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
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Season 7 Episode 5 – Inside Information

Laketown

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  • The dwarves pop out of the barrels when they arrive at Laketown, dirty and exhausted.
  • Bard takes them to meet the Master.
  • The Master throws a feast for the dwarves. Thorin hailed as a hero.

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  • The day after the feast, the dwarves ready to leave for Erebor.

Lothlorien

  • Saruman agrees to an attack on Dol Guldor.
  • The elves of Lothlorien ready for the attack.

Erebor

  • The dwarves walk through Dale and find the secret door.
  • Bilbo finds the thrush and the sun shines upon the keyhole.

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  • Thorin sends Bilbo down to steal something.
  • Bilbo sees Smaug and steals a cup, taking it back to Thorin.
  • Smaug notices the cup is gone and bursts out of the mountain. He finds the ponies and eats them. Bombur has remained at the bottom of the mountain. They hurl him up with a rope and flee inside the door before Smaug scorches the side of the mountain.

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  • They send Bilbo back down to find the Arkenstone. Smaug smells him this time. Bilbo flatters Smaug until he can find the Arkenstone, at the same time seeing Smaug’s weak spot.
  • Smaug deduces Bilbo is from Laketown and so flies off to destroy it.

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First Appearances – Smaug, Master of Laketown, Girion (flashback)

Adapted from chapters ‘A Warm Welcome’, ‘On the Doorstep’ and ‘Inside Information’ in The Hobbit and Appendix B of Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Conversation with Smaug – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Laketown – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Abusing Hospitality – Henning Janssen
  • When the Thrush Knocks – Ted Nasmith
  • Scouring the Mountain – Ted Nasmith
  • Smaug the Destroyer – Ted Nasmith

Season 7 Episode 6 – Gathering of the Clouds

Dol Guldor

  • The White Council leads the army of Lothlorien to Dol Guldor.
  • The White Council defeat the orcs of Dol Guldor and drive out Sauron.

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Beorn’s House

  • Bolg leads an army of orcs and wargs past Beorn’s lands.

Dol Guldor

  • Gandalf leaves the White Council.

Mirkwood

  • Gandalf comes across Bolg’s army on the borders of Mirkwood. He turns east and rides through the forest.

Erebor

  • Smaug hurls boulders and flames against the secret door.
  • He flies towards Laketown
  • Bilbo finds the thrush and writes a message for it to find Bard.

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Laketown

  • Smaug comes upon Laketown. He flames the entire town, killing many.
  • Bard and his men shoot at Smaug, but the arrows deflect off him.

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  • The thrush finds Bard with the message. Bard finds Smaug’s weak spot and hits it with his Black Arrow.
  • Smaug dies, falling upon the town.

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Erebor

  • The dwarves go down and discover the gold. Thorin gifts Bilbo with a Mithril coat.
  • Through the front gate they see the destruction of Laketown.

Esgaroth

  • The survivors reach the shore. The people hail Bard.
  • The raft-elves come upon them. Bard tells of Smaug’s death.

Mirkwood

  • A messenger comes to Thranduil, informing him of Smaug’s death.

Esgaroth

  • Bard argues with the Master about their direction. The people side with Bard and drive the Master away.
  • Thranduil and his elves come to Esgaroth and help the survivors.
  • Thranduil talks with Bard about the dwarves and their gold. They both agree they deserve portions.

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Death – Smaug

Adapted from chapters ‘Not at Home’, ‘Fire and Water’ and ‘The Gathering of the Clouds’ in The Hobbit and Appendix B of Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Gathering of the Clouds – David Wyatt
  • Attack on Dol Guldur – Angus McBride
  • Bilbo and the Thrush – Alarie
  • Alert the Folk – John Howe
  • The Black Arrow – Ted Nasmith
  • Gandalf and Erebor – minenanoah

Season 7 Episode 7 – The Clouds Burst

Erebor

  • A raven, Roac, comes to Erebor, sent by Dain.

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  • Thorin observes the Elvenking’s armies. He sends Roac back with a message for Dain to bring a host of armoured dwarves.
  • The dwarves fortify the gate of Erebor.

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  • Bard comes to speak with Thorin. Thorin refuses to give up any treasure and will not speak with Thranduil.
  • Bilbo attempts to convince the dwarves against war.
  • Bilbo takes the Arkenstone and sneaks down to the camps.

The Camps

  • Bilbo is found by Gandalf who takes him to Bard and Thranduil.
  • Bilbo gives Thranduil the Arkenstone.

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Erebor

  • The next day, Bard shows Thorin the Arkenstone.
  • Thorin kicks Bilbo out of the mountain.
  • Dain and his dwarves arrive but are blocked by Bard. The dwarves ready to attack.
  • Gandalf stands between the armies and tells of Bolg coming from the north.
  • The three armies protect the mountain against Bolg. The goblins gain the upper hand.
  • Thorin leads the dwarves out of the mountain.
  • The Eagles arrive.

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  • Thorin fights Bolg and is wounded gravely. Fili and Kili fall defending him.
  • Beorn arrives and kills Bolg.
  • Bilbo is hit on the head by a falling rock and is knocked out.

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First Appearance – Roac

Deaths – Fili, Kili, Bolg

Adapted from the chapters ‘The Gathering of the Clouds’, ‘A Thief in the Night’ and ‘The Clouds Burst’ in The Hobbit.

Pictures

  • The Battle of Five Armies – John Blanche
  • Thorin and Roac – John Howe
  • The Siege of Erebor – Alan Lee
  • The Arkenstone – Ulla Thynel
  • The Battle of Five Armies – ‘The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield’ – Lucas Graciano
  • Battle Under the Mountain – Matt Stewart

Season 7 Episode 8 – The Return Journey

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Erebor

  • Bilbo wakes up to find the battle over.
  • Gandalf finds Bilbo and takes him to the camps.
  • Bilbo finds Thorin dying. Thorin repents his actions and greed before he dies.

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  • Thorin is buried in Erebor, with the Arkenstone and Orcrist upon his chest.
  • Dain is crowned King Under the Mountain. He gives 1/14th of the treasure to Bard to rebuild Dale.
  • Bilbo says goodbye to the dwarves

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  • Bilbo leaves with Gandalf, Thranduil and Beorn.
  • Bilbo narrates the rebuild of Dale, leaving Beorn and returning to Rivendell.

Rivendell

  • Elrond offers Bilbo a home at Rivendell, but Bilbo chooses to return home.

Troll Shaws

  • Bilbo digs up the treasure left at the troll’s cave.

The Shire

  • Bilbo returns to Bag End to find the Sackville-Baggins selling off his possessions.
  • Bilbo tries to convince everyone that he’s not dead.
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  • Gandalf and Balin visit Bilbo at Bag End.

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  • Bilbo adopts his young cousin, Frodo.
  • Bilbo begins writing the Red Book of Westmarch.

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First Appearances – Frodo Baggins, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Otho Sackville-Baggins, Gaffer Gamgee, Ted Sandyman, Farmer Cotton

Death – Thorin

Adapted from the chapters ‘The Return Journey’ and ‘The Last Stage’ of The Hobbit and Appendix B of Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Return Journey – Charles Burggraf
  • Beorn Finds Thorin – Joona Kujanen
  • The Death of Thorin – John Howe
  • Balin – Turner Mohan
  • Visit to Bilbo – Alan Lee
  • Many Paths to Tread – Jef Murray