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 3 – The Old Forest

The Shire

  • The hobbits are given a ride by Farmer Maggot, who tells them of the black rider looking for Frodo.

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Crickhollow

  • Merry gives the hobbits dinner and a bath.
  • Frodo tells the others he plans to leave, only to have Merry and Pippin reveal they know all about the Ring, thanks to Sam. They insist on coming along.

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  • Frodo dreams of a dark forest, a great sea and a white tower.
  • In the morning they leave Crickhollow, leaving Fatty behind.

The Old Forest

  • Merry leads them to a path, entering the Old Forest.
  • They lose the path several times, attempting to head north, but the trees block their way.
  • They find the river Withywindle and suddenly feel drowsy, falling asleep against an old willow.

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  • Sam goes to find the ponies and when he returns he finds Frodo to have fallen in the river.
  • Frodo claims the willow pushed him in and that Merry and Pippin are trapped inside it. They attempt to light a fire but put it out when they hear Merry screaming.
  • Frodo runs to find help, and finds it. A man called Tom Bombadil. He sings a song demanding the willow free the hobbits, and it complies.

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  • Tom takes the hobbits to his house.

Isengard

  • Gandalf talks to Saruman about the One Ring. Saruman however, desires it for himself. He offers Gandalf to join him and take the power from Sauron.
  • Gandalf refuses, and so Saruman overpowers him and imprisons him on the top of Orthanc.

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The House of Tom Bombadil

  • The hobbits eat and sleep at Tom’s house. Tom tells them stories about the forest and the old cities that were built around it.

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  • Frodo dreams of a man atop a stone tower.

First Appearances – Farmer Maggot, Tom Bombadil, Goldberry

Adapted from chapters ‘A Shortcut to Mushrooms’, ‘A Conspiracy Unmasked’, ‘The Old Forest’, ‘In the House of Tom Bombadil’ and ‘The Council of Elrond’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Apparition of Tom Bombadil – Roger Garland
  • Farmer Maggot – John Howe
  • Bathing at Crickhollow – Ted Nasmith
  • Old Man Willow – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Willow Man is Tamed – Ted Nasmith
  • Saruman and Gandalf – Montanini
  • Goldberry – D.W. Luebbert

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 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 3 – Treebeard

Isengard

  • Saruman contacts Sauron through the Palantir. Sauron commands Saruman to destroy Rohan and Isildur’s heir.
  • The men of Dunland swear to Saruman’s cause. He sends them to pillage Rohan.

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Edoras

  • Eomer returns to Edoras, where Grima arrests him. Eomer threatens to kill Grima

Fangorn

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  • Merry and Pippin stop for a drink of water. A tree behind them speaks, revealing himself to be an Ent – Treebeard.
  • Treebeard explains the Ent’s history to the hobbits, before taking them back to his home.

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  • Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli follow the prints to a rock wall, in freezing weather. Climbing to the top, where they see the old man again.
  • Fearing Saruman, Gimli tells Legolas to shoot the old man. Aragorn orders the man to identify himself. The man throws off his grey cloak, revealing white clothes. It is Gandalf.

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  • Gandalf explains his battle with the balrog, his rebirth and his time in Lothlorien. He brings messages from Galadriel (flashback).
  • Gandalf knows that Treebeard has the hobbits. He leads the others out of the forest. On the way he tells of both Saruman and Sauron’s mistakes and how to use them to their advantage.
  • Treebeard tells Merry and Pippin of the return of Gandalf. He sets them to sleep in his home.

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  • The next day, Merry informs Treebeard of Saruman and the orcs’ destruction of Fangorn. Treebeard gives them food and water. He plans to stop Saruman.
  • More ents come to the clearing to meet with Treebeard. Merry and Pippin are left in the care of Bregalad.

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  • Treebeard begins talking to the other ents about an alliance with Rohan and war with Saruman.

Plains of Rohan

  • Gandalf summons Shadowfax, who brings the other horses with him. They begin the ride to Edoras.

First Appearances – Treebeard, Bregalad, Beechbone

Deaths –

Adapted from chapters ‘Treebeard’, ‘The White Rider’ and ‘The King of the Golden Hall’ and Appendix B of ‘The Lord of the Rings’.

Pictures

  • Treebeard – John Howe
  • Dunlendings – Angelo Montanini
  • Fangorn Forest – Ted Nasmith
  • Treebeard – Anke Eissmann
  • The Stranger in the Forest – Ted Nasmith
  • Wellinghall – Ted Nasmith
  • At the Entmoot – Stephen Hickman

Season 9 Episode 5 – The King in the Golden Hall

Isengard

  • Saruman sends out his army of 10,000 uruks to attack Rohan.

Fords of Isen

  • Erkenbrand leads the Rohirrim against Saruman’s army. He is defeated.

Rohan

  • Gandalf and the others continue towards Edoras.

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  • Legolas sees Edoras in the distance one morning. They proceed with caution.

Edoras

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  • They come to Meduseld. The guards say they are not welcome, by order of Wormtongue. Gandalf becomes angry and demands to speak with Theoden. They are allowed inside, without weapons.
  • Wormtongue lashes out at Gandalf, who brings thunder down upon him.

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  • Gandalf frees Theoden from Wormtongue’s influence. Theoden recovers his mind.
  • Theoden calls for his guards to release Eomer.
  • Theoden confronts Grima, accusing him of treason. He gives Grima the choice of fighting alongside the army or leaving the country. Grima leaves.

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  • Theoden reunites with Eomer and Eowyn.

Fangorn

  • Bregalad translates the words of the Entmoot to Merry and Pippin.

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  • Suddenly, the Entmoot lets out a mighty roar. Merry and Pippin see the trees move around them.
  • Treebeard takes Merry and Pippin and announces that the Ents are going to Isengard. The entire forest begins to move.

Edoras

  • Theoden visits the grave of Theodred. He expresses his regret in not being there for his son.
  • Aragorn becomes friends with Eowyn.

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  • Theoden declares war on Isengard. He orders Eomer to assemble the army and prepare to ride west.
  • Grimbold returns with news that the Fords of Isen are lost. 10,000 uruks have invaded Rohan.
  • Theoden, Aragorn, Gandalf, Eowyn, Eomer, Legolas and Gimli debate their next move. Theoden decides to ride against the uruks at the Fords of Isen. Eowyn wishes to ride with them, but Theoden orders her to remain in Edoras to look after the people.

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  • Theoden leads the army from Edoras.

First Appearances – Erkenbrand, Guthlaf, Deorwine, Hama, Ceorl, Gleowine

Adapted from chapters ‘Treebeard’ and ‘The King of the Golden Hall’ of The Lord of the Rings and ‘The Battles of the Fords of Isen’ from Unfinished Tales.

Pictures

  • Edoras – Jef Murray
  • On the Way to Edoras – Anke Eissmann
  • Eowyn Before the Gates of Meduseld – Michael Kaluta
  • Theoden and Eowyn – Angelo Montanini
  • Gandalf Judges Grima Wormtongue – Anke Eissmann
  • Entmoot – Michael Kaluta
  • The Stirrup Cup – Anke Eissmann
  • The Riders of Rohan – Ted Nasmith