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.
- Elrond accompanies Maglor on a journey along the south coast of Gondor. Maglor continues his tales of the First Age
- 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.
- Thingol and Melian speak about a suitable husband for Luthien.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fingon takes up the seat of his father.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tol-in-Gaurhoth – Morgoth Belegruth
- Daeron and Luthien – Anke Eissman
- Hurin and Huor Approaching Gondolin – Donato Giancola
- Sauron the Deceiver – Skullbastard
- Barahir and his outlaws drive out a band of orcs from a cluster of towns in Dorthonion, freeing several people who lived there.
- Morgoth is furious at his forces for being unable to kill Barahir. He orders Sauron to go after them.
- Maedhros and Maglor ride forward to take back the Pass. It was scarcely guarded and they manage to do it quickly.
- Celegorm and Curufin come across Orodreth fleeing Minas Tirith. They destroy the orcs following them and suggest they head towards Nargothrond.
- 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.
- Barahir sends Beren on a scouting mission to the East.
- Hurin and Huor depart Gondolin, returning to Dor-lomin.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hurin and Huor return to Dor-lomin, where they are reunited with their father Galdor.
- Beren flees South to Doriath, where he comes across Luthien dancing in the woods.
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.
- Beren the Solitary Outlaw – peet
- Gorlim ill-fated – Kakomicly
- Hunting with the Great Hounds – Henning Janssen
- The Tale of Beren and Luthien – Unknown
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.
- Morgoth looks upon his forces gathered in the depths of Angband. He tells Gothmog it is time.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Barahir commands his men to take their people and retreat south. He takes his best men and rides East.
- 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.
- Angrod and Aegnor in Dagor Bragollach – lilithran
- The Dragon Helm of Dor-lomin – Alan Lee
- Glaurung, the Black Wyrm – vaejoun
- Fingolfin and Fingon drive off the orcs besieging the fortress and plan a counter-attack on Dorthonion.
- His army is joined by Hador, who volunteers to lead the vanguard.
Fen of Serech
- Finrod and his army hurry north to join Fingolfin, but are ambushed at Serech. Finrod is cut off from the bulk of his army and vastly outnumbered.
- Barahir comes across Finrod’s army and destroys the orc ambush.
- Finrod thanks Barahir. He swears an oath of friendship between families, giving him his ring. The ring is forever known as the Ring of Barahir.
- Hador rides on the massive army of orcs occupying Dorthonion, but he is set upon by balrogs.
- Fingon and Fingolfin come to his aid, but tens of thousands of men and elves are slain or captured.
- Fingolfin gives the order to retreat.
- Hador’s son Gundor is killed while retreating. Hador stands against the army alone covering his son’s body in a suicidal last stand.
- Fingon’s archers destroy the orcs attacking Hador. The orcs retreat back to Dorthonion.
- At Barad Eithel, Fingon recounts the losses of men and territory to Fingolfin. Fingolfin tells Fingon he will end the war alone.
- Fingolfin rides through the orc host in Ard-Galen, moonlight glowing off his armour. The orcs flee before him.
- Fingolfin challenges Morgoth at the Gates of Angband. Morgoth accepts. Fingolfin wounds Morgoth seven times, but he is cast down by Grond. Fingolfin delivers a final blow to Morgoth’s foot, before being crushed by it. Watching the duel from afar, Thorondor flew down and stole Fingolfin’s body before it could be desecrated.
Deaths – Fingolfin, Hador, Gundor
Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ from The Silmarillion.
- The Siege of Angband – John Howe
- The Oath of Finrod to Barahir – Anke Eissman
- Fingolfin’s Wrath – Ted Nasmith
- Fingolfin’s Challenge – John Howe
- Thorondor brings Fingolfn’s body to a peak above Gondolin. Turgon sees this and hurries up there. He builds a cairn over his father’s body, before sending word to Fingon at Barad Eithel.
- Finrod and Barahir meet with Fingon. They receive word of the King’s death from Thorondor. Fingon is named High King of the Noldor.
- Finrod asks Barahir to return with him to Nargothrond, but Barahir instead returns to Dorthonion to help any of his people who remain
- Glaurung returns to Thangorodrim with ten thousand Noldorian prisoners. Sauron tells Morgoth of the lands and people they now control.
- Barahir manages to save many families who flee East. Refusing to leave behind his lands, he and 11 others form an outlaw band who remain in Dorthonion, contesting Morgoth’s rule.
- Maedhros and Maglor remained unharmed in the fortress. Maedhros tells Maglor they will continue to honour the oath and they will find their brothers.
Vale of Sirion
- Ulmo speaks to Thorondor the Eagle, who is flying back to Gondolin. He convinces him to take Hurin and Huor to Gondolin.
- Hurin and Huor remain in the mist. Thorondor and his eagles come to them. Hurin is hesitant at first, but realises he has no other option.
- Thorondor flies Hurin and Huor to Gondolin, where he speaks with Turin about Ulmo’s words. Ulmo had said that the children of Hador will aid Gondolin in its darkest hour. Turgon welcomes the brothers.
Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from The Silmarillion.
- Death of Fingolfin – Abe Papakhian
- The Oath of Felagund – aautio
- At Tarn Aeluin – Ted Nasmith
- Hurin and Huor are Carried to Gondolin – Alan Lee