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.

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
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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.

A Tolkien illustration by Ted Nasmith

  • 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