Season 9 Episode 2 – The Riders of Rohan

Barad-Dur

  • The Witch-King reports back to Sauron about Aragorn, Isildur’s heir. Sauron is noticeably concerned. He commands the Witch-King to find Frodo and prepare the army to attack Gondor, Rohan and the North.

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Edoras

  • Scouts report to Eomer of the orc band coming down from Emyn Muil.
  • Eomer seeks permission to hunt the orcs down. Grima and Theoden forbid it.

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  • Eomer talks to Eowyn about Grima’s treachery before heading out to hunt the orcs late at night.

Plains of Rohan

  • Merry and Pippin lie captive. Pippin listens to the orcs, realising there are two groups arguing. The orcs fight, killing several of their own.
  • Pippin cuts his bonds, tying them loosely around his wrists. The hobbits are picked up again and carried on.

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  • Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli come across the slain orcs. They continue on.

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  • Pippin breaks free, but is caught. Before he is caught he places a broach in the road. Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli come across this soon after.

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Borders of Fangorn

  • Grishnakh searches the hobbits for the Ring.
  • Merry, imitating Gollum, leads Grishnakh to believe they have the Ring. He tries to escape with them.
  • Eomer and his riders come upon the orcs. They kill all of them, including Grishnakh. Eomer personally kills Ugluk.

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  • Merry and Pippin run into Fangorn forest.

Plains of Rohan

  • Aragorn comes across Eomer the morning after. Eomer tells of the slaughter of the orcs, having seen no hobbits. They lend Aragorn two horses.

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Borders of Fangorn

  • Aragorn finds the slaughtered orcs and the graves of 12 Rohirrim soldiers, but no sign of Merry and Pippin.
  • Gimli sees an old man in the forest, who vanishes along with their horses.
  • Aragorn finds cut rope, a Lorien leaf and hobbit prints. They follow the prints deeper into the forest.

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Edoras

  • Grimbold and Elfhelm come to Edoras with Theodred’s body.

First Appearances – Grishnakh, Snaga, Theoden, Eomer, Eowyn, Grima Wormtongue, Eothain, Fastred

Deaths – Ugluk, Grishnakh, Snaga

Adapted from chapters ‘The Riders of Rohan’, ‘The Uruk-Hai’

Pictures

  • The Riders of Rohan – Turner Mohan
  • Sauron and the Witch-King – Angel Falto
  • Grima Wormtongue – John Howe
  • Orc Hunting 2 – Alan Lee
  • Orc Hunting – Alan Lee
  • The Elven Brooch – Anke Eissmann
  • Rohirrim Attack – Jan Pospisil
  • Aragorn Meets the Rohirrim – Venlian
  • Searching for Merry and Pippin – Anke Eissmann
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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.

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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 3 – The Muster of Rohan

Osgiliath

  • Darkness fully covers the sky over Gondor.
  • The Witch-King’s army attacks the western side of Osgiliath.

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Dunharrow

  • Theoden and his riders reach Dunharrow and meet with Eowyn.
  • At dinner, a man enters the tent. He presents the Red Arrow to Theoden. Theoden says he will send six thousand spears to Gondor.

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  • The next day Theoden commands Eomer to call the heralds.
  • Theoden commands Erkenbrand to guard Rohan.
  • Theoden orders Merry to stay behind, despite his protests.
  • Eowyn dresses Merry in armour.

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  • The riders assemble. Theoden bids them to move out. He and Eomer say goodbye to Eowyn and Merry.
  • As the host rides out, a young rider named Dernhelm offers to take Merry with him.

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Minas Tirith

  • Imrahil talks with Gandalf about Denethor and the defence of the city.
  • Beregond and Pippin see the darkness covering the land. In the distance they see Nazgul.
  • Faramir and his men flee Osgiliath, the Nazgul pursue.

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  • Gandalf rides to Faramir’s aid. The Nazgul turn back.
  • As Faramir returns, he is shocked to see Pippin. He tells Gandalf of his encounter with Frodo and the path of Cirith Ungol.

