Season 9 Episode 4 – The Black Gate

Anduin

  • Faramir sees the funeral boat of Boromir.

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Dagorlad

  • Gollum remembers his past, including his murder of Deagol

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  • A nazgul flies over Frodo, Sam and Gollum. Frodo thanks Gollum, but Gollum refuses to go further. Frodo must threaten him with Sting to make him move.
  • Above the slag hills, they finally see the Black Gate.

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  • The Gate is closely guarded. Gollum says they must not go inside, but Sam and Frodo reply that they must.
  • Before Frodo attempts to enter the Gate, Gollum tells them of other ways into Mordor.
  • Gollum tells of the passage above Minas Morgul. He pleads with the hobbits to take that path instead.
  • Four Nazgul fly out above the Gate. Easterlings arrive as well. Gollum leads Frodo and Sam away from the Black Gate.

Minas Tirith

  • Faramir brings the cloven horn of Boromir to his father. Denethor angrily orders him to Ithilien.

Ithilien

  • Frodo and Sam reach green land again, where they bathe in the water.

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  • Gollum hunts for food, bringing back rabbits.
  • Sam notices graven lines on Frodo’s face and neck.
  • Sam cooks the rabbits in a stew. Frodo awakes and warns Sam of the fire.
  • The hobbits are found by four men. One of them is Faramir.

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  • Faramir does not believe the hobbits are travellers. Frodo explains their separation from Aragorn and Boromir.
  • Faramir sets a guard on the hobbits and disappears into the forest.
  • From afar, Frodo and Sam witness Faramir’s men attacking a company of Haradrim.
  • A mumak comes out of the forest and crushes the remainder of the Haradrim.

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  • Faramir returns and orders Frodo and Sam to be taken with them.

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First Appearance – Denethor, Deagol, Mablung, Damrod, Anborn

Death – Deagol

Adapted from chapters ‘The Shadow of the Past’, ‘The Black Gate is Closed’, ‘Of Herbs and Stewed Rabbit’ and ‘The Window on the West’ and Appendix A of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Black Gate is Closed – Michael Kaluta
  • The Funeral Boat of Boromir – Anke Eissmann
  • Smeagol and Deagol – Jos
  • The Black Gate is Closed – Alan Lee
  • First Sight of Ithilien – Ted Nasmith
  • Encounter with Faramir – Anke Eissmann
  • An Oliphaunt – Alan Lee
  • The Fallen Southron – Anke Eissmann

Season 9 Episode 6 – The Forbidden Pool

Dol Guldur

  • Khamul the Ringwraith sends out armies to attack Lothlorien and the Woodland Realm.

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Lothlorien

  • The army of Dol Guldor attacks Lothlorien. The army is repelled by Celeborn and the power of Galadriel’s ring.

Ithilien

  • Sam awakes to find Faramir interrogating Frodo. Faramir alludes to the dream Boromir told of at Rivendell.

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  • Faramir suspects Frodo of betraying Boromir.
  • Faramir confronts Frodo over Boromir’s death, revealing he has seen the funeral boat. Frodo does not believe Boromir is dead.
  • Faramir cannot hold back his grief, asking for answers about Boromir’s death.
  • Faramir decides to take them back to Minas Tirith.
  • Frodo and Sam are blindfolded and taken west. Faramir asks questions about Isildur’s Bane, suspecting that Frodo carries it.

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  • Faramir removes their blindfolds and shows them the Window on the West.

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  • He tells them about the glory of Gondor, including fighting alongside Boromir. (flashback)
  • Sam accidentally reveals Boromir tried to take the Ring. Frodo shows Faramir the Ring, but he has no interest in it. Frodo tells him of the quest to destroy it.
  • Frodo and Sam go to sleep. Faramir recounts the battle of Osgiliath, where Boromir, Faramir and a company held the bridge against the Witch-King. The bridge was eventually destroyed. Only four survived.
  • Faramir hears of Gollum in the river, waking Frodo and Sam.
  • Faramir shows them Gollum. Frodo pleads for them not to kill him.

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  • Frodo persuades Gollum to come with him, but Faramir’s men capture him.
  • Faramir interrogates Gollum, who does not co-operate. Frodo intervenes and Faramir trusts his judgment.
  • Faramir takes them back to the road. He warns Frodo about Gollum and Minas Morgul, but Frodo says he must continue.

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  • Faramir leads his men back to Osgiliath.

Ithilien

  • Gollum leads them on. From afar, they see the shape of the Morgul Valley and Minas Morgul.

Barad-Dur

  • Sauron commands the Witch-King to lead the army to Minas Morgul and then to Gondor.

