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

Season 10 Episode 9 – The Scouring of the Shire

Rivendell

  • Bilbo’s 129th birthday is celebrated.
  • Frodo tells Bilbo he must return to the Shire.

Eregion

  • Gandalf and the hobbits pass the Ford of Bruinen and Weathertop. Frodo’s wound aches.

The Prancing Pony

  • They drink at the inn, sharing stories with Barliman and the locals.
  • Nob brings Bill the Pony from the stables.

The Shire

  • The land turns darker as they travel towards The Shire. Gandalf leaves them, heading to the Old Forest.
  • They find the gate closed at the Brandywine. The guards are under orders not to let people in. Merry and Pippin climb the gate and open it. Merry chases off Bill Ferny.

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Frogmorton

  • They head towards Hobbiton, but are arrested at Frogmorton. They laugh this off and continue. Robin Smallburrow explains that rough men came and took over The Shire.

Bywater

  • Six men threaten Frodo, but are chased off by the other hobbits. They claim to answer to ‘Sharkey’.
  • Sam visits Farmer Cotton and Rosie.

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  • Merry rouses the hobbits with the horn of Rohan. They set up barricades.
  • Pippin rides off to gather his relatives.
  • A gang of men attacks the hobbits, but are surrounded and surrender.

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  • Merry spends the night setting up traps and barricades for an ambush.
  • Sam and Frodo talk to the Gaffer and Rosie.
  • In the morning Merry sets archers around the town. Pippin returns with a hundred hobbits.
  • The ruffians walk straight into Merry’s trap. They do not surrender and many are killed.

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  • A few hobbits are killed and the ruffians decide to kill rather than escape. Merry and Pippin charge into them.
  • Seventy men and nineteen hobbits are dead.

Hobbiton

  • Frodo and Sam lead two dozen hobbits into Hobbiton. They see the entire town turned grey, with all the trees cut down.
  • Ted Sandyman gathers all the hobbits left in Hobbiton to follow Frodo
  • Frodo recognises this as Saruman’s work, before they encounter Saruman himself at Bag End.

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  • Saruman orders the hobbits to kill Frodo, but they are not swayed. He attempts to stab Frodo himself and is thwarted by the mithril coat.

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  • Frodo shows mercy to Saruman. Saruman reveals Wormtongue killed Lotho. Wormtongue slits Saruman’s throat and is killed himself by hobbit archers.
  • Saruman’s spirit hovers before being blown away by the West wind.
  • The imprisoned hobbits, including Fatty Bolger and Lobelia, are released.
  • The dead hobbits are buried. A memorial is placed in Bywater.

Deaths – Saruman, Grima Wormtongue, Lotho Sackville-Baggins

Adapted from chapters ‘Homeward Bound’ and ‘The Scouring of the Shire’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Shire – John Howe
  • Unwelcome Return – Alan Lee
  • Sam and Rosie Cotton – Ted Nasmith
  • Storming the Bank – Ted Nasmith
  • Scouring of the Shire – discogangsta
  • Saruman – Eric Faure-Brac
  • The Scouring of the Shire – Inger Edelfeldt

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.

(Epilogue)

  • 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

Season 7 Episode 2 – Riddles in the Dark

Prologue – Dol Guldur (T.A. 2850)

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  • Gandalf enters Dol Guldur, where he finds Thrain in the dungeons
  • Thrain gives Gandalf the map and key.
  • Gandalf is discovered by Sauron, but escapes

Troll Shaws

  • The company explores the troll cave. They bury a chest of treasure and take a number of weapons, including Glamdring, Orcrist and Sting.

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Rivendell

  • Gandalf leads the company to Rivendell.
  • Elrond inspects Glamdring and Orcrist, as well as discovering the moon runes on Thror’s Map.
  • Elrond talks with Gandalf about the Necromancer
  • The company leaves Rivendell after resting.

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Misty Mountains

  • Stone Giants hurl rocks against the mountains. Thorin sends Fili and Kili to look for better shelter.
  • Fili and Kili return and lead them to a better cave.
  • Bilbo awakes from a nightmare to find goblins swarming into the cave from the back. They are taken into a tunnel, except for Gandalf.

