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 8 – The Union of Maedhros

Himring

  • Word reaches Maedhros from Fingon. Maglor arrives back with Caranthir and Angrod, telling Maedhros that Azaghal is on their side.

Doriath

  • The Eagles carry Beren, Luthien and Huan to Menegroth.
  • Thingol has his healers see to them immediately. He confronts Beren, who says he holds a Silmaril in his hand. Thingol only sees his stump. However, after hearing their story Thingol holds Beren above mortal men, and gives him permission to marry Luthien.
  • Mablung and Beleg report back to Thingol about Carcharoth ravaging lands near the borders of Doriath.
  • Beren and Luthien are married that day.

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  • Soon after, Thingol gathers a hunting party to kill Carcharoth. Beren, Beleg, Mablung, Huan and several others go along.
  • In the forest Beren is assaulted by Carcharoth, tearing him open. Huan leaps onto him and is mortally wounded himself, but manages to kill Carcharoth. He lays down beside Beren and dies.

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  • Mablung cuts open the belly of Carcharoth and finds the Silmaril, Beren’s hand still holding it. He gives it to Beren, who in turn hands it over to Thingol as his bride price.
  • Beren is taken back to Menegroth, where he dies in Luthien’s arms. When Thingol sends elves in to take Beren’s body away, they find Luthien dead as well.

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Dor-lomin

  • Hurin gives his son Turin a knife as a gift. Turin in turn gives it to his friend Sador, who needs it for woodworking.
  • Hurin is called away to Hithlum by Fingon. He gathers Huor and his army and says farewell to his family.

Hithlum

  • Maedhros comes to Hithlum with his brothers, Azaghal of the dwarves and Ulfang of the Easterlings . They find Celegorm and Curufin already there.
  • Maedhros and Fingon talk about the deeds of Beren and Luthien. Maedhros sets out a battle plan to eventually besiege and destroy Angband. There Maedhros forms the Union of Maedhros.

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Gondolin

  • Maeglin brings word of the Union to Turgon, who agrees to join his brother in battle. For the first time, Turgon leads his elves out from Gondolin.

First Appearances – Lalaith, Turin, Sador

Deaths – Beren, Luthien, Huan, Carcharoth

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ and ‘Of the Fifth Battle’ from the Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from the Lays of Beleriand, ‘Narn i Hin Hurin’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Childhood of Turin’ from The Children of Hurin

Pictures

  • The Quest Fulfilled – Anke Eissman
  • Beren and Luthien – Lleayhe
  • Huan’s Leap – Ted Nasmith
  • The Death – Tuuliky
  • Union of Maedhros – Eilian