Season 5 Episode 3 – Son of Twilight

Gondolin

  • Turgon is brought reports from Glorfindel that spies gather around the mountains. Turgon doubles the guard and keeps everyone on full alert.
  • Tuor shows Idril the passage out of the city.

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Angband

  • Maeglin is tortured by orcs.
  • Morgoth comes to speak with Maeglin. He offers to spare Maeglin if the entrance to Gondolin is revealed.
  • Maeglin, still undeterred, refuses. Morgoth then promises kingship of the city and Idril. Maeglin decides to betray Turgon.

Sirion

  • Galadriel and her followers escape the forest. She sets a constant guard on Elwing and the Silmaril and leads them to the Havens.

Amon Ereb

  • Maedhros brings the bodies of his brothers back to their home.
  • Maedhros, Maglor and Amras discuss their next move. Maedhros is reluctant to continue searching the wilderness.

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Gondolin

  • Maeglin returns to Gondolin. He lies about his wounds and returns to his place by Turgon’s side.
  • Idril notices the change in Maeglin.

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  • Maeglin convinces a few lords to take his word over Turgon’s.
  • Turgon ignores the words of Idril and prepares the city for the feast of the Gates of Summer.
  • Gothmog leads a great host of orcs over the northern hills of Tumladen.

First Appearance – Salgant

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Doriath’ and ‘Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ from The Book of Lost Tales.

Pictures

  • Turgon on His Throne – Catherine Chmiel
  • Tuor, Gelmir and Arminas – Ted Nasmith
  • Maedhros the Tall – Tuuliky
  • The Storm is Coming – Liga Klavina
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Season 5 Episode 4 – City of Stone

Gondolin

  • The few guards on the hills are quickly slaughtered. The red light of the sun blinds the city to the advance in the north.
  • Riders come to Turgon saying Morgoth has crossed the mountains.

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  • Turgon calls his commanders to council. Tuor advises to flee, but Maeglin, Salgant and other lords advise to hold. Turgon listens to Maeglin.
  • The Gondolindrim deploy for battle
  • Turgon’s war machines fire. Gothmog leads an assault on the North Gate with Morgoth’s iron war machines.

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  • Maeglin kidnaps Idril and Earendil and takes them to the walls.
  • Tuor catches Maeglin on the walls as he is about to throw Earendil. Their houses fight. Tuor is victorious and casts Maeglin from the walls to his death.

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  • Dragons manage to breach the wall. Gothmog breaks through the north gate.
  • Tuor leaves Idril with Voronwe and joins Glorfindel and Ecthelion in battle.
  • Balrogs, dragons and orcs attack the remaining men. Despite balrogs and dragons falling, Tuor is forced to retreat to the Square of the King.
  • Seven dragons lead the assault and Tuor is thrown down and forced to retreat. Ecthelion covers him, facing Gothmog. Despite being wounded and disarmed he drives his helmet into Gothmog’s chest, forcing him into the Fountain of the King. He holds onto Gothmog until they both drown.

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  • Turgon retreats to the tower, where he decries his own dismissal of Ulmo and casts off his crown. He bids the people follow Tuor.
  • Tuor leads the people south towards the secret way.
  • Turgon is killed as the Tower is broken and falls upon him.

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  • Tuor is reunited with Idril and later Earendil.
  • The group is split over which path to take. Tuor leads his followers to Eagle’s Cleft, the other group head for the Way of Escape and are slain by a dragon.
  • A balrog and many orcs catch them on the pass. Glorfindel stands against it. He throws the balrog off the pass but falls himself.

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  • The eagles kill the remaining orcs. They bury Glorfindel and escape Gondolin.

First Appearances – Elgamoth, Penlod, Galdor, Rog

Deaths – Turgon, Maeglin, Ecthelion, Glorfindel, Gothmog, Elgamoth, Penlod, Galdor, Rog, Salgant

Adapted from ‘Of Tuor and the Fall of Gondolin’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Fall of Gondolin’ from The Book of Lost Tales.

Pictures –

  • Morgoth’s Forces Before Gondolin – John Howe
  • The Siege of Gondolin – John Howe
  • Attack of the Dark Forces – John Howe
  • Maeglin Laid Hands on Idril, and on Earendil – Catherine Chmiel
  • Ecthelion and Gothmog – Nicholas Cloister
  • Last Stand – Lourdes Velez
  • Glorfindel and the Balrog – John Howe

Season 3 Episode 9 – The Unnumbered Tears

The Battle of Unnumbered Tears is brought forward to coincide with the deaths of Beren and Luthien, acting as the climax of the third season.

Dorthonion

  • The orcs of Dorthonion flee the mighty host of Maedhros as he heads back east.

Doriath

  • Riders come to enlist Thingol’s aid for the Union and a demand for the Silmaril. Still grieving for his daughter, Thingol angrily sends them away against Melian’s counsel. Beleg and Mablung join the Union instead.

