Season 8 Episode 4 – Strider

Minas Tirith

  • Boromir and Faramir have a dream – ‘Seek for the sword that was broken’

The Old Forest

  • Tom sends the hobbits in the direction of the Barrow Downs.

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Barrow Downs

  • They walk through the fog-covered downs, to where they think they see the end.
  • Frodo sees the exit and rushes ahead, when he turns back he finds his friends gone, with cries in the distance.
  • Frodo hurries back until he finds a barrow. An icy hand grabs him and knocks him out.

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Isengard

  • Gandalf sees the eagles flying nearby. He raises his staff and emits a bright light. Gwaihir notices him and flies to his aid.

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Barrow Downs

  • Frodo awakens in a barrow. He hears a voice chanting and sees his friends lying next to him. A hand comes reaching for them and Frodo slashes at it with his dagger.

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  • Frodo remembers the song Tom taught them and sings it. A voice answers his call. Tom smashes open the barrow and dispels the wight.
  • From the barrow’s treasure Tom takes a brooch and gives the four hobbits a Westernesse dagger each. He accompanies them to the exit then sends them to Bree.

Hobbiton

  • Gandalf speaks with the Gaffer, who tells him Frodo has already left and that black riders had been searching the area. Gandalf hurries to Bree.

Bree

  • A hooded figure watches the hobbits enter Bree.
  • Frodo asks for Gandalf at the Prancing Pony, but he is not there. Merry rests in the room while the other three drink in the hall.

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  • Barliman points Strider, the hooded figure, out to Frodo. Strider makes some comments that intrigues Frodo.
  • Frodo notices Pippin about to tell of Bilbo’s Ring. Frodo starts singing to distract them but falls and the Ring slips on his finger, astounding the people with his disappearance.

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  • Frodo reappears in the corner and hurriedly takes Sam and Pippin back to the room, where Strider appears.
  • Strider tells them of the black riders and that Bree is not safe. Barliman comes to the room with a letter from Gandalf. Gandalf explains that Strider is to be trusted, his real name being Aragorn.
  • Merry, out on a walk, encounters a black rider. He hurries to tell the others.
  • Aragorn leaves pillow decoys in the beds and takes the hobbits down to the parlour.

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Crickhollow

  • The black riders raid Crickhollow. Fatty flees.

First Appearances – Boromir, Faramir, Barliman Butterbur, Nob, Bob, Harry Goatleaf

Adapted from chapters ‘Fog on the Barrow Downs’, ‘At the Sign of the Prancing Pony’, ‘Strider’ and ‘The Council of Elrond’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Strider in the Prancing Pony – Peter Xavier Price
  • Fog on the Barrow Downs – Paul Raymond Gregory
  • The Barrow-Wight – John Howe
  • Gandalf Escapes Upon Gwaihir – Ted Nasmith
  • Under the Spell of the Barrow-Wight – Ted Nasmith
  • At the Sign of the Prancing Pony – Ted Nasmith
  • At the Prancing Pony – Alan Lee
  • Nazgul at Bree – Greg and Tim Hildebrandt
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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

Season 9 Episode 6 – The Forbidden Pool

Dol Guldur

  • Khamul the Ringwraith sends out armies to attack Lothlorien and the Woodland Realm.

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Lothlorien

  • The army of Dol Guldor attacks Lothlorien. The army is repelled by Celeborn and the power of Galadriel’s ring.

Ithilien

  • Sam awakes to find Faramir interrogating Frodo. Faramir alludes to the dream Boromir told of at Rivendell.

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  • Faramir suspects Frodo of betraying Boromir.
  • Faramir confronts Frodo over Boromir’s death, revealing he has seen the funeral boat. Frodo does not believe Boromir is dead.
  • Faramir cannot hold back his grief, asking for answers about Boromir’s death.
  • Faramir decides to take them back to Minas Tirith.
  • Frodo and Sam are blindfolded and taken west. Faramir asks questions about Isildur’s Bane, suspecting that Frodo carries it.

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  • Faramir removes their blindfolds and shows them the Window on the West.

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  • He tells them about the glory of Gondor, including fighting alongside Boromir. (flashback)
  • Sam accidentally reveals Boromir tried to take the Ring. Frodo shows Faramir the Ring, but he has no interest in it. Frodo tells him of the quest to destroy it.
  • Frodo and Sam go to sleep. Faramir recounts the battle of Osgiliath, where Boromir, Faramir and a company held the bridge against the Witch-King. The bridge was eventually destroyed. Only four survived.
  • Faramir hears of Gollum in the river, waking Frodo and Sam.
  • Faramir shows them Gollum. Frodo pleads for them not to kill him.