Goblin Tunnel

  • The dwarves are taken to the Great Goblin.

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  • The Great Goblin attempts to kill Thorin after finding Orcrist, but is killed by Gandalf.
  • Gandalf leads them away from the hall. Dori is carrying Bilbo until he is grabbed by a Goblin, flung from Dori’s back and sent tumbling down the tunnels.

Gollum’s Cave

  • Bilbo finds a metal ring and puts it in his pocket.
  • Bilbo is surprised by the creature Gollum, who he fends off with his dagger.
  • Gollum challenges Bilbo to a game of riddles. If Bilbo wins, he will be shown the way out.

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  • Bilbo wins the game of riddles, but Gollum leaves to retrieve his ring.
  • Gollum finds The Ring gone.

Goblin Tunnel

  • Gandalf leads the dwarves down the twisting tunnels to the exit.

Gollum’s Cave

  • Gollum returns to Bilbo with intent to kill him. Bilbo runs back up the tunnel, slipping the Ring onto his finger.

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  • Gollum runs past Bilbo, who realises the Ring makes him invisible.
  • Bilbo follows Gollum, who stops at the exit. Bilbo contemplates killing him, but seeing how pitiful Gollum is, decides against it.

Goblin’s Tunnel

  • Armoured goblins guard the exit. Bilbo slips past them but his buttons catch in the door. The goblins see his shadow, but Bilbo tears loose.

First Appearances – Erestor, Gollum, Great Goblin, Bolg

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Adapted from chapters ‘A Short Rest’, ‘Over Hill and Under Hill’ and ‘Riddles in the Dark’ from The Hobbit and Appendix B of Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Weapon of the Enemy – Suzy Almblad
  • Pass the Doors of Dol Guldor – John Howe
  • Troll Fells – Jef Murray
  • Out of Imladris – Jef Murray
  • The Great Goblin – John Howe
  • Riddles in the Dark – Michael Hague
  • Riddles in the Dark – Ted Nasmith

Season 7 Episode 8 – The Return Journey

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Erebor

  • Bilbo wakes up to find the battle over.
  • Gandalf finds Bilbo and takes him to the camps.
  • Bilbo finds Thorin dying. Thorin repents his actions and greed before he dies.

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  • Thorin is buried in Erebor, with the Arkenstone and Orcrist upon his chest.
  • Dain is crowned King Under the Mountain. He gives 1/14th of the treasure to Bard to rebuild Dale.
  • Bilbo says goodbye to the dwarves

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  • Bilbo leaves with Gandalf, Thranduil and Beorn.
  • Bilbo narrates the rebuild of Dale, leaving Beorn and returning to Rivendell.

Rivendell

  • Elrond offers Bilbo a home at Rivendell, but Bilbo chooses to return home.

Troll Shaws

  • Bilbo digs up the treasure left at the troll’s cave.

The Shire

  • Bilbo returns to Bag End to find the Sackville-Baggins selling off his possessions.
  • Bilbo tries to convince everyone that he’s not dead.
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  • Gandalf and Balin visit Bilbo at Bag End.

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  • Bilbo adopts his young cousin, Frodo.
  • Bilbo begins writing the Red Book of Westmarch.

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First Appearances – Frodo Baggins, Lobelia Sackville-Baggins, Otho Sackville-Baggins, Gaffer Gamgee, Ted Sandyman, Farmer Cotton

Death – Thorin

Adapted from the chapters ‘The Return Journey’ and ‘The Last Stage’ of The Hobbit and Appendix B of Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Return Journey – Charles Burggraf
  • Beorn Finds Thorin – Joona Kujanen
  • The Death of Thorin – John Howe
  • Balin – Turner Mohan
  • Visit to Bilbo – Alan Lee
  • Many Paths to Tread – Jef Murray

Season 6 Episode 1 – The Second Age

Season 6 will be the last to cover The Silmarillion. It will consist mostly of Akallabeth and extra material featured in Unfinished Tales. The main story is the Downfall of Numenor and the Last Alliance, which will be the bulk of this season. The first couple of episodes will cover the establishment of Numenor, the making of the Rings of Power and the War of the Elves and Sauron. These events will be streamlined a little to compensate for time constraints. Other events covered would include the establishment of the great kingdoms and cities of Middle-Earth, including Lindon, Eregion, Lothlorien, Gondor, Arnor and Imladris, as well as the disaster of Gladden Fields, the coming of the Istari and the expansion of Khazad-Dum.

