Season 8 Episode 1 – A Long-expected Party

Prologue – Rivendell

  • The White Council meets to discuss the Rings of Power.
  • Saruman declares the Ring lost in the Belegaer.

Hobbiton

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  • Gaffer Gamgee and a few hobbits discuss Bilbo at the Green Dragon.
  • Bilbo continues to write the Red Book.
  • Bilbo and Frodo send out invitations to his 111th birthday party.
  • Bilbo and Frodo, along with Sam, Merry, Pippin, Fatty, Gaffer and several other hobbits prepare for the party.
  • Gandalf arrives and talks with Bilbo.

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  • Gandalf shows off his fireworks at the party.
  • Bilbo gives a speech. At the end of the speech he puts on the Ring and disappears.

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  • After arguing with Gandalf, Bilbo leaves the Ring behind and leaves.
  • Frodo arrives back at Bag End. Gandalf gives him the Ring.
  • The next day Gandalf says he must leave immediately. He tells Frodo not to wear the Ring.

Isengard

  • Saruman looks in the Palantir towards Mordor, finding Sauron.

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Mordor

  • Easterlings come to Mordor.
  • Sauron sends out servants to find the One Ring.

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Anduin

  • The Nazgul capture Gollum.

Minas Tirith

  • Gandalf finds and read a scroll written by Isildur about the One Ring.

Erebor

  • A messenger comes to Erebor to speak with Dain. They mention Bilbo and the Ring.
  • Dain sends Gloin, Gimli and a few others to Rivendell to warn Bilbo.

First Appearances – Frodo Baggins, Sam Gamgee, Merry Brandybuck, Pippin Took, Fatty Bolger, Odo Proudfoot, Lotho Sackville-Baggins, Robin Smallburrow, Rosie Cotton, Gimli

Adapted from chapters ‘A Long-expected Party’, ‘The Shadow of the Past’, ‘The Council of Elrond’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Bilbo’s Eleventy First Birthday Party – Paul Raymond Gregory
  • The Shire – Roger Garland
  • Gandalf Returns to Hobbiton – John Howe
  • Bilbo’s Speech – Francesco Amadio
  • Saruman and the Palantir – Anna Kulisz
  • Nazgul – cblair

Season 8 Episode 2 – Three is Company

Mirkwood

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  • Thranduil and an unnamed ranger lead Gandalf to a prison cell, containing Gollum.
  • Gollum tells Gandalf that he had been tortured by Sauron, telling him the words ‘shire’ and ‘Baggins’.
  • Gandalf realises Bilbo’s ring is the One Ring and leaves for the Shire.

Hobbiton

  • At the Green Dragon, rumours abound of evil spreading throughout the south.
  • Gandalf arrives at Bag End. He takes the Ring from Frodo and throws it in the fire. The runes that appear confirm that it’s the One Ring.

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  • Gandalf explains the history of the Ring to Frodo.
  • Frodo realises he must take the Ring somewhere else. Gandalf recommends reliable companions, soon after catching Sam Gamgee eavesdropping at the window.
  • Gandalf leaves to meet with Saruman, telling Frodo to meet him at Bree.
  • Frodo holds a small gathering for his birthday, telling his friends he well be moving to Buckland.
  • The next day, Frodo sends Merry and Fatty to Buckland with his luggage.
  • As Frodo leaves with Sam and Pippin, he hears a strange voice talking to the Gaffer, asking for Mr Baggins.

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  • The three set out towards Buckland.

The Shire

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  • On the road, they hear hooves. Frodo urges them to hide. A black rider appears, stopping where they are hiding, before riding off again.
  • As night falls they come across another black rider, who comes towards Frodo. It rides off once it hears the singing of elves.
  • The elves come across Frodo. Their leader, Gildor, explain the black riders as servants of the enemy.

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  • They hear hooves in the distance, but it turns out to be Merry.

