Season 3 Episode 2 – Loyalty

Dorthonion

  • Barahir and his outlaws drive out a band of orcs from a cluster of towns in Dorthonion, freeing several people who lived there.

Angband

  • Morgoth is furious at his forces for being unable to kill Barahir. He orders Sauron to go after them.

Himring

  • Maedhros and Maglor ride forward to take back the Pass. It was scarcely guarded and they manage to do it quickly.

Tol Sirion

  • Celegorm and Curufin come across Orodreth fleeing Minas Tirith. They destroy the orcs following them and suggest they head towards Nargothrond.

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Tarn Aeluin

  • Gorlim leaves the band at night, returning to look for his wife. He sees her in the window, but discovers it was a trap laid by Sauron. Sauron’s hunters torture him for information. After he refuses to give any, they promise to reunite him with his wife.

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  • Barahir sends Beren on a scouting mission to the East.

Gondolin

  • Hurin and Huor depart Gondolin, returning to Dor-lomin.

Minas Tirith

  • Gorlim is brought before Sauron. He agrees to give up Barahir if he is allowed a free life with his wife. After he hears the information, Sauron informs Gorlim his wife has long been dead and kills him.

Dorthonion

  • The wraith of Gorlim comes to Beren in his sleep, informing Beren of his betrayal. Beren rushes back.
  • Sauron’s orcs, led by Drauglin, ambush Barahir and his men at their lair. The ten remaining men are slaughtered.
  • Beren returns too late. He recovers his father’s ring, but refuses to grieve.

Dor-lomin

  • Hurin and Huor return to Dor-lomin, where they are reunited with their father Galdor.

Doriath

  • Beren flees South to Doriath, where he comes across Luthien dancing in the woods.

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First Appearances – Haldir, Hundar

Deaths – Barahir, Baragund, Belegund, Gorlim, Gildor, Radhruin, Dairuin, Gorlim, Urthel, Dagnir, Arthad

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

Pictures

  • Beren the Solitary Outlaw – peet
  • Gorlim ill-fated – Kakomicly
  • Hunting with the Great Hounds – Henning Janssen
  • The Tale of Beren and Luthien – Unknown

Season 3 Episode 3 – Beren and Luthien

Doriath

  • Beren watches Luthien for a time, before he reveals himself. He calls her ‘Nightingale’. Luthien flees from him with Daeron, not understanding fear.
  • Beren searches for Luthien again. He hears her singing on a hill. He runs out of the shadows crying ‘Tinuviel’. Luthien does not flee after she sees his fair form.

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  • Beren relays his story to Luthien, including the death of his father.
  • Luthien takes him back to her father’s realm, but does not inform Thingol.
  • Luthien leaves every day to see Beren, making Thingol curious.
  • Still suffering from despair, Luthien cradles Beren’s head against her breast, holding his hand. He falls for her. Seeing the love and happiness her actions give to Beren, she falls for him too.

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  • Luthien refuses to go walking with Daeron. Out of duty, Daeron informs Thingol of Beren.
  • Thingol speaks to Melian and Galadriel about Luthien, who warn him against angering his daughter

Nargothrond

  • Orodreth and the two Sons of Feanor come to Nargothrond. Finrod is hesitant to welcome Celegorm and Curufin but does so.

Amon Ereb

  • Caranthir and Amras reach Amon Ereb, where they make deals with Azaghal the dwarf of Belegost.

Angband

  • Sauron reports back to Morgoth, who is pleased. He tasks Sauron to man Minas Tirith while he attacks Hithlum.

Hithlum

  • Fingon has gotten word that Morgoth is planning to attack Hithlum from the north. He rides out to meet them.
  • Vastly outnumbered, he is overrun. Luckily, word had reached Cirdan in the Falas, who sailed his ships north and saves Fingon.
  • Galdor was slain in combat. Hurin defies the orders of Fingon and chases the orcs throughout Anfauglith, slaughtering many.

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First Appearances – Gwindor, Edrahil

Deaths – Galdor

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ and ‘Of Beren and Luthien’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The Lay of Leithian’ from The Lays of Beleriand and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels

Pictures

  • Beren and Luthien – maril1
  • Tinuviel! Tinuviel! – woutart
  • Nightingale – Paula DiSante
  • Hurin on Horseback – Alan Lee

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 9 – The Unnumbered Tears

The Battle of Unnumbered Tears is brought forward to coincide with the deaths of Beren and Luthien, acting as the climax of the third season.

