Season 9 Episode 4 – The Black Gate

Anduin

  • Faramir sees the funeral boat of Boromir.

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Dagorlad

  • Gollum remembers his past, including his murder of Deagol

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  • A nazgul flies over Frodo, Sam and Gollum. Frodo thanks Gollum, but Gollum refuses to go further. Frodo must threaten him with Sting to make him move.
  • Above the slag hills, they finally see the Black Gate.

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  • The Gate is closely guarded. Gollum says they must not go inside, but Sam and Frodo reply that they must.
  • Before Frodo attempts to enter the Gate, Gollum tells them of other ways into Mordor.
  • Gollum tells of the passage above Minas Morgul. He pleads with the hobbits to take that path instead.
  • Four Nazgul fly out above the Gate. Easterlings arrive as well. Gollum leads Frodo and Sam away from the Black Gate.

Minas Tirith

  • Faramir brings the cloven horn of Boromir to his father. Denethor angrily orders him to Ithilien.

Ithilien

  • Frodo and Sam reach green land again, where they bathe in the water.

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  • Gollum hunts for food, bringing back rabbits.
  • Sam notices graven lines on Frodo’s face and neck.
  • Sam cooks the rabbits in a stew. Frodo awakes and warns Sam of the fire.
  • The hobbits are found by four men. One of them is Faramir.

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  • Faramir does not believe the hobbits are travellers. Frodo explains their separation from Aragorn and Boromir.
  • Faramir sets a guard on the hobbits and disappears into the forest.
  • From afar, Frodo and Sam witness Faramir’s men attacking a company of Haradrim.
  • A mumak comes out of the forest and crushes the remainder of the Haradrim.

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  • Faramir returns and orders Frodo and Sam to be taken with them.

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First Appearance – Denethor, Deagol, Mablung, Damrod, Anborn

Death – Deagol

Adapted from chapters ‘The Shadow of the Past’, ‘The Black Gate is Closed’, ‘Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit’ and ‘The Window on the West’ and Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Black Gate is Closed – Michael Kaluta
  • The Funeral Boat of Boromir – Anke Eissmann
  • Smeagol and Deagol – Jos
  • The Black Gate is Closed – Alan Lee
  • First Sight of Ithilien – Ted Nasmith
  • Encounter with Faramir – Anke Eissmann
  • An Oliphaunt – Alan Lee
  • The Fallen Southron – Anke Eissmann
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Season 10 Episode 1 – Minas Tirith

Minas Tirith

  • Denethor comes down from the Tower of Ecthelion. He orders the beacons of Gondor lit. He summons Hirgon and gives him the Red Arrow, commanding him to ride to Edoras.

Rohan

  • Gandalf and Pippin ride through the night. They see Nazgul overhead but remain out of sight.
  • Aragorn tells the others he must go to Minas Tirith by a darker road.

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  • They ride towards Edoras. In the night they come across thirty rangers, along with Halbarad, Elladan and Elrohir.
  • Theoden welcomes them. Elrohir gives Aragorn Arwen’s standard and Elrond’s message to seek the Paths of the Dead.

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Edoras

  • Gandalf talks to Eowyn at Edoras before leaving for Minas Tirith.
  • Eowyn sends out riders to call the King’s banners. She rides for Dunharrow.

Helm’s Deep

  • Theoden and the others return to Helm’s Deep.
  • Gimli and Legolas take Merry around the Hornburg.

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  • Merry offers his services to Theoden. Theoden accepts.
  • Theoden commands Eomer to muster the army.
  • Aragorn looks into the Palantir. He reveals himself as Isildur’s heir to Sauron. Sauron shows him the Corsairs of Umbar.

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  • As Theoden prepares to leave for Edoras, Aragorn announces he will take the Paths of the Dead. Merry and Eomer say goodbye to Aragorn. Theoden and his riders set out.
  • Legolas, Gimli, Halbarad and the sons of Elrond swear to follow Aragorn.

Anorien

  • Gandalf and Pippin see the warning beacons of Gondor.

