Season 9 Episode 8 – The Stairs of Cirith Ungol

Ithilien

  • Sam awakens to find Gollum gone. Sam is relieved but Frodo reminds him of the help Gollum has given them.
  • The daylight becomes darker. Gollum returns and leads them east.

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  • They come to the Cross-Roads. They see a headless statue of a King. The head lies nearby, crowned with flowers.
  • Gollum pushes them onwards down the Southward road.

At the Cross-roads, by Ted Nasmith

Morgul Vale

  • The air becomes filled with a foul stench. Frodo begs for rest but Gollum and Sam push him to keep going.
  • The Tower of the Moon rises in the distance.

The Tower of the Moon, by Ted Nasmith

  • They move past the north gate of Minas Morgul. As they do so, the tower erupts in thunder and the gates open.
  • The Witch-King leads a great host out of the tower. Frodo and Sam hide, yet the Witch-King halts near them. Frodo reaches for the Ring, but the Witch-King keeps moving.

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  • They start to climb the Straight Stair

Fangorn

  • The ents reach the edge of Fangorn. Treebeard commands them to destroy Isengard.

Isengard

  • The ents break down the walls of Isengard despite being shot at with arrows.

The Wrath of the Ents, by Ted Nasmith

  • Treebeard breaks the gate. Bregalad sees Saruman inside and rushes at him, but Saruman reaches Orthanc safely.
  • Saruman activates vents all over Isengard, sending fiery blasts into the air. Beechbone is caught in a blast, burning to death.
  • Treebeard goes berserk. His roars crack stone and the ents destroy Saruman’s machinery.

Straight Stair

  • Frodo and Sam struggle up the stair, forced to climb with hands and feet.
  • Frodo becomes distraught, fearing he is too late in destroying the Ring.
  • They reach the end of the Straight Stair, but Gollum says the Winding Stair is still to come.
  • Gollum scampers off. Frodo and Sam talk of old songs and stories and whether they will ever be characters in them.
  • Gollum talks to himself about Frodo and his plan. He comes to a passage and talks with something inside.
  • Gollum returns to find Frodo asleep. He feels guilty, even feeling true affection for Frodo. Sam wakes up and accuses Gollum of sneaking.

Gollum’s Debate, by Ted Nasmith

  • Frodo frees Gollum from his bond, but Gollum says he must lead them to the end. They continue on.

Isengard

  • The ents have dug great trenches. Bregalad destroys the dam of Isen, flooding Isengard.

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  • The remaining orcs try and escape, but are caught by the forest of Huorns surrounding Isengard.
  • Wormtongue arrives on horseback. Treebeard captures him.
  • Saruman berates Wormtongue for losing control of Theoden.
  • Treebeard thanks Merry and Pippin. The hobbits find pipe-weed in a storeroom.

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Adapted from chapters ‘Journey to the Cross-Roads’, ‘The Stairs of Cirith Ungol’ and ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Minas Morgul – Matthew Burton
  • The Day Without Dawn – Anke Eissmann
  • At the Cross-Roads – Ted Nasmith
  • The Tower of the Moon – Ted Nasmith
  • Minas Morgul – John Howe
  • The Wrath of the Ents – Ted Nasmith
  • Gollum’s Debate – Ted Nasmith
  • The Ents Destroy Isengard – John Howe

Season 9 Episode 9 – The Voice of Saruman

Helm’s Deep

  • The remaining men of Rohan bury their dead. Theoden personally buries Hama.
  • Theoden pardons the men of Dunland.
  • They gather on the plain. Gandalf reveals the trees are Huorns sent by Treebeard. He asks Theoden to accompany him to Isengard.

Gap of Rohan

  • Theoden selects Eomer and twenty riders and goes with Gandalf, Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli to Isengard.
  • Gimli and Legolas trade tales of the battle.
  • They see many bodies of slain Rohirrim on the way to Isengard.

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  • A strange black liquid passes over the ground.

Isengard

  • They come to Isengard, where they reunite with Merry and Pippin.
  • Gandalf and Theoden ride to meet with Treebeard.
  • Merry and Pippin bring food to the riders. Gimli regrets that he has no pipe and Pippin gives him one of his own.

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  • Aragorn returns the hobbits’ knives and brooches.
  • Treebeard tells Gandalf that Saruman remains in the tower. Gandalf returns to Isengard.
  • The others follow Gandalf to Orthanc. Gandalf calls for Saruman to appear. Wormtongue answers and Gandalf demands to speak with Saruman.
  • Saruman appears, speaking in a sad voice. He appeals to Theoden, but Gimli interrupts him and Theoden refuses to forgive.

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  • Gandalf offers Saruman a chance to come back to their side. Saruman considers, but refuses out of pride. He instead tries to again persuade Gandalf to join him.
  • After Gandalf refuses, Saruman rages, insulting Gandalf and the others.
  • Gandalf once more asks Saruman to come down, but he turns away. Gandalf in response breaks Saruman’s staff and casts him from the order.

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  • Upon seeing this, Wormtongue throws the Palantir at Gandalf, but misses. Pippin picks it up before Gandalf takes it from him.
  • Saruman rages at Wormtongue for losing the Palantir.
  • Gandalf asks Treebeard to keep Orthanc surrounded with water so Saruman cannot escape.
  • Gandalf carries Merry and Aragorn carries Pippin as they leave Isengard.

Gap of Rohan

  • That night, Merry and Pippin talk about Gandalf.
  • Pippin, unable to sleep, creeps over to Gandalf and steals the Palantir.
  • Looking into it, he sees a dark flying creature and then Sauron.

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Adapted from chapters ‘The Road to Isengard’, ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’, ‘The Voice of Saruman’ and ‘The Palantir’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Isengard – Rob Alexander
  • Road to Isengard – Yatzenty
  • Flotsam and Jetsam – Anke Eissmann
  • Saruman of Many Colours – Francesco Amadio
  • Saruman – John Howe
  • The Palantir – Francesco Amadio

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