Elrond takes over as narrator, as Maglor is no longer involved in the events of the story.

Prologue – Rivendell (Third Age)

  • Having heard the tale of Earendil, the children of Elrond are now keen to know the stories of the Second Age. So Elrond begins the tale of the men of his brother, Elros.

Valinor (Second Age Y. 1)

  • The Valar convene again. They give the returned elves the Isle of Eressea to dwell in and build the tower of Avallone.
  • Manwe declares that due to the destruction of Beleriand the Valar will never again intervene in the affairs of Middle Earth.
  • Manwe sends Eonwe to give the Edain that fought in the War of Wrath their reward.

Lindon

  • Gil-Galad establishes a kingdom in Lindon.

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  • Elros and the Edain dwell here for a while.
  • Eonwe arrives with messages from the Valar. He reveals a new land has been raised for the Edain.
  • Elros says goodbye to Elrond and the elves and leads his men over the sea, following the Star of Earendil.

Numenor (S.A. 32-442)

  • Osse raises the island from the sea. Aule and Yavanna model it and give it life.
  • Elros arrives and establishes the Kingdom of Numenor.

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  • From Meneltarma, the highest peak on Numenor, Elros gazes upon the light of Valinor and the tower of Avallone.
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  • Death of Elros and creation of the line of the Lords of Andunie.

Lindon (S.A. 750-1200)

  • Many elves, including Celebrimbor, Galadriel, Celeborn and Oropher, leave Lindon to found their own colonies.

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Eregion

  • Celebrimbor comes across a tall man calling himself Annatar.

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First Appearances – Oropher, Thanduil, Celebrian

Death – Elros

Adapted from chapters ‘Akallabeth’ and ‘Of the Rings of Power and the Third Age’ from The Silmarillion, ‘The History of Galadriel and Celeborn’, ‘A Description of the Island of Numenor’ and ‘The Line of Elros’ from Unfinished Tales, Appendices A and B of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Tales of Years of the Second Age’ from The Peoples of Middle-earth.

Pictures

  • Numenor Map – Narfil Palurfalas
  • The End of the Age – Ted Nasmith
  • Numenor – Feliche
  • Ost-in-edhil – ?
  • Annatar – Alais

Season 6 Episode 3 – The White Tree

Numenor

  • King Tar-Minastir sails to Lindon with many thousands.

Rivendell

  • Elrond is besieged in Imladris.

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Eregion

  • The Dunedain defeat Sauron and lift the Siege of Imladris.
  • Sauron flees back to Mordor

Mordor

  • Sauron reveals he has captured the remaining Rings. He gives them to men and dwarves who trust him.

Lindon

  • Glorfindel returns to Middle-Earth, bringing with him the Blue wizards.

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Rivendell

  • The first White Council is held. Glorfindel introduces the Istari to the Council, detailing their mission.
  • Elrond first meets Celebrian, the daughter of Galadriel and Celeborn.

Numenor

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  • The King’s Men, under Pharazon, return from battling Sauron in Middle-Earth.
  • The King’s Men speak out against the Valar and the elves.
  • The Faithful, led by Amandil and his son Elendil, tend to the fading White Tree and to the Hallow of Eru.

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  • King Tar-Palantir repents for the actions of past Kings and seeks the forgiveness of the Valar, but it does not come.
  • The majority of the Numenoreans remain against the Valar, encouraged by Pharazon.

Mordor

  • Sauron claims his title as King of Men. He releases the Nazgul to terrorise the people of Middle-Earth.

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First Appearances – Tar-Palantir, Pharazon, Amandil, Elendil, Isildur, Anarion, Miriel, The Witch-King, Alatar, Pallando

Deaths – Tar-Minastir, Ciryatur, Narvi, Durin III

Pictures

  • White Tree of Numenor
  • Imladris – Eric Faure-Brac
  • Glorfindel – Liga Klavina
  • At the Foot of the Meneltarma – Jef Murray
  • Black Riders – John Howe