Minas Tirith

  • They reach Minas Tirith. They ride up to the seventh level.

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  • They speak with Denethor, who reveals his knowledge of Boromir’s death. Pippin explains how he died.
  • Denethor talks to Pippin of Boromir. Pippin offers his service to Denethor. Denethor accuses Gandalf of manipulation.

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  • Gandalf leaves with Pippin, explaining the history of kings and stewards.
  • Pippin checks on Shadowfax, meeting Beregond. Beregond shows Pippin the city, giving him the passwords to the gates and introducing him to the Third Company.
  • Beregond’s son, Bergil, shows Pippin the Great Gate. Reinforcements arrive, led by Imrahil.

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Osgiliath

  • Faramir sees Nazgul fly over the city, followed by a great cloud of darkness.

First Appearances – Beregond, Imrahil, Bergil, Hirgon, Golasgil, Hirluin, Forlong, Duinhir, Duilin, Derufin, Dervorin, Ingold

Adapted from chapters ‘Minas Tirith’, ‘The Passing of the Grey Company’ and ‘The Muster of Rohan’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Minas Tirith at Dawn – Ted Nasmith
  • Halbarad – Quinton Hoover
  • The Lady’s Gift – Anke Eissmann
  • The Glittering Caves of Aglarond – Ted Nasmith
  • Aragorn and the Palantir – Magali Villeneuve
  • Gandalf Approaches the Guarded City – John Howe
  • Denethor, Steward of Minas Tirith – Alan Lee
  • Imrahil – Donato Giancola

Season 10 Episode 3 – The Muster of Rohan

Osgiliath

  • Darkness fully covers the sky over Gondor.
  • The Witch-King’s army attacks the western side of Osgiliath.

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Dunharrow

  • Theoden and his riders reach Dunharrow and meet with Eowyn.
  • At dinner, a man enters the tent. He presents the Red Arrow to Theoden. Theoden says he will send six thousand spears to Gondor.

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  • The next day Theoden commands Eomer to call the heralds.
  • Theoden commands Erkenbrand to guard Rohan.
  • Theoden orders Merry to stay behind, despite his protests.
  • Eowyn dresses Merry in armour.

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  • The riders assemble. Theoden bids them to move out. He and Eomer say goodbye to Eowyn and Merry.
  • As the host rides out, a young rider named Dernhelm offers to take Merry with him.

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Minas Tirith

  • Imrahil talks with Gandalf about Denethor and the defence of the city.
  • Beregond and Pippin see the darkness covering the land. In the distance they see Nazgul.
  • Faramir and his men flee Osgiliath, the Nazgul pursue.

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  • Gandalf rides to Faramir’s aid. The Nazgul turn back.
  • As Faramir returns, he is shocked to see Pippin. He tells Gandalf of his encounter with Frodo and the path of Cirith Ungol.

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  • Denethor criticises Faramir’s judgement. Gandalf argues with Denethor about the Ring.
  • The next morning, Denethor gathers his Council. He is unwilling to abandon the defences and sends Faramir to defend the Rammas Echor.

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  • Gandalf warns Faramir not to throw his life away. After counsel with Imrahil and Pippin, Gandalf follows Faramir to the walls.

First Appearances – Hurin of the Keys, Targon

Adapted from chapters ‘The Muster of Rohan’ and ‘The Siege of Gondor’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Ride to Gondor – Abe Papakhian
  • Osgiliath – Nimrowen
  • The Red Arrow – Paula Disante
  • Theoden’s Army on the Road to Dunharrow – Roger Garland
  • Dernhelm – Matthew Stewart
  • Nazgul at the Walls – Ted Nasmith
  • Faramir Tells of Frodo and Sam – Anke Eissmann
  • A Bitter Farewell – Anke Eissmann

Season 10 Episode 4 – The Siege of Gondor

Rammas Echor

  • Gandalf holds back the Easterlings with white fire.
  • The Witch-King drives Gandalf back. Faramir and his men cover Gandalf. He tells Gandalf to return to Minas Tirith.
  • Faramir fights against an Easterling chieftain. He is wounded.