Nargothrond

  • Riders also come to enlist Orodreth’s armies. Orodreth refuses to side with Celegorm over his actions in the death of Finrod. However, Gwindor leads a small host to join Fingon without Orodreth’s knowledge.

Himring

  • Maedhros hears of Thingol’s decision. Celegorm vows to destroy Doriath after dealing with Morgoth. Maedhros gathers his captains (his brothers, Azaghal, Ulfang and Bor) and marches out of Himring.

Halls of Mandos

  • Luthien awakes as a shade in the Halls of Mandos, alongside dead elves of ages past. She is called before Mandos.
  • Finrod meets Luthien before Mandos, where he is told he will be reincarnated to live in Valinor.
  • Luthien sings of her grief to Mandos, who is moved to pity with the circumstances of her death. Mandos summons Beren from the mortal houses of the dead to meet with Luthien again.
  • Mandos consults Manwe, who gives Luthien a choice of either living forever in Valinor with her kin or returning to Earth with Beren but only as a mortal. Luthien accepts her mortal fate.

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Ered Wethrin

  • The armies of Hurin, Cirdan and Gwindor meet in the woods of Ered Wethrin. Fingon relays the battle plan to all his captains.

Angband

  • Morgoth receives a visitor, Ulfang of the Easterlings. Ulfang betrays Maedhros’ plans to Morgoth.

Anfauglith

  • Rumours spread of a traitor in Maedhros’ army. This causes them to be delayed.
  • Fingon’s army anxiously awaits the arrival of Maedhros.
  • Maedhros is suddenly attacked by an army from Angband. Maedhros defeats them, but is now severely delayed.
  • Smoke and fire pour forth from Thangorodrim, leading Fingon to realise that Morgoth knows of their presence. Many begin to despair until they see Turgon arrive with 10,000 elves.

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  • Gwindor’s brother Gelmir is brought out in front of Fingon’s army, where he is mutilated and killed. Gwindor charges forward and attacks the army of Angband, leaving Fingon no choice but to follow.
  • Gwindor charges past the gates of Angband, which is snapped shut. Gwindor’s army is slaughtered and a huge host emerges from all sides and encircles Fingon.
  • Fingon is forced to fall back from the walls. His rearguard is mostly slain. Turgon rides forward with the rest of his soldiers and breaks the orc lines.
  • Turgon and Hurin meet in the midst of battle.
  • Maedhros finally arrives, but the hope the men and elves receive from seeing his banners is quickly dashed as Glaurung and Gothmog lead tens of thousands more orcs into battle.

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First Appearance – Gelmir

Death – Gelmir, Hundar

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ and ‘Of the Fifth Battle’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand and ‘The Battle of Unnumbered Tears’ from The Children of Hurin.

Pictures

  • The Battle of Unnumbered Tears – Alan Lee
  • Luthien’s Lament Before Mandos – Ted Nasmith
  • Battle of Unnumbered Tears – Lomehir
  • Glaurung and the Dwarves of Belegost – Lynton Levengood

Season 3 Episode 10 – Lamentation

Anfauglith

  • Gothmog cuts through the elves, separating Turgon and Fingon.
  • Glaurung attacks Maedhros, who is ambushed by the traitorous Easterlings. Maedhros orders a retreat.
  • Azaghal and the dwarves form the rearguard, protecting the elves from Glaurung. Glaurung attacks Azaghal, but is then attacked by all sides by the dwarves. Azaghal is crushed, but manages to stab Glaurung. The dragon retreats back to Angband.

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  • The dwarves carry their King back to Belegost.
  • Gothmog duels Fingon, who matches him blow for blow. Fingon however is caught in the whip of another balrog and killed by Gothmog. The balrogs then hew and pound his body into the dust.

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  • Hurin covers Turgon’s retreat to Gondolin. Now surrounded, all his men fight to the death. Huor is killed by an arrow to the eye. Come upon by a host of orcs and trolls, Hurin slays them all and is buried under their corpses.

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Gondolin

  • Turgon’s army reaches Gondolin. He orders the gates locked and sealed forever.

Doriath

  • Luthien and Beren return to Doriath, lifting the winter of Thingol. Thingol is amazed, and grants the two his blessing to do whatever they wish with their lives.
  • Melian sees the mortality in Luthien’s eyes and cannot bear to witness her daughter’s death.
  • Beren and Luthien say goodbye to the people of Doriath and leave to live in Ossiriand, away from war.

Himring

  • The sons of Feanor pass Himring, now overrun with orcs. Maedhros declares it lost and the brothers pass into the south.

Hithlum

  • The few remaining soldiers of Fingon return to Hithlum with the blood-drenched banner of Fingon. They warn the residents that Easterlings are on their way. They abandon Hithlum.

Angband

  • Hurin is taken to Angband in chains. Gwindor is also imprisoned.
  • Morgoth betrays the Easterlings and confines them to Hithlum, instead of giving them reign over Beleriand as promised.