Dorthonion

  • The orcs of Dorthonion flee the mighty host of Maedhros as he heads back east.

Doriath

  • Riders come to enlist Thingol’s aid for the Union and a demand for the Silmaril. Still grieving for his daughter, Thingol angrily sends them away against Melian’s counsel. Beleg and Mablung join the Union instead.

Nargothrond

  • Riders also come to enlist Orodreth’s armies. Orodreth refuses to side with Celegorm over his actions in the death of Finrod. However, Gwindor leads a small host to join Fingon without Orodreth’s knowledge.

Himring

  • Maedhros hears of Thingol’s decision. Celegorm vows to destroy Doriath after dealing with Morgoth. Maedhros gathers his captains (his brothers, Azaghal, Ulfang and Bor) and marches out of Himring.

Halls of Mandos

  • Luthien awakes as a shade in the Halls of Mandos, alongside dead elves of ages past. She is called before Mandos.
  • Finrod meets Luthien before Mandos, where he is told he will be reincarnated to live in Valinor.
  • Luthien sings of her grief to Mandos, who is moved to pity with the circumstances of her death. Mandos summons Beren from the mortal houses of the dead to meet with Luthien again.
  • Mandos consults Manwe, who gives Luthien a choice of either living forever in Valinor with her kin or returning to Earth with Beren but only as a mortal. Luthien accepts her mortal fate.

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Ered Wethrin

  • The armies of Hurin, Cirdan and Gwindor meet in the woods of Ered Wethrin. Fingon relays the battle plan to all his captains.

Angband

  • Morgoth receives a visitor, Ulfang of the Easterlings. Ulfang betrays Maedhros’ plans to Morgoth.

Anfauglith

  • Rumours spread of a traitor in Maedhros’ army. This causes them to be delayed.
  • Fingon’s army anxiously awaits the arrival of Maedhros.
  • Maedhros is suddenly attacked by an army from Angband. Maedhros defeats them, but is now severely delayed.
  • Smoke and fire pour forth from Thangorodrim, leading Fingon to realise that Morgoth knows of their presence. Many begin to despair until they see Turgon arrive with 10,000 elves.

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  • Gwindor’s brother Gelmir is brought out in front of Fingon’s army, where he is mutilated and killed. Gwindor charges forward and attacks the army of Angband, leaving Fingon no choice but to follow.
  • Gwindor charges past the gates of Angband, which is snapped shut. Gwindor’s army is slaughtered and a huge host emerges from all sides and encircles Fingon.
  • Fingon is forced to fall back from the walls. His rearguard is mostly slain. Turgon rides forward with the rest of his soldiers and breaks the orc lines.
  • Turgon and Hurin meet in the midst of battle.
  • Maedhros finally arrives, but the hope the men and elves receive from seeing his banners is quickly dashed as Glaurung and Gothmog lead tens of thousands more orcs into battle.

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First Appearance – Gelmir

Death – Gelmir, Hundar

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

Pictures

  • The Battle of Unnumbered Tears – Alan Lee
  • Luthien’s Lament Before Mandos – Ted Nasmith
  • Battle of Unnumbered Tears – Lomehir
  • Glaurung and the Dwarves of Belegost – Lynton Levengood

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 2 Episode 5 – The Dark Elf

Doriath

  • Eol, the Dark Elf, crafts a master sword, Anglachel, he gives to Thingol. After receiving little gratitude, he leaves the forest.

Gondolin

  • Turgon welcomes his people to Gondolin. He has a private moment with his daughter dedicating the city to his late wife.

Nargothrond

  • Finrod continues construction of his fortress with help of the dwarves.

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(200 Years Later)

Gondolin

  • Aredhel seeks permission to leave Gondolin. Turgon agrees only if she sees Fingon, but she disobeys.

Ard-Galen

  • Glaurung, father of dragons, leads a host from Thangorodrim and pushes the Noldor from Ard-Galen.

Nan Elmoth

  • Eol feasts with the dwarves of the Blue Mountains. After the feast he returns to Nan Elmoth, where he comes across Aredhel, daughter of Fingolfin. Using his enchanting voice, he lures her deeper into the forest, where he ensnares her.

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Dorthonion

  • Fingon rides against Glaurung with a company of mounted archers. The orcs are driven back, but Glaurung remains. Fingon personally shoots Glaurung in the eye, causing him to retreat.

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Sirion

  • Finrod, Maglor and Maedhros hunt east of the river
  • Leaving the brothers, Finrod encounters men of the House of Beor. Welcoming them to Beleriand, he speaks with Beor the Old.