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Stone of Erech

  • Aragorn passes through small settlements of Gondor. The townsfolk hide in terror, naming him ‘King of the Dead’.
  • The company come to the Stone of Erech. Aragorn addresses the Oathbreakers, who swear allegiance.

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  • Aragorn leads them onwards to Pelargir with great speed, the Dead follow.

Minas Tirith

  • Gandalf speaks with Denethor. They come down to the battlements.
  • Beregond and Pippin watch the burning houses in the east.
  • Faramir retreats from the outer wall. Denethor orders Imrahil to lead a sortie to cover them.
  • Gandalf and Imrahil ride out. Faramir is hit by a Southron arrow. Imrahil picks him up and carries him on his horse back to the city.

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  • Imrahil takes Faramir to Denethor. A bed in the Tower is made up for Faramir.
  • Denethor looks into the Palantir. He sees the entire force of the enemy. His will snaps and he goes to sit unspeaking by his son.

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Anorien

  • Scouts report to Theoden that the enemy blocks the road. Theoden and Eomer decide to ride through Druadan Forest.
  • Elfhelm talks to Merry about the wild men of the forest.
  • Eomer brings a wild man, Ghan-Buri-Ghan, to talk with Theoden. Ghan offers to take them through the woods.
  • Dernhelm eats in private, taking care not to show her face.

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Druadan Forest

  • Ghan leads the host through the forest.
  • At the edge of the wood, Eomer comes across two men. One is Hirgon, who has been beheaded.
  • Theoden resumes the ride, leading all calvary at great haste.

Pelargir

  • Corsairs overrun the port.
  • Gondorian reinforcements arrive, led by Aragorn. The small force defeats the corsairs in the streets.

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  • The Oathbreakers drive the corsairs back to the ships. The corsairs, terrified, jump overboard.
  • Aragorn rounds up the defenders of Pelargir. He asks them to accompany him to Minas Tirith. Many thousands volunteer.

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  • Legolas sees the sea for the first time.
  • Aragorn releases the Oathbreakers.

Minas Tirith

  • Great trenches filled with fire surround the city. Catapults fire upon the walls. Siege towers move forward.
  • Ingold reports to Denethor that there has been no news from Rohan. Denethor refuses to leave Faramir, telling his men to follow whom they will.
  • Gandalf and Imrahil take over the defence of the city.
  • The heads of the dead are catapulted into the city. The Nazgul attack from above.

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  • Mumakil tow towers to the walls. The men keep them at bay.
  • The Witch-King calls for Grond. With his cries the ram strikes the gate. On the third strike the gate breaks.

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  • Denethor releases Pippin from his service. He summons his servants to take Faramir to the tombs. Pippin runs to find Gandalf.
  • The Witch-King rides through the gate. All flee but Gandalf. As they prepare to fight, horns blow to the north.

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First Appearances – Gothmog (II), Ghan-Buri-Ghan, Angbor, the King of the Dead

Deaths – Damrod, Anborn, Hirgon

Adapted from chapters ‘The Siege of Gondor’, ‘The Ride of the Rohirrim’ and ‘The Last Debate’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Siege of Minas Tirith – John Howe
  • Battle of Osgiliath – Shockbolt
  • Oathbreakers, Why Have Ye Come – Abe Papakhian
  • Last of All He Came – Anke Eissmann
  • Denethor Grieves For His Son – Anke Eissmann
  • The Aid of the Wild Men – Ted Nasmith
  • Angbor of Lamedon – Jan Pospisil
  • Legolas Comes to the Sea – Jef Murray
  • The Siege of Minas Tirith – Jesse Van Dijk
  • The Siege of Minas Tirith – Stephen Hickman
  • Gandalf Facing Witch-King – Angus McBride

Season 10 Episode 5 – The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Rammas Echor

  • A great west wind blows away the darkness in front of the Rohirrim.
  • Dernhelm breaks rank and moves close to the King. The riders pass through the wall.
  • Theoden looks upon Minas Tirith. He speaks to his riders, issuing commands to Eomer, Grimbold and Elfhelm. He blows the great horn himself.

