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 10 Episode 8 – The Steward and the King

Mordor

  • Gwaihir bears Gandalf over Mordor to Mount Doom.

Dale

  • Bard II and Thorin Stonehelm drive the enemy from Dale.

Dol Guldur

  • Celeborn and Thranduil destroy Dol Guldur. Galadriel purifies the fortress.

Middle-earth

  • All over Middle Earth, the enemy flees.

Cormallen

  • Sam and Frodo awaken to find Gandalf. They are taken outside where the whole Army of the West celebrates their deeds.

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  • They are reunited with Pippin, Merry, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli.

Rivendell

  • Elrond receives word of Sauron’s defeat. He gives leave for Arwen to marry Aragorn.

Minas Tirith

  • Faramir and Eowyn speak of their dreams, a wave climbing over green lands. As they do so, the shadows depart and the sun is unveiled.

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  • Faramir shows Eowyn the beauty of healing and of the gardens. He offers her his love.
  • The Army of the West return to the city. Faramir gives Aragorn the keys and the crown of Earnur.
  • Gandalf crowns Aragorn King of Gondor and Arnor.

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  • Aragorn enters Minas Tirith and sits on his throne.
  • Aragorn pardons the Easterlings and the Haradrim. He pardons Beregond from death, but banishes him from Minas Tirith, setting him to instead be captain of the White Company in Ithilien.

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  • Eowyn speaks with Aragorn. Afterwards, she agrees to marry Faramir.

Rohan

  • Elladan and Elrohir meet the escort of Arwen, including Elrond, Glorfindel, Galadriel and Celeborn.

White Mountains

  • Gandalf takes Aragorn high into the mountains. They look across his realm and find a sapling of the White Tree.

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Minas Tirith

  • Weeks later, Aragorn and Arwen are wed.

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  • The Fellowship and their friends leave Minas Tirith.

Edoras

  • King Theoden is laid to rest. Faramir and Eowyn are betrothed.
  • Arwen speaks to Frodo of her place on the ships into the west.

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  • Elrond and Arwen go into the hills where they say their final goodbyes.

Isengard

  • Treebeard reveals he has released Saruman.
  • Legolas and Gimli leave the Fellowship, travelling through Fangorn.

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  • Aragorn says farewell. He watches the Fellowship go north, the green fire of the Elfstone in his hand.

Eriador

  • They come across Saruman and offer him mercy. He declines.

A Tolkien illustration by Ted Nasmith

Rivendell

  • The company reaches Rivendell. Frodo reunites with Bilbo

Adapted from chapters ‘The Field of Cormallen’, ‘The Steward and the King’ and ‘Many Partings’ and Appendices A and B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Steward and the King – Anke Eissmann
  • The Field of Cormallen – Tolman Cotton
  • The Sun Unveiled – Ted Nasmith
  • The Crowning of Elessar – Francesco Amadio
  • The Judgement on Beregond – Maureval
  • Elessar and Mithrandir – Peter Xavier Price
  • King and His Queen – Janka Lateckova
  • Arwen’s Gift – Anke Eissmann
  • Journey Home – Anna Lee
  • Saruman is Overtaken – Ted Nasmith

Season 7 Episode 3 – Queer Lodgings

Prologue – Bree

  • Gandalf meets Thorin in Bree. Thorin invites him to his halls in the Blue Mountains.

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Misty Mountains

  • Gandalf and the dwarves argue about Bilbo’s whereabouts.
  • Bilbo finds the dwarves and surprises them.
  • Goblins and wargs chase them down the mountains, led by Bolg.
  • The company climb trees to escape them.

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  • Gwaihir, Lord of Eagles, hears the wargs and swoops down to save the dwarves.

The Eyrie

  • The company is taken back to the Eyrie. From there Gwaihir takes them to the Carrock.

Carrock

  • Gandalf leads them on to Beorn’s house. He informs them he will be leaving soon.

Beorn’s House

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  • Gandalf devises a plan – he will enter first with Bilbo and the other dwarves will come in two at a time.
  • Beorn welcomes Gandalf and is interested in his story. He is not impressed with the dwarves but allows them to stay.
  • Thorin tells Bilbo of Bolg, the son of Azog who killed his grandfather Thror and in turn was killed by Thorin’s cousin Dain.

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  • Beorn serves dinner. As the dwarves sleep he leaves to kill the goblins that have come east.
  • Beorn sends them to Mirkwood with ponies, food and weapons.

Mirkwood

  • Gandalf leaves them on the borders of Mirkwood.
  • The company sets out along the path, becoming disoriented with the darkness, sounds and animals of the forest.
  • They come to the Enchanted River. They manage to pull the boat from the other side and cross the river. Bombur falls in the river, causing him to sleep. They are forced to carry him.
  • Bilbo climbs up a tree to find where they are.
  • Balin sees a light in the distance, they follow it.
  • They find a group of elves feasting. As they step into the light it goes out and the elves disappear.

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  • Bilbo loses his companions. As he sleeps he is attacked by a spider.

First Appearances – Azog (flashback), Dain, Beorn, Gwaihir, Landroval

Adapted from chapters ‘Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire’, ‘Queer Lodgings’ and ‘Flies and Spiders’ of The Hobbit and ‘The Quest of Erebor’ in Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • At Beorn’s Hall – Ted Nasmith
  • Gandalf and Thorin at Bree – Ted Nasmith
  • Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire – HeathWind
  • Beorn – Michael Hague
  • Dain and Azog – Liz Danforth
  • Elvish Feast in Mirkwood – ullako

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