First Appearances – Eol, Beor, Malach, Glaurung, Azaghal

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Return of the Noldor’, ‘Of the Noldor in Beleriand’, ‘Of Maeglin’ and ‘Of the Coming of Men Into the West’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Nan Elmoth – Noldomirwen
  • Nargothrond – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eol Welcomes Aredhel – Ted Nasmith
  • Glaurung is Humbled – Ted Nasmith

Season 2 Episode 6 – The House of Beor

Angband

  • Morgoth denounces Glaurung for his actions. He then talks with Sauron about how to break the siege.

Sirion

  • The Green-Elves of Ossiriand scuffle with the men of Beor. Unable to understand each other, they prepare to attack. Finrod steps in and talks down the Green-Elves.

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Doriath

  • Finrod leads the men across Beleriand. He speaks with Galadriel to allow them into Doriath to see Thingol. Thingol gives them permission to cross his lands.

Nan Elmoth

  • Aredhel bears Eol a son, Maeglin. She wishes to return with them to Gondolin, but he refuses.
  • Eol leaves to visit the dwarves. When he returns he finds Aredhel gone with Maeglin. He follows their trail

Estolad

  • Finrod leads Beor and his followers to Estolad, where they settle. Beor leaves his men to visit the High King of the Noldor.

Hithlum

  • Beor and Malach speak with Fingolfin.
  • Finrod returns to Nargothrond. Beor wishes to remain in his service.

Nargothrond

  • Not long after returning to Nargothrond, Beor dies of old age.

Gondolin

  • Eol finds Aredhel at the entrance to Gondolin and follows them.
  • Eol reveals himself to Turgon. Turgon welcomes him as a kinsman.
  • Eol wishes to leave, but Turgon tells him none who enter the Hidden City may leave. Eol is enraged by this, and he chooses death, for him and his son. He throws a poisoned dart at Maeglin, but it is caught by Aredhel. The poison pierces her skin and she is killed.
  • Turgon casts Eol from the walls of Gondolin.

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First Appearance – Maeglin

Deaths – Eol, Aredhel, Beor, Malach

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Maeglin’ and ‘Of the Coming of Men Into the West’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Later Quenta Silmarillion’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • The Awakening – Tumasch
  • Felagund Among Beor’s Men – Ted Nasmith
  • Eol is Led to the Walls – Ted Nasmith

Season 2 Episode 7 – Bragollach

Prologue – Eregion

Maglor tells of the Long Peace and the years of Elves and Men. A hundred years pass and both races have learned to live peacefully. He tells of the House of Haladin, saved by Haleth, who led her people in repelling an orc siege until Caranthir arrived with reinforcements.  He also tells of the settlements in Ladros and Dor-lomin, and the giving of the Dragon Helm to Hador from Fingon, and the arrival of the Easterlings over the Blue Mountains.

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Angband

  • Morgoth looks upon his forces gathered in the depths of Angband. He tells Gothmog it is time.

Ladros

  • Finrod and Aegnor visit Andreth of the House of Beor. Finrod talks to her for a time, but she leaves to see Aegnor, whom she loves. Aegnor however, despite reciprocating her affections, refuses her advances.
  • Finrod meets with Barahir, descendent of Beor about the Siege. He inspects Barahir’s soldiers and meets his son, Beren.

Ard-Galen

  • Fingon and his forces patrol Ard-Galen near Angband. Suddenly, rivers of flame spew forth from Thangorodrim. Forced to retreat, Fingon rides to warn his father.

Dorthonion

  • Glaurung leads an army of balrogs and orcs over the plains. Angrod and Aegnor ride before them with Bregolas and his men, but they are slain with their forces.

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Hithlum

  • Fingon’s riders reach Fingolfin in Barad Eithel. Fingolfin sends out riders to call his armies to battle.
  • Gil-Galad is sent by his mother to Cirdan in the Falas.
  • Soon after, Barad Eithel is besieged.

Ladros

  • Barahir commands his men to take their people and retreat south. He takes his best men and rides East.

Maglor’s Gap

  • Maglor’s horsemen are burned alive. Maglor retreats to Himring. Morgoth’s forces enter Beleriand.

Pass of Aglon

  • The other sons of Feanor are defeated and driven back south of Doriath.
  • Morgoth’s orcs control the north. They prepare further attacks and march on Minas Tirith.