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  • Frodo persuades Gollum to come with him, but Faramir’s men capture him.
  • Faramir interrogates Gollum, who does not co-operate. Frodo intervenes and Faramir trusts his judgment.
  • Faramir takes them back to the road. He warns Frodo about Gollum and Minas Morgul, but Frodo says he must continue.

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  • Faramir leads his men back to Osgiliath.

Ithilien

  • Gollum leads them on. From afar, they see the shape of the Morgul Valley and Minas Morgul.

Barad-Dur

  • Sauron commands the Witch-King to lead the army to Minas Morgul and then to Gondor.

Adapted from chapters ‘The Window on the West’, ‘The Forbidden Pool’ and ‘Journey to the Cross-Roads’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Terrace at Henneth Annun – Ted Nasmith
  • Khamul the Black Easterling – Unknown
  • A Pert Servant – Anke Eissmann
  • The Window on the West – Ted Nasmith
  • The Forbidden Pool – Anke Eissmann
  • Faramir Bids Farewell – Anke Eissman

Season 9 Episode 10 – Shelob’s Lair

Barad-Dur

  • Sauron sees Pippin in the Palantir. He questions about the Ring, but is cut off. He orders the Nazgul to make for Isengard.

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Gap of Rohan

  • Gandalf takes the Palantir and chastises Pippin.
  • Gandalf explains the Palantir and how Saruman was corrupted by it.
  • They debate their next move, with Gandalf noting that the confusion caused by Pippin could work to their advantage.

Winding Stair

  • Sam helps Frodo up the last part of the Winding Stair. Gollum shows where to go next: a dark tunnel.
  • Despite the terrible smell and the possibility of orcs, Frodo and Sam enter.

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Shelob’s Lair

  • The hobbits can only move forward by feeling the walls. They call out for Gollum, but he has disappeared.
  • Frodo and Sam continue on. Frodo begins to feel an overwhelming sense of dread.
  • They hear scurrying and hissing around them. They feel dead bodies beneath their feet. Frodo raises the Phial of Galadriel.
  • The light illuminates hundreds of eyes. As they move closer, they are revealed to belong to a giant spider, Shelob.
  • Frodo walks towards the eyes, which retreat from the light.
  • Frodo and Sam flee, but are blocked by strong cobwebs. Frodo cuts them with Sting and they head for the exit.
  • Sam sees orcs ahead and tries to warn Frodo. Shelob attacks, cutting off Sam. Sam goes to save Frodo but is dragged away by Gollum.

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  • Shelob attacks Frodo, who fights but is poisoned and falls unconscious.
  • Sam fights against Gollum. He threatens to stab him and Gollum flees.
  • Sam attacks Shelob, who is over Frodo’s body. He sees Frodo, seemingly dead, wrapped in web.

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  • Sam struggles with the spider, stabbing it in the eye. Shelob overpowers him, but Sam stabs her in the belly. Shelob flees.

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  • Sam checks Frodo’s heartbeat, but finds nothing.
  • Sam thinks Frodo is dead and takes the Ring. He hears orc voices coming.

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Gap of Rohan

  • A Nazgul flies over the group, forcing them to hide.
  • Gandalf predicts that Sauron will move to attack Minas Tirith. He advises Theoden and Aragorn to ride to Gondor. He gives Aragorn the Palantir.
  • Gandalf takes Pippin with him and leaves on Shadowfax.

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Lothlorien

  • An army again approaches Lothlorien. Galadriel says unless Sauron is defeated they will eventually be overrun.

Edoras

  • Eowyn receives word that the men were victorious, yet the riders say Theoden may yet ride to Gondor. Eowyn prepares for them to leave for Dunharrow.

Rivendell

  • Elrond and Glorfindel talk about the fate of Middle-Earth. Elrond decides to prepare his elves to leave for the Grey Havens.

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Shelob’s Lair

  • Sam puts on the Ring. The orcs take Frodo. Sam overhears them talking about Shelob’s poison and how it paralyses, not kills.
  • Sam follows the orcs into Mordor.

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Ithilien

  • The Witch-King’s army moves towards Osgiliath, where Faramir awaits.

First Appearances – Shelob, Gorbag, Shagrat

Death – Shelob

Adapted from chapters ‘The Palantir’, ‘Shelob’s Lair’ and ‘The Choices of Master Samwise’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings

Pictures

  • Shelob – John Howe
  • Sauron Speaks With Palantir – Hive17
  • Shelob’s Lair – Rob Alexander
  • Shelob About to Leap on Frodo – John Howe
  • Sam and Shelob – John Howe
  • Shelob’s Retreat – Ted Nasmith
  • The Choices of Master Samwise – Turner Mohan
  • Gandalf on Shadowfax Before Minas Tirith – Luca Michelucci
  • Council of War – MelorianJ
  • Sam Enters Mordor Alone – Ted Nasmith

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.

The Glittering Caves of Aglarond, by Ted Nasmith

  • 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