Eregion

  • Gandalf comes upon Radagast, who tells him Sauron has sent the Nazgul out. Gandalf has Radagast send a note to Bree.

Isengard

  • Gandalf comes to Isengard.

First Appearances – Aragorn (unnamed), Gildor

Adapted from chapters ‘The Shadow of the Past’, ‘Three is Company’, ‘The Council of Elrond’ and Appendix B from Lord of the Rings and ‘The Hunt for the Ring’ in Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • Green Hill Country – Ted Nasmith
  • Gollum Held Captive by the Elves – Inger Edelfeldt
  • Bag End – Shadow of the Past – Donato Giancola
  • Black Riders in The Shire – John Howe
  • Last Sight of Hobbiton – Ted Nasmith
  • Frodo Meets Gildor – Alan Lee

Season 8 Episode 5 – A Knife in the Dark

Mirkwood

  • An orc pack attacks Thranduil’s Realm. Gollum escapes.
  • Thranduil sends Legolas to Rivendell with news of the escape.

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Bree

  • Black riders destroy the hobbits’ room.
  • Sam finds the ponies missing. They buy a malnourished pony from Bill Ferny.
  • Aragorn leads the hobbits away from Bree, with the town watching.

Midgewater Marshes

  • Aragorn strays from the road and takes the hobbits through the marshes.

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Bree

  • Gandalf comes to Bree. He berates Barliman for not sending the letter on. He leaves again.

Weathertop

  • Gandalf rides to Weathertop. He sees no sign of the hobbits, but is ambushed by the black riders.

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Midgewater Marshes

  • Frodo sees bright lightning and flashes of light in the distance. Aragorn says it appears to be coming from Weathertop.

Weathertop

  • The next day Aragorn and the hobbits arrive at Weathertop. They find a camp and runes on the top, leading them to suspect Gandalf was there.
  • They camp on the side of the hill, where Aragorn tells stories of Luthien.
  • Black riders invade the clearing. Frodo puts on the Ring and gets stabbed in the shoulder. Aragorn drives off the Ringwraiths with fire.

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  • Aragorn tries to heal the wound with athelas. He leads the hobbits away from Weathertop.

Troll Shaws

  • Aragorn finds an elfstone in the road. They come upon the stone trolls.

Ford of Bruinen

  • Hearing hooves, they hide. The rider is Glorfindel, of Gondolin. He puts Frodo on his horse and leads them on.

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  • Hearing black riders behind them, Glorfindel calls his horse to carry Frodo across the Ford. At the Ford, Frodo turns back and defies the Ringwraiths. Glorfindel comes up behind them and they begin to cross the river. A rush of water engulfs them.
  • Frodo falls unconscious.

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First Appearance – Bill Ferny

Adapted from chapters ‘A Knife in the Dark’, ‘Flight to the Ford’ and ‘The Council of Elrond’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Black Rider – John Howe
  • Gollum Flees the Mirkwood Elves – John Howe
  • Fire on Weathertop – Ted Nasmith
  • Midgewater Marshes – Anna Kulisz
  • Against the Shadow – John Howe
  • Glorfindel – Liga Klavina
  • Flight to the Ford – John Howe

Season 8 Episode 8 – A Journey in the Dark

Hollin

  • Gollum comes across the company. He begins to follow them.
  • Gandalf leads them to the West-gate of Moria, where they are forced to let Bill the Pony go.

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  • Gandalf has trouble opening the door, but he eventually remembers the password with help from Merry.
  • The Watcher in the Water attacks Frodo and pulls him into the water. Aragorn and Boromir save him, but as they escape into the mines the Watcher collapses the door behind them.

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Moria

  • Gandalf leads them through the many passages of Moria. Frodo thinks he hears footsteps behind him.
  • Gimli tells the others of the many wonders of Moria.
  • They come to three passages, which stumps Gandalf.
  • Pippin throws a rock down a well, angering Gandalf.