Adapted from chapters ‘The Window on the West’, ‘The Forbidden Pool’ and ‘Journey to the Cross-Roads’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Terrace at Henneth Annun – Ted Nasmith
  • Khamul the Black Easterling – Unknown
  • A Pert Servant – Anke Eissmann
  • The Window on the West – Ted Nasmith
  • The Forbidden Pool – Anke Eissmann
  • Faramir Bids Farewell – Anke Eissman

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

Death – Beechbone

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 10 – Shelob’s Lair

Barad-Dur

  • Sauron sees Pippin in the Palantir. He questions about the Ring, but is cut off. He orders the Nazgul to make for Isengard.

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Gap of Rohan

  • Gandalf takes the Palantir and chastises Pippin.
  • Gandalf explains the Palantir and how Saruman was corrupted by it.
  • They debate their next move, with Gandalf noting that the confusion caused by Pippin could work to their advantage.

Winding Stair

  • Sam helps Frodo up the last part of the Winding Stair. Gollum shows where to go next: a dark tunnel.
  • Despite the terrible smell and the possibility of orcs, Frodo and Sam enter.

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Shelob’s Lair

  • The hobbits can only move forward by feeling the walls. They call out for Gollum, but he has disappeared.
  • Frodo and Sam continue on. Frodo begins to feel an overwhelming sense of dread.
  • They hear scurrying and hissing around them. They feel dead bodies beneath their feet. Frodo raises the Phial of Galadriel.
  • The light illuminates hundreds of eyes. As they move closer, they are revealed to belong to a giant spider, Shelob.
  • Frodo walks towards the eyes, which retreat from the light.
  • Frodo and Sam flee, but are blocked by strong cobwebs. Frodo cuts them with Sting and they head for the exit.
  • Sam sees orcs ahead and tries to warn Frodo. Shelob attacks, cutting off Sam. Sam goes to save Frodo but is dragged away by Gollum.

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  • Shelob attacks Frodo, who fights but is poisoned and falls unconscious.
  • Sam fights against Gollum. He threatens to stab him and Gollum flees.
  • Sam attacks Shelob, who is over Frodo’s body. He sees Frodo, seemingly dead, wrapped in web.

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  • Sam struggles with the spider, stabbing it in the eye. Shelob overpowers him, but Sam stabs her in the belly. Shelob flees.

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  • Sam checks Frodo’s heartbeat, but finds nothing.
  • Sam thinks Frodo is dead and takes the Ring. He hears orc voices coming.

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Gap of Rohan

  • A Nazgul flies over the group, forcing them to hide.
  • Gandalf predicts that Sauron will move to attack Minas Tirith. He advises Theoden and Aragorn to ride to Gondor. He gives Aragorn the Palantir.
  • Gandalf takes Pippin with him and leaves on Shadowfax.

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Lothlorien

  • An army again approaches Lothlorien. Galadriel says unless Sauron is defeated they will eventually be overrun.

Edoras

  • Eowyn receives word that the men were victorious, yet the riders say Theoden may yet ride to Gondor. Eowyn prepares for them to leave for Dunharrow.

Rivendell

  • Elrond and Glorfindel talk about the fate of Middle-Earth. Elrond decides to prepare his elves to leave for the Grey Havens.

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Shelob’s Lair

  • Sam puts on the Ring. The orcs take Frodo. Sam overhears them talking about Shelob’s poison and how it paralyses, not kills.
  • Sam follows the orcs into Mordor.

Sam Enters Mordor Alone by Ted Nasmith

Ithilien

  • The Witch-King’s army moves towards Osgiliath, where Faramir awaits.

First Appearances – Shelob, Gorbag, Shagrat

Death – Shelob

Adapted from chapters ‘The Palantir’, ‘Shelob’s Lair’ and ‘The Choices of Master Samwise’ and Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings

Pictures

  • Shelob – John Howe
  • Sauron Speaks With Palantir – Hive17
  • Shelob’s Lair – Rob Alexander
  • Shelob About to Leap on Frodo – John Howe
  • Sam and Shelob – John Howe
  • Shelob’s Retreat – Ted Nasmith
  • The Choices of Master Samwise – Turner Mohan
  • Gandalf on Shadowfax Before Minas Tirith – Luca Michelucci
  • Council of War – MelorianJ
  • Sam Enters Mordor Alone – Ted Nasmith

Season 10 Episode 7 – Mount Doom

Minas Tirith

  • Legolas and Gimli reunite with Merry and Pippin.

