardons Beregond from death, but banishes him from Minas Tirith, setting him to instead be captain of the White Company in Ithilien.

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  • Eowyn speaks with Aragorn. Afterwards, she agrees to marry Faramir.

Rohan

  • Elladan and Elrohir meet the escort of Arwen, including Elrond, Glorfindel, Galadriel and Celeborn.

White Mountains

  • Gandalf takes Aragorn high into the mountains. They look across his realm and find a sapling of the White Tree.

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Minas Tirith

  • Weeks later, Aragorn and Arwen are wed.

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  • The Fellowship and their friends leave Minas Tirith.

Edoras

  • King Theoden is laid to rest. Faramir and Eowyn are betrothed.
  • Arwen speaks to Frodo of her place on the ships into the west.

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  • Elrond and Arwen go into the hills where they say their final goodbyes.

Isengard

  • Treebeard reveals he has released Saruman.
  • Legolas and Gimli leave the Fellowship, travelling through Fangorn.

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  • Aragorn says farewell. He watches the Fellowship go north, the green fire of the Elfstone in his hand.

Eriador

  • They come across Saruman and offer him mercy. He declines.

A Tolkien illustration by Ted Nasmith

Rivendell

  • The company reaches Rivendell. Frodo reunites with Bilbo

Adapted from chapters ‘The Field of Cormallen’, ‘The Steward and the King’ and ‘Many Partings’ and Appendices A and B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Steward and the King – Anke Eissmann
  • The Field of Cormallen – Tolman Cotton
  • The Sun Unveiled – Ted Nasmith
  • The Crowning of Elessar – Francesco Amadio
  • The Judgement on Beregond – Maureval
  • Elessar and Mithrandir – Peter Xavier Price
  • King and His Queen – Janka Lateckova
  • Arwen’s Gift – Anke Eissmann
  • Journey Home – Anna Lee
  • Saruman is Overtaken – Ted Nasmith

Season 10 Episode 10 – The Grey Havens

The Shire

  • Merry and Pippin drive the last of the ruffians from the Shire.
  • Sam plants the seed found in the box of Earth Galadriel found him.
  • Over the next year, the Shire is rebuilt.

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  • Frodo falls ill in March, the anniversary of his poisoning.
  • Merry and Pippin are hailed as heroes all over the Shire.
  • Sam marries Rosie. They have a child, whom Frodo helps name Elanor.

Rivendell

  • Galadriel and Gandalf come to Rivendell. With Elrond they decide it’s time to leave Middle-Earth.
  • Elrond gives his sons their choice to go into the West or become mortal. They are undecided, but choose to stay for the time being.
  • With Bilbo, Glorfindel and a few other Noldor, the keepers leave Rivendell for the last time.

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The Shire

  • Frodo plans to go to Rivendell to see Bilbo. He gives Sam the keys to Bag End and the Red Book.
  • They meet the keepers on the road.

The Grey Havens

  • They pass the white towers Frodo dreamed of and come to the Grey Havens.

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  • Cirdan welcomes them at the gates. Gandalf is also there, with Merry and Pippin.
  • Frodo reveals to Sam he is leaving Middle Earth with Bilbo. He says goodbye to his friends and leaves on the ship with the Ringbearers.

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The Shire

  • Sam returns to Bag End, reuniting with Rosie and Elanor.

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Valinor

  • Frodo sees the shores of Valinor, and the ship of Earendil.

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  • Frodo narrates the fates of the Fellowship.

The Shire

  • Sam becomes mayor and has thirteen children.
  • Merry becomes Master of Buckland.
  • Pippin becomes Thain.

Gondor

  • Aragorn reforms the Great Council, restores Orthanc and Ithilien, renews the Oath of Cirion and declares the Shire a free land.

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  • Aragorn stays in Annuminas and visits The Shire, he and Arwen have a son and several daughters.
  • Gimli rebuilds the Gate of Minas Tirith.

Aglarond

  • Legolas and Gimli visit the Glittering Caves and Ithilien. Gimli remains in Aglarond, becoming Lord of the Glittering Caves.

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Ithilien

  • Faramir and Eowyn wed. They rule Ithilien, with Beregond as Captain and Legolas helping to restore Ithilien to its former glory.

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Lothlorien

  • The light of the elves diminish and the elven realms are eventually abandoned. Celeborn travels over the sea, taking with him the last memory of the Noldor.

Rohan

  • In old age, Eomer invites Merry and Pippin to Edoras. He dies and they move on to Gondor.

Minas Tirith

  • Merry and Pippin die in Gondor. They are entombed beside Aragorn, after his death many years later.

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Lothlorien

  • Arwen surrenders her life at Lothlorien.

Anduin

  • After Aragorn’s funeral, Legolas and Gimli sail down the Anduin.

The Shire

  • After Rosie’s death, Sam leaves the Red Book to Elanor.

The Grey Havens

  • Sam sails over the sea.

Valinor

  • The boats of Legolas and Sam see the tower of Avallone and behold the white shores of Valinor, where old friends await.

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  • Sam reunites with Frodo.

First Appearances – Eldarion, Elanor

Deaths – Aragorn, Arwen, Eomer, Merry, Pippin, Rosie Cotton

Adapted from chapters ‘The Scouring of the Shire’ and ‘The Grey Havens’ and Appendices A and B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Departure at the Grey Havens – Ted Nasmith
  • Hobbiton – Francesco Amadio
  • Elves Leave Middle-earth – Araniart
  • Grey Havens – Paul Lasaine
  • Grey Havens – Francesco Amadio
  • Sam and Rosie – Roger Garland
  • Elessar – John Howe
  • Aglarond – Glittering Caves – Iomehir
  • Eowyn and Faramir – Matt Stewart
  • Aragorn’s Tomb – Ben Curtis
  • Legolas and Gimli Reach the Shores of Valinor – Ted Nasmith