First Appearances – Barahir, Beren, Bregolas, Belegund, Baragund, Hador, Gildor, Radhruin, Gorlim, Dairuin, Urthel, Gil-Galad, Emeldir, Haleth

Deaths – Aegnor, Angrod, Bregolas

Adapted from chapters ‘Of Beleriand and Its Realms’, ‘Of the Coming of Men Into the West’ and ‘The Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ from The Silmarillion and ‘The Grey Annals’ from The War of the Jewels.

Pictures

  • Angrod and Aegnor in Dagor Bragollach – lilithran
  • The Dragon Helm of Dor-lomin – Alan Lee
  • Glaurung, the Black Wyrm – vaejoun

Season 2 Episode 9 – The Elven King

Eithel Sirion

  • Fingolfin and Fingon drive off the orcs besieging the fortress and plan a counter-attack on Dorthonion.
  • His army is joined by Hador, who volunteers to lead the vanguard.

Fen of Serech

  • Finrod and his army hurry north to join Fingolfin, but are ambushed at Serech. Finrod is cut off from the bulk of his army and vastly outnumbered.
  • Barahir comes across Finrod’s army and destroys the orc ambush.
  • Finrod thanks Barahir. He swears an oath of friendship between families, giving him his ring. The ring is forever known as the Ring of Barahir.

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Dorthonion

  • Hador rides on the massive army of orcs occupying Dorthonion, but he is set upon by balrogs.
  • Fingon and Fingolfin come to his aid, but tens of thousands of men and elves are slain or captured.
  • Fingolfin gives the order to retreat.

Eithel Sirion

  • Hador’s son Gundor is killed while retreating. Hador stands against the army alone covering his son’s body in a suicidal last stand.
  • Fingon’s archers destroy the orcs attacking Hador. The orcs retreat back to Dorthonion.
  • At Barad Eithel, Fingon recounts the losses of men and territory to Fingolfin. Fingolfin tells Fingon he will end the war alone.

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Angband

  • Fingolfin rides through the orc host in Ard-Galen, moonlight glowing off his armour. The orcs flee before him.
  • Fingolfin challenges Morgoth at the Gates of Angband. Morgoth accepts. Fingolfin wounds Morgoth seven times, but he is cast down by Grond. Fingolfin delivers a final blow to Morgoth’s foot, before being crushed by it. Watching the duel from afar, Thorondor flew down and stole Fingolfin’s body before it could be desecrated.

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Deaths – Fingolfin, Hador, Gundor

Adapted from chapters ‘Of the Ruin of Beleriand and the Fall of Fingolfin’ from The Silmarillion.

Pictures

  • The Siege of Angband – John Howe
  • The Oath of Finrod to Barahir – Anke Eissman
  • Fingolfin’s Wrath – Ted Nasmith
  • Fingolfin’s Challenge – John Howe

Season 2 Episode 10 – Outlaws

Gondolin

  • Thorondor brings Fingolfn’s body to a peak above Gondolin. Turgon sees this and hurries up there. He builds a cairn over his father’s body, before sending word to Fingon at Barad Eithel.

Eithel Sirion

  • Finrod and Barahir meet with Fingon. They receive word of the King’s death from Thorondor. Fingon is named High King of the Noldor.
  • Finrod asks Barahir to return with him to Nargothrond, but Barahir instead returns to Dorthonion to help any of his people who remain

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Angband

  • Glaurung returns to Thangorodrim with ten thousand Noldorian prisoners. Sauron tells Morgoth of the lands and people they now control.

Dorthonion

  • Barahir manages to save many families who flee East. Refusing to leave behind his lands, he and 11 others form an outlaw band who remain in Dorthonion, contesting Morgoth’s rule.

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Himring

  • Maedhros and Maglor remained unharmed in the fortress. Maedhros tells Maglor they will continue to honour the oath and they will find their brothers.

Vale of Sirion

  • Ulmo speaks to Thorondor the Eagle, who is flying back to Gondolin. He convinces him to take Hurin and Huor to Gondolin.
  • Hurin and Huor remain in the mist. Thorondor and his eagles come to them. Hurin is hesitant at first, but realises he has no other option.

Gondolin

  • Thorondor flies Hurin and Huor to Gondolin, where he speaks with Turin about Ulmo’s words. Ulmo had said that the children of Hador will aid Gondolin in its darkest hour. Turgon welcomes the brothers.

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

Pictures

  • Death of Fingolfin – Abe Papakhian
  • The Oath of Felagund – aautio
  • At Tarn Aeluin – Ted Nasmith
  • Hurin and Huor are Carried to Gondolin – Alan Lee