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  • In the tents, Aragorn, Gandalf, Imrahil, Eomer, Elladan and Elrohir debate their next move.
  • Gandalf reveals the majority of Sauron’s host is still in Mordor. He suggests an attack on the Black Gate. The captains agree.

Gorgoroth

  • Frodo and Sam scurry from pit to pit, evading the legions of orcs.
  • Sam offers to carry the Ring for Frodo, but Frodo refuses.

Pelennor

  • The Army of the West gathers on Pelennor. Aragorn tells Merry he cannot go with them.

Minas Tirith

  • Merry and Bergil watch the army ride out. A Nazgul also watches.
  • Eowyn speaks to Faramir of her desire to follow Aragorn.

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Barad-Dur

  • Khamul reports to Sauron of Aragorn leading the army. Sauron orders the Mouth to lead the armies to the Gate.

Gorgoroth

  • The orcs push to the north. Frodo and Sam journey along the road to Barad-Dur.

Morgul Vale

  • Aragorn looks upon Minas Morgul. They burn the valley.

Gorgoroth

  • Frodo stumbles. They pass the Tower and turn south to Mt Doom.

Ithilien

  • Mablung thwarts an ambush. The heralds pronounce the coming of King Elessar.
  • Men cower and falter. Aragorn sends them to retake Cair Andros.

Gorgoroth

  • Frodo and Sam discard their armour. Sam gives Frodo the last water.

Black Gate

  • Aragorn sets his armies on the slag hills. He unfurls his banner and demands Sauron come forth.
  • The Mouth of Sauron rides from the Gate. He shows them Frodo’s mithril vest and Sam’s dagger.

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  • Gandalf is disheartened, but he rejects the Mouth’s terms. The Mouth rides back to the Gate. Orcs pour out and from the hills either side. Easterlings march from behind the towers.

Mount Doom

  • Sauron’s gaze passes by and turns north. Frodo sees Sauron.
  • Frodo claims he can no longer remember food, grass, star or flower. He collapses, attempts to get up but collapses again. Sam carries him.

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  • Sam reaches the Sammath Naur.

Black Gate

  • The Army of the West is surrounded. Aragorn speaks to the men. They attack the armies encircling them on the slag hills.
  • Hill trolls slam into the lines of Gondor. Beregond is knocked down. Pippin stabs the troll, which collapses on him.
  • The Nazgul attack. In the distance, Pippin sees the Eagles approaching and hears cries of ‘The Eagles are coming’

Mount Doom

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  • Sam is hit from behind by a rock. Gollum attacks Frodo. Frodo fights back and commands him to leave.
  • Sam attacks Gollum before he can strike again. Frodo runs into Mt Doom.
  • Gollum flees. Sam runs into Mt Doom. Frodo claims the Ring for himself. Gollum returns and knocks Sam down.

Barad-Dur

  • Sauron senses the Ring. The Nazgul race towards the mountain.

Mount Doom

  • Gollum fights with Frodo. He bites off Frodo’s finger.
  • Gollum dances with joy. He keeps his eye on the Ring, dancing closer to the end. With a cry of ‘Precious!’ he falls into the mountain.

At the Cracks of Doom, by Ted Nasmith

  • The mountain explodes. Fire licks the roof. Sam carries Frodo out from the mountain. Sam watches Barad-Dur crumble and battlements, towers and hills collapse all around it. The Nazgul are caught in the flames, falling out of the sky.

Barad-Dur

  • Sauron collapses in his falling tower. His body withers and disintegrates.

Black Gate

  • Gandalf stands upon the hill. The hosts of Mordor flee. The Towers of the Teeth collapse. The shadow of Sauron rises above Mordor, hand stretching out towards Gandalf, before being blown away by a wind from the West.

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  • The Army of the West charges the remainder of Sauron’s forces, most of who flee. Gimli lifts the troll off Pippin.

Mount Doom

  • Frodo and Sam collapse on an island in the fire, watching the clear sky to the north.

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First Appearance – Mouth of Sauron

Deaths – Sauron, Gollum, Khamul, Mouth of Sauron

Adapted from chapters ‘The Last Debate’, ‘The Black Gate Opens’ and ‘Mount Doom’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • At the Foot of Mt Doom – Ted Nasmith
  • Legolas and Gimli – Peter Xavier Price
  • The Houses of Healing – Ana Kusicka
  • Mouth of Sauron – John Howe
  • Frodo and Sam on Mount Doom – Soni Alcorn-Hender
  • Endgame on the Mountain – Ted Nasmith
  • At the Cracks of Doom – Ted Nasmith
  • The Shadow of Sauron – Ted Nasmith
  • On the Steps of Mount Doom – Donato Giancola

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.

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  • 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