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  • Gandalf chooses a passage, which turns out to be the right one when they find a great underground hall.
  • They find the Chamber of Mazarbul and Gimli mourns beside the tomb of Balin.

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  • Gandalf reads from the Book of Mazarbul, written by Ori. It tells of Balin and his colony being destroyed by orcs. (flashback)
  • They hear the booming of a drum in the deep, and the scurrying of feet. They bar the chamber and are attacked by orcs and a cave troll. Frodo stabs the troll’s foot and it withdraws, but an orc chieftain breaks through and stabs Frodo.
  • Aragorn kills the chieftain and the rest of the orcs are driven off.
  • Gandalf remains behind to seal the door. Legolas is forced to drag Gimli away from Balin’s Tomb.
  • Gandalf is forced to flee, having met his match. They continue on down stairways, fired upon by orc archers.

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  • The orcs chase them to the Bridge of Khazad-Dum, the balrog coming upon them. Gimli leads them across the bridge while Gandalf holds it.

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  • Gandalf reflects the balrog’s attacks and breaks the bridge in two, causing the balrog to fall into the abyss. The balrog grabs Gandalf with its whip and Gandalf falls down with it.
  • The company flees Moria.
  • They stumble on away from the walls before collapsing.

Deaths – Gandalf, Balin (flashback), Ori (flashback), Oin (flashback)

Adapted from chapters ‘A Journey in the Dark’ and ‘The Bridge of Khazad-Dum’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Mines of Moria – CG Warrior
  • The Gates of Moria – Alan Lee
  • The Watcher in the Water – Joona Kujanen
  • The Halls of Durin – Alan Lee
  • Balin’s Tomb – Anke Eissmann
  • The Bridge of Khazad-Dum – Paul Monteagle
  • The Balrog – Ted Nasmith
  • The Bridge of Khazad-Dum – John Howe
  • Moria – John Howe

Season 9 Episode 1 – The Taming of Smeagol

Rivendell

  • Glorfindel comes to Elrond with Haldir of Lothlorien. Haldir brings news of the breaking of the Fellowship.

Isengard

  • Saruman sends his army out with the purpose of killing Theoden of Rohan’s son, Theodred.

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Fords of Isen

  • Theodred and his men are attacked. Theodred is slain.

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Emyn Muil

  • Frodo and Sam wander Emyn Muil, frequently becoming lost.
  • They see the way down at the edge of a cliff, but cannot get down.

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  • As they try and climb down the cliff, a dark shape flies overhead and Frodo falls to a ledge below.
  • Sam remembers his elven rope and they climb the rest of the way down.
  • Sam pulls on the rope, which surprisingly unfastens and falls down.
  • In the rain that night, Sam sees a creature crawling towards them. They see that it is Gollum, who jumps on Sam. Frodo subdues him with Sting. Gollum tries to escape but they capture him and bind him with the rope.

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  • Gollum vows obedience and leads them on towards Mordor.
  • Gollum forces them to travel by night. He chokes on lembas bread and refuses to eat more.
  • Sam waits until Gollum falls asleep before resting himself. When they wake they find Gollum gone.
  • Gollum reappears later, with fish.

Dead Marshes

  • They walk through the Marshes. Gollum says not to follow the lights.

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  • At night, a Ringwraith flies overhead.
  • As they come closer to Mordor, Frodo hears Gollum talking to himself over his desire for the Ring and his vow to serve Frodo.

First Appearances – Theodred, Grimbold, Elfhelm, Dunhere

Death – Theodred

Adapted from chapters ‘The Taming of Smeagol’ and ‘The Passage of the Marshes’ of The Lord of the Rings and ‘The Battles of the Fords of Isen’ from Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • Through the Marshes – Ted Nasmith
  • Orc Assault – Derek Zabrocki
  • Dunhere – Jeff Himmelman
  • No Way Down – Ted Nasmith
  • The Taming of Smeagol – Alan Lee
  • The Dead Marshes – Inger Edelfedlt

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