Season 3 Episode 4 – Bride-Price

Dor-lomin

  • Hurin returns to Dor-lomin, where he takes lordship over the land. He courts Morwen of the House of Beor.

Doriath

  • Beren and Luthien continue to live in the woods, deeply in love.

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  • Thingol follows Luthien one day and confronts them together. He brings them back to Menegroth.
  • Luthien pleads with her father to allow them to be together, but Thingol refuses. Luthien does succeed in convincing him to spare Beren’s life.
  • Beren is sent before Thingol and questioned. Seeing Beren’s true devotion to his daughter, Thingol decides not to banish Beren. But determined for them not to marry, he sets an impossible bride price: a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown.
  • Beren goes to see Luthien and tells her he intends to complete the task. Luthien asks him to stay but he is determined, leaving Menegroth immediately.
  • Luthien is determined to help Beren, but Thingol does not allow it and imprisons her in a treehouse.

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Nargothrond

  • Celegorm and Curufin take active duties in the fortress, gaining many followers. Celegorm’s wolf, Huan, takes a liking to Finrod.

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Himring

  • Maglor sets out to find his lost brothers.
  • Easterlings journey past Himring. Maedhros intercepts them. The Easterlings swear loyalty to Maedhros.

First Appearances – Morwen, Ulfang, Finduilas, Rian

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from the Silmarillion and ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand.

Pictures

  • Trial of Beren – Anke Eissmann
  • Of Beren and Luthien – Ulla Thynell
  • A Sense of Foreboding – Tuuliky
  • Tyelkormo and Curufinwe – Tuuliky

Season 3 Episode 7 – Before the Dark Lord

Sirion

  • Celegorm and Curufin come across Huan. Realising what he had done, they punish him and set out to find Luthien again.

Dorthonion

  • Beren pleads with Luthien to return to Doriath, but she refuses. They set out for Angband together.

Hithlum

  • Word reaches Fingon of the events in Doriath and Minas Tirith. He sends word to Maedhros.

Amon Ereb

  • Maglor comes to Amon Ereb and finds his brothers. Caranthir tells him of Celegorm’s deeds. While there he meets Azaghal, and tells him to prepare the dwarves for battle.

Anfauglith

  • Beren and Luthien reach the ash plain beyond Dorthonion. There they are intercepted by Celegorm and Curufin. Beren fights them off alone, shaming them. But he spares their lives. Curufin fires an arrow back at Luthien as he flees, but Beren takes the shot. Luthien manages to heal him.

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  • Huan chases the brothers off and comes back to Luthien. As she sleeps that night, Beren leaves her in the care of Huan and goes to Angband alone.
  • When Luthien awakes she refuses to turn back and follows Beren. She takes Thuringwethil’s hide and assumes her form.
  • They come across Beren in sight of Angband. Luthien gives him the hide of Drauglin and disguises them both. Leaving Huan behind, they journey together to the gates of Angband.
  • Huan sees the shapes of the Eagles flying in the distance and goes to summon them.

Angband

  • At the gates of Angband they find Carchoroth, a hound greater even than Huan. Suddenly possessed by her Maian power, Luthien sings him into a deep sleep.
  • They reach the Throne room of Morgoth, where they find him at court. Seeing them through his servants, he strips them of their disguises. Luthien declares herself and offers to sing for him. Filled with lust, he accepts.

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  • Luthien’s voice sends Morgoth and the entire court to sleep. Beren then cuts a Silmaril from Morgoth’s crown. Luthien says they should flee, but Beren tries to cut another one, breaking the blade and awakening Morgoth.
  • They flee together while the court still sleeps. They reach the gates but are attacked by Carchoroth. Beren holds up the Silmaril to threaten the wolf, but Carchoroth bites his hand off. The Silmaril burns through the wolf’s stomach, causing him great pain and to flee.

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  • Luthien sucks the poison out of Beren’s wound, but they are too slow to escape the chasing hordes. Huan reaches them however, and he brings with him the Eagles of Manwe who bear them away.

First Appearance – Carcharoth

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ and ‘Of the Fifth Battle’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand.

Pictures

  • Beren and Luthien Flee Angband – Pete Amachree
  • The Attack of Feanor’s Sons – Anke Eissman
  • Luthien Before the Throne – neffinesse
  • Carcharoth – Justin Gerard

Season 3 Episode 8 – The Union of Maedhros

Himring

  • Word reaches Maedhros from Fingon. Maglor arrives back with Caranthir and Angrod, telling Maedhros that Azaghal is on their side.

