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
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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 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

Season 10 Episode 9 – The Scouring of the Shire

Rivendell

  • Bilbo’s 129th birthday is celebrated.
  • Frodo tells Bilbo he must return to the Shire.

Eregion

  • Gandalf and the hobbits pass the Ford of Bruinen and Weathertop. Frodo’s wound aches.

The Prancing Pony

  • They drink at the inn, sharing stories with Barliman and the locals.
  • Nob brings Bill the Pony from the stables.

The Shire

  • The land turns darker as they travel towards The Shire. Gandalf leaves them, heading to the Old Forest.
  • They find the gate closed at the Brandywine. The guards are under orders not to let people in. Merry and Pippin climb the gate and open it. Merry chases off Bill Ferny.

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Frogmorton

  • They head towards Hobbiton, but are arrested at Frogmorton. They laugh this off and continue. Robin Smallburrow explains that rough men came and took over The Shire.

Bywater

  • Six men threaten Frodo, but are chased off by the other hobbits. They claim to answer to ‘Sharkey’.
  • Sam visits Farmer Cotton and Rosie.

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  • Merry rouses the hobbits with the horn of Rohan. They set up barricades.
  • Pippin rides off to gather his relatives.
  • A gang of men attacks the hobbits, but are surrounded and surrender.

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  • Merry spends the night setting up traps and barricades for an ambush.
  • Sam and Frodo talk to the Gaffer and Rosie.
  • In the morning Merry sets archers around the town. Pippin returns with a hundred hobbits.
  • The ruffians walk straight into Merry’s trap. They do not surrender and many are killed.

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  • A few hobbits are killed and the ruffians decide to kill rather than escape. Merry and Pippin charge into them.
  • Seventy men and nineteen hobbits are dead.

Hobbiton

  • Frodo and Sam lead two dozen hobbits into Hobbiton. They see the entire town turned grey, with all the trees cut down.
  • Ted Sandyman gathers all the hobbits left in Hobbiton to follow Frodo
  • Frodo recognises this as Saruman’s work, before they encounter Saruman himself at Bag End.

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  • Saruman orders the hobbits to kill Frodo, but they are not swayed. He attempts to stab Frodo himself and is thwarted by the mithril coat.

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  • Frodo shows mercy to Saruman. Saruman reveals Wormtongue killed Lotho. Wormtongue slits Saruman’s throat and is killed himself by hobbit archers.
  • Saruman’s spirit hovers before being blown away by the West wind.
  • The imprisoned hobbits, including Fatty Bolger and Lobelia, are released.
  • The dead hobbits are buried. A memorial is placed in Bywater.

Deaths – Saruman, Grima Wormtongue, Lotho Sackville-Baggins

Adapted from chapters ‘Homeward Bound’ and ‘The Scouring of the Shire’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Shire – John Howe
  • Unwelcome Return – Alan Lee
  • Sam and Rosie Cotton – Ted Nasmith
  • Storming the Bank – Ted Nasmith
  • Scouring of the Shire – discogangsta
  • Saruman – Eric Faure-Brac
  • The Scouring of the Shire – Inger Edelfeldt

Season 10 Episode 10 – The Grey Havens

The Shire

  • Merry and Pippin drive the last of the ruffians from the Shire.
  • Sam plants the seed found in the box of Earth Galadriel found him.
  • Over the next year, the Shire is rebuilt.

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  • Frodo falls ill in March, the anniversary of his poisoning.
  • Merry and Pippin are hailed as heroes all over the Shire.
  • Sam marries Rosie. They have a child, whom Frodo helps name Elanor.

Rivendell

  • Galadriel and Gandalf come to Rivendell. With Elrond they decide it’s time to leave Middle-Earth.
  • Elrond gives his sons their choice to go into the West or become mortal. They are undecided, but choose to stay for the time being.
  • With Bilbo, Glorfindel and a few other Noldor, the keepers leave Rivendell for the last time.

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The Shire

  • Frodo plans to go to Rivendell to see Bilbo. He gives Sam the keys to Bag End and the Red Book.
  • They meet the keepers on the road.

The Grey Havens

  • They pass the white towers Frodo dreamed of and come to the Grey Havens.

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  • Cirdan welcomes them at the gates. Gandalf is also there, with Merry and Pippin.
  • Frodo reveals to Sam he is leaving Middle Earth with Bilbo. He says goodbye to his friends and leaves on the ship with the Ringbearers.

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The Shire

  • Sam returns to Bag End, reuniting with Rosie and Elanor.

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Valinor

  • Frodo sees the shores of Valinor, and the ship of Earendil.

(Epilogue)

  • Frodo narrates the fates of the Fellowship.

The Shire

  • Sam becomes mayor and has thirteen children.
  • Merry becomes Master of Buckland.
  • Pippin becomes Thain.

Gondor

  • Aragorn reforms the Great Council, restores Orthanc and Ithilien, renews the Oath of Cirion and declares the Shire a free land.

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  • Aragorn stays in Annuminas and visits The Shire, he and Arwen have a son and several daughters.
  • Gimli rebuilds the Gate of Minas Tirith.

Aglarond

  • Legolas and Gimli visit the Glittering Caves and Ithilien. Gimli remains in Aglarond, becoming Lord of the Glittering Caves.

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Ithilien

  • Faramir and Eowyn wed. They rule Ithilien, with Beregond as Captain and Legolas helping to restore Ithilien to its former glory.

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Lothlorien

  • The light of the elves diminish and the elven realms are eventually abandoned. Celeborn travels over the sea, taking with him the last memory of the Noldor.

Rohan

  • In old age, Eomer invites Merry and Pippin to Edoras. He dies and they move on to Gondor.

Minas Tirith

  • Merry and Pippin die in Gondor. They are entombed beside Aragorn, after his death many years later.

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Lothlorien

  • Arwen surrenders her life at Lothlorien.

Anduin

  • After Aragorn’s funeral, Legolas and Gimli sail down the Anduin.

The Shire

  • After Rosie’s death, Sam leaves the Red Book to Elanor.

The Grey Havens

  • Sam sails over the sea.

Valinor

  • The boats of Legolas and Sam see the tower of Avallone and behold the white shores of Valinor, where old friends await.

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  • Sam reunites with Frodo.

First Appearances – Eldarion, Elanor

Deaths – Aragorn, Arwen, Eomer, Merry, Pippin, Rosie Cotton

Adapted from chapters ‘The Scouring of the Shire’ and ‘The Grey Havens’ and Appendices A and B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Departure at the Grey Havens – Ted Nasmith
  • Hobbiton – Francesco Amadio
  • Elves Leave Middle-earth – Araniart
  • Grey Havens – Paul Lasaine
  • Grey Havens – Francesco Amadio
  • Sam and Rosie – Roger Garland
  • Elessar – John Howe
  • Aglarond – Glittering Caves – Iomehir
  • Eowyn and Faramir – Matt Stewart
  • Aragorn’s Tomb – Ben Curtis
  • Legolas and Gimli Reach the Shores of Valinor – Ted Nasmith