Valinor

  • Finrod walks through Valinor with his father, Finarfin. He is overcome with joy at being reunited with Amarie, his beloved.

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Ossiriand

  • Beren and Luthien settle in Ossiriand, in a small house away from the rest of civilisation. There they have a son, Dior.

First Appearance – Dior

Deaths – Fingon, Huor, Azaghal, Ulfang

Adapted from ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ and ‘Of the Fifth Battle’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand, ‘The Battle of Unnumbered Tears’ and ‘The Words of Hurin and Morgoth’ from The Children of Hurin, ‘Narn I Hin Hurin’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Battle of Unnumbered Tears – ?
  • Glaurung Fighting with Dwarves – Justin Gerard
  • Nirnaeth Arnoediad – Unnumbered Tears – Jenny Dolfen
  • Hurin – Fragoulis
  • Finrod and Amarie II – Hemhet

Season 1 Episode 9 – Under the Stars

Prologue – Valinor (Y.T. 1400)

Manwe, unable to understand evil and with the advice of Nienna, releases Melkor to live in Valinor.

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Angband (Y.T. 1497)

  • Sauron informs Morgoth of the Noldor’s arrival. Morgoth makes quick plans to strike first.

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Mithrim

  • The Noldor meet the Grey-Elves in Mithrim, learning of the First Battle and of King Thingol
  • Feanor makes plans with his sons to besiege Angband. Maedhros wants to wait for Fingolfin but Feanor refuses.
  • The encampment is ambushed by Morgoth’s forces, led by Gothmog.
  • Feanor fights back and disperses the orcs. He leads his forces north.
  • They are attacked by orcs retreating from the south, but Feanor’s sons lead an assault and overwhelm them.
  • Feanor and his sons destroy most of the orcs, but a small group escapes. Feanor pursues them in his wrath.

Helcaraxe

  • Many more of Fingolfin’s host have died. Fingolfin leads them on, leaving the ice desert as the moon rises.

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Dor Daedeloth

  • Feanor leads the army to within sight of Angband. But as he reached Dor Daedeloth, a host of balrogs issued forth from Thangorodrim.

First Appearance – Drauglin

Adapted from ‘Of Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor’, ‘Of the Sindar’ and ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • moon-and-stars – Tamera Smith
  • The Captivity of Morgoth – Jacek Kopalski
  • The Balrogs of Morgoth – Thylacinee
  • The Coming of Fingolfin – Jenny Dolfen

Season 1 Episode 10 – The Rising of the Sun

The Battle-under-Stars and the Battle of Lammoth have been combined.

Prologue – Angband (Y.T. 1300-1400)

Sauron and the Balrogs create orcs, born from tortured elves. Melkor returns and Sauron welcomes him.

Lammoth (Y.T. 1497)

  • Fingolfin’s army arrives as the sun first rises. They are attacked by the orcs of Morgoth as they arrive. Fingolfin’s son Argon cuts his way through the orcs and slays their leader. He is surrounded and killed.
  • Fingolfin manages to drive off the rest of the orcs. They press on towards Thangorodrim.

Dor Daedeloth

  • Feanor fights the balrogs head on. He manages to slay several.
  • Eventually Feanor is alone on the battlefield. He is wounded several times by Gothmog but continues fighting.

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  • Feanor’s sons come down on the balrogs before Feanor is killed. They drive them off and carry Feanor from the battlefield.
  • During the battle Maedhros is captured by Gothmog.
  • Feanor looks upon Thangorodrim from afar and curses Angband thrice. As he dies his body burns to ashes.

Angband

  • Fingolfin reaches Angband and forces the remaining army of Morgoth behind their gates. Despite their efforts they know they cannot destroy Angband with force.
  • Maedhros is brought before Morgoth. Morgoth imprisons him on Thangorodrim. Hanging him by the wrist upon the mountain.

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Mithrim

  • Feanor’s sons meet Fingolfin’s host again on the shores of Mithrim
  • Maglor recounts that they were still bound by the Oath of Feanor.

Doriath

  • Thingol permits Galadriel and Celeborn to stay, as they are both Teleri in nature.
  • Thingol and Melian climb to the top of the forest. There Melian sets a great fog to conceal Doriath from Morgoth, called the Girdle of Melian.

Lindon

  • Elrond asks Maglor to come to Rivendell, but he refuses. Elrond watches as Maglor slowly wanders off down the coastline.

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Deaths – Feanor, Argon

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Coming of Elves and the Captivity of Melkor’, ‘Of the Sindar’, ‘Of the Sun and Moon’ and ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Shibboleth of Feanor’ from The Peoples of Middle-earth.

Pictures

  • Thangorodrim – ?
  • Feanor vs Gothmog, Lord of the Balrogs – bobgreyvenstein
  • Maedhros Capture by Orcs – Jenny Dolfen
  • Maglor’s Fate by the Sea – Jenny Dolfren