Doriath

  • The Eagles carry Beren, Luthien and Huan to Menegroth.
  • Thingol has his healers see to them immediately. He confronts Beren, who says he holds a Silmaril in his hand. Thingol only sees his stump. However, after hearing their story Thingol holds Beren above mortal men, and gives him permission to marry Luthien.
  • Mablung and Beleg report back to Thingol about Carcharoth ravaging lands near the borders of Doriath.
  • Beren and Luthien are married that day.

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  • Soon after, Thingol gathers a hunting party to kill Carcharoth. Beren, Beleg, Mablung, Huan and several others go along.
  • In the forest Beren is assaulted by Carcharoth, tearing him open. Huan leaps onto him and is mortally wounded himself, but manages to kill Carcharoth. He lays down beside Beren and dies.

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  • Mablung cuts open the belly of Carcharoth and finds the Silmaril, Beren’s hand still holding it. He gives it to Beren, who in turn hands it over to Thingol as his bride price.
  • Beren is taken back to Menegroth, where he dies in Luthien’s arms. When Thingol sends elves in to take Beren’s body away, they find Luthien dead as well.

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Dor-lomin

  • Hurin gives his son Turin a knife as a gift. Turin in turn gives it to his friend Sador, who needs it for woodworking.
  • Hurin is called away to Hithlum by Fingon. He gathers Huor and his army and says farewell to his family.

Hithlum

  • Maedhros comes to Hithlum with his brothers, Azaghal of the dwarves and Ulfang of the Easterlings . They find Celegorm and Curufin already there.
  • Maedhros and Fingon talk about the deeds of Beren and Luthien. Maedhros sets out a battle plan to eventually besiege and destroy Angband. There Maedhros forms the Union of Maedhros.

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Gondolin

  • Maeglin brings word of the Union to Turgon, who agrees to join his brother in battle. For the first time, Turgon leads his elves out from Gondolin.

First Appearances – Lalaith, Turin, Sador

Deaths – Beren, Luthien, Huan, Carcharoth

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ and ‘Of the Fifth Battle’ from the Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from the Lays of Beleriand, ‘Narn i Hin Hurin’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Childhood of Turin’ from The Children of Hurin

Pictures

  • The Quest Fulfilled – Anke Eissman
  • Beren and Luthien – Lleayhe
  • Huan’s Leap – Ted Nasmith
  • The Death – Tuuliky
  • Union of Maedhros – Eilian

Season 2 Episode 1 – Blood Tears

Season 2 covers the Long Peace and the breaking of the Siege of Angband, from the beginning of the First Age to Year 456. There are a few time skips of several hundred years. This season sees the Dagor Aglareb, construction of Gondolin and Nargothrond, the coming of Men and the Dagor Bragollach.

Prologue – Eregion

  • Elrond and his sons meet with Maglor again. This time he is in Eregion, Celebrimbor’s old kingdom. Maglor is convinced to tell Elrond’s sons about how Beleriand was overtaken by Morgoth.

Angband

  • Maedhros hangs from Thangorodrim. Morgoth and Sauron both taunt and torment him. He refuses to give up secrets about the Noldor.
  • Both Maedhros and Sauron see Thorondor from afar.

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Mithrim

  • Fingolfin begins building his kingdom, Hithlum.
  • Believing Maedhros dead, Maglor and the Sons of Feanor prepare to leave Mithrim and go east.
  • Fingolfin gives Fingon a domain in the west, Dor-lomin.
  • Turgon struggles to get over his wife’s death, becoming protective of Idril. He blames Feanor and his sons for Elenwe’s death.
  • Thorondor arrives to inform Feanor’s sons of Maedhros’ imprisonment.

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Doriath

  • Thingol welcomes Noldor ambassadors in his land, but refuses to give up land of Beleriand to them.
  • Thingol’s daughter, Luthien, is curious about the Noldor. Thingol refuses to let her leave Doriath.

First Appearances – Luthien, Nimloth

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’ and ‘Of Beleriand and its Realms’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • Lake Mithrim – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Maedhros Upon Thangorodrim – Jenny Dolfen
  • Prayer of Fingon – Tuuliky

Season 1 Episode 1 – The Minstrel

The series is framed by meetings between Elrond and Maglor in the Third Age. Maglor recounts the events of the First Age to Elrond and the viewer.

Season 1 covers the Fall of the Noldor, including the birth of Feanor and his brothers, the creation of the Silmarils, the Kinslaying, the journey to Middle-earth, the First Battle and the Battle-under-stars.