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Pelennor

  • The Witch-King leaves the gate.
  • The Rohirrim charge into the orc lines. They overrun the northern half of the Pelennor.

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  • Elfhelm drives the orcs and siege engines into the fire pits.
  • The Witch-King mounts a fell-beast, returning to attack the Rohirrim.

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  • The Haradrim lead their cavalry and mumakil against Theoden.
  • Theoden rides through the Haradrim, slaying their chieftain. The Rohirrim force the remainder to retreat.

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Minas Tirith

  • Pippin finds Beregond at the citadel. He tells Beregond of Denethor’s plan, yet Beregond has to break orders to save Faramir.
  • Pippin finds Gandalf. Imrahil takes over defense of the gate. Gandalf rides with Pippin to the tombs.
  • Beregond attacks Denethor, but is set upon by his guards. He slays two.

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  • Gandalf arrives. He takes out the two guards and confronts Denethor. Unable to reason with him, he pushes him aside and takes Faramir from the pyre. He pleads with Denethor to go down to the battle.
  • Denethor breaks his Steward’s staff on his knee and sets himself aflame, dying on the pyre with the Palantir in his hands.

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Pelennor

  • Theoden calls his riders to him. As he does so, the Witch-King attacks him from the air, killing Snowmane. Theoden is crushed by the horse’s body. Dernhelm and Merry are knocked from their horse.
  • Dernhelm stands between the Witch-King and Theoden. She reveals herself as Eowyn.

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  • Eowyn beheads the fell-beast. The Witch-King shatters Eowyn’s shield, but is stabbed by Merry from behind. Eowyn drives her sword between the Witch-King’s helm and armour, killing him. She collapses.

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  • Merry finds Theoden alive. Eomer rides up and Eothain picks up the King’s banner. Theoden hails Eomer as king before he dies.

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  • The Haradrim return with many more horsemen and mumakil. Eomer finds Eowyn on the field. In deep anger he and his men ride towards the mumakil, crying ‘death!’
  • The King’s men bear Theoden and Eowyn off the battlefield.
  • Imrahil leads the remaining strength of the city out of the gates. He finds the King’s men and shows them Eowyn is still alive.
  • Gandalf and Pippin see their hopes fade on the battlefield. Eomer and Imrahil are surrounded and they spot the ships on the Anduin.
  • Eomer prepares for a last stand. But out of the ships comes the standard of Arwen, followed by Aragorn and 4000 men of Gondor.

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  • The three armies fight long, until the forces of Mordor retreat.
  • The river and Pelennor burn red in the night. Aragorn looks over the slain, including Forlong, Dunhere, Hirluin, Grimbold and Halbarad.

Deaths – Theoden, Witch-King, Denethor, Halbarad, Grimbold, Guthlaf, Deorwine, Duilin, Derufin, Forlong, Gothmog, Hirluin, Dunhere, Fastred

Adapted from chapters ‘The Ride of the Rohirrim’, ‘The Battle of the Pelennor Fields’ and ‘The Pyre of Denethor’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Eowyn’s Stand in the Pelennor Fields – Laurent Alquier
  • The Ride of the Rohirrim – Abe Papakhian
  • The Ride of the Rohirrim – Graham Wyckford
  • Pelennor Fields – Ruizburgos
  • The Black Serpent Founders – Anke Eissmann
  • Beregond – Magali Villeneuve
  • The Pyre of Denethor – Anke Eissmann
  • Eowyn and the Nazgul – Matt Stewart
  • Eowyn and the Witch-King – Alarie
  • Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul – Ted Nasmith
  • Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul – Donato Giancola
  • Merry and Theoden – Francesco Amadio
  • Thus Came Aragorn – Ted Nasmith