Here now is Season 1, Episode 1: The Minstrel

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Prologue – Rivendell/Lindon

  • Elrond receives a message from Cirdan, saying he has spotted the person Elrond has been searching for.
  • Elrond rides to Lindon, where Cirdan directs him onwards.
  • Elrond finds the elf on the shores of the sea, Maglor, son of Feanor.
  • Elrond wishes to bring Maglor to Rivendell, but Maglor cannot come. Maglor begins his story, the story of the Noldor, beginning in Valinor.

Valinor/Tirion

  • His father, Feanor, is born to Finwe and Miriel. Miriel dies during childbirth. Finwe remarries and has two more sons – Fingolfin and Finarfin.
  • Feanor opposes his father’s remarriage.
  • Feanor is close to Mahtan, Miriel’s father. Mahtan teaches Feanor craftsmanship and writing.
  • Feanor devises Tengwar. He weds Nerdanel and has seven sons, one of them Maglor.
  • Feanor turns his mind towards making gems. He is approached by a Valar, Melkor, but sees through his lies.
  • The lives of the elves beneath the light of the Two Trees in Valinor are detailed. Feanor’s relationship with his brothers and sons and Finwe’s meetings with the Valar.
  • Melkor and Manwe discuss the elves. Manwe warns Melkor not to interfere, reminding him of his past.
  • Feanor creates the Silmarils.

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First Appearances – Elrond, Cirdan, Maglor, Feanor, Finwe, Miriel, Indis, Nerdanel, Fingolfin, Finarfin, Maedhros, Celegorm, Caranthir, Curufin, Amrod, Amras, Manwe, Ulmo, Mandos, Aule, Irmo, Orome, Tulkas, Varda, Yavanna, Nienna, Vaire, Este, Vana, Nessa, Melkor, Rumil, Mahtan, Findis, Ingwe

Deaths – Miriel

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Eldamar and the Princes of Eldalie’ and ‘Of Feanor and the Unchaining of Melkor’ of The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • Tirion – Ted Nasmith
  • Maglor – Jenny Dolfen
  • Lord of the Gems – Mami02

Season 1 Episode 10 – The Rising of the Sun

The Battle-under-Stars and the Battle of Lammoth have been combined.

Prologue – Angband (Y.T. 1300-1400)

Sauron and the Balrogs create orcs, born from tortured elves. Melkor returns and Sauron welcomes him.

Lammoth (Y.T. 1497)

  • Fingolfin’s army arrives as the sun first rises. They are attacked by the orcs of Morgoth as they arrive. Fingolfin’s son Argon cuts his way through the orcs and slays their leader. He is surrounded and killed.
  • Fingolfin manages to drive off the rest of the orcs. They press on towards Thangorodrim.

Dor Daedeloth

  • Feanor fights the balrogs head on. He manages to slay several.
  • Eventually Feanor is alone on the battlefield. He is wounded several times by Gothmog but continues fighting.

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  • Feanor’s sons come down on the balrogs before Feanor is killed. They drive them off and carry Feanor from the battlefield.
  • During the battle Maedhros is captured by Gothmog.
  • Feanor looks upon Thangorodrim from afar and curses Angband thrice. As he dies his body burns to ashes.

Angband

  • Fingolfin reaches Angband and forces the remaining army of Morgoth behind their gates. Despite their efforts they know they cannot destroy Angband with force.
  • Maedhros is brought before Morgoth. Morgoth imprisons him on Thangorodrim. Hanging him by the wrist upon the mountain.

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Mithrim

  • Feanor’s sons meet Fingolfin’s host again on the shores of Mithrim
  • Maglor recounts that they were still bound by the Oath of Feanor.

Doriath

  • Thingol permits Galadriel and Celeborn to stay, as they are both Teleri in nature.
  • Thingol and Melian climb to the top of the forest. There Melian sets a great fog to conceal Doriath from Morgoth, called the Girdle of Melian.

Lindon

  • Elrond asks Maglor to come to Rivendell, but he refuses. Elrond watches as Maglor slowly wanders off down the coastline.

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Deaths – Feanor, Argon

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Coming of Elves and the Captivity of Melkor’, ‘Of the Sindar’, ‘Of the Sun and Moon’ and ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’ from Unfinished Tales and ‘The Shibboleth of Feanor’ from The Peoples of Middle-earth.

Pictures

  • Thangorodrim – ?
  • Feanor vs Gothmog, Lord of the Balrogs – bobgreyvenstein
  • Maedhros Capture by Orcs – Jenny Dolfen
  • Maglor’s Fate by the Sea – Jenny Dolfren