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  • Denethor criticises Faramir’s judgement. Gandalf argues with Denethor about the Ring.
  • The next morning, Denethor gathers his Council. He is unwilling to abandon the defences and sends Faramir to defend the Rammas Echor.

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  • Gandalf warns Faramir not to throw his life away. After counsel with Imrahil and Pippin, Gandalf follows Faramir to the walls.

First Appearances – Hurin of the Keys, Targon

Adapted from chapters ‘The Muster of Rohan’ and ‘The Siege of Gondor’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Ride to Gondor – Abe Papakhian
  • Osgiliath – Nimrowen
  • The Red Arrow – Paula Disante
  • Theoden’s Army on the Road to Dunharrow – Roger Garland
  • Dernhelm – Matthew Stewart
  • Nazgul at the Walls – Ted Nasmith
  • Faramir Tells of Frodo and Sam – Anke Eissmann
  • A Bitter Farewell – Anke Eissmann

Season 10 Episode 4 – The Siege of Gondor

Rammas Echor

  • Gandalf holds back the Easterlings with white fire.
  • The Witch-King drives Gandalf back. Faramir and his men cover Gandalf. He tells Gandalf to return to Minas Tirith.
  • Faramir fights against an Easterling chieftain. He is wounded.

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Stone of Erech

  • Aragorn passes through small settlements of Gondor. The townsfolk hide in terror, naming him ‘King of the Dead’.
  • The company come to the Stone of Erech. Aragorn addresses the Oathbreakers, who swear allegiance.

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  • Aragorn leads them onwards to Pelargir with great speed, the Dead follow.

Minas Tirith

  • Gandalf speaks with Denethor. They come down to the battlements.
  • Beregond and Pippin watch the burning houses in the east.
  • Faramir retreats from the outer wall. Denethor orders Imrahil to lead a sortie to cover them.
  • Gandalf and Imrahil ride out. Faramir is hit by a Southron arrow. Imrahil picks him up and carries him on his horse back to the city.

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  • Imrahil takes Faramir to Denethor. A bed in the Tower is made up for Faramir.
  • Denethor looks into the Palantir. He sees the entire force of the enemy. His will snaps and he goes to sit unspeaking by his son.

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Anorien

  • Scouts report to Theoden that the enemy blocks the road. Theoden and Eomer decide to ride through Druadan Forest.
  • Elfhelm talks to Merry about the wild men of the forest.
  • Eomer brings a wild man, Ghan-Buri-Ghan, to talk with Theoden. Ghan offers to take them through the woods.
  • Dernhelm eats in private, taking care not to show her face.

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Druadan Forest

  • Ghan leads the host through the forest.
  • At the edge of the wood, Eomer comes across two men. One is Hirgon, who has been beheaded.
  • Theoden resumes the ride, leading all calvary at great haste.

Pelargir

  • Corsairs overrun the port.
  • Gondorian reinforcements arrive, led by Aragorn. The small force defeats the corsairs in the streets.

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  • The Oathbreakers drive the corsairs back to the ships. The corsairs, terrified, jump overboard.
  • Aragorn rounds up the defenders of Pelargir. He asks them to accompany him to Minas Tirith. Many thousands volunteer.

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  • Legolas sees the sea for the first time.
  • Aragorn releases the Oathbreakers.

Minas Tirith

  • Great trenches filled with fire surround the city. Catapults fire upon the walls. Siege towers move forward.
  • Ingold reports to Denethor that there has been no news from Rohan. Denethor refuses to leave Faramir, telling his men to follow whom they will.
  • Gandalf and Imrahil take over the defence of the city.
  • The heads of the dead are catapulted into the city. The Nazgul attack from above.

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  • Mumakil tow towers to the walls. The men keep them at bay.
  • The Witch-King calls for Grond. With his cries the ram strikes the gate. On the third strike the gate breaks.

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  • Denethor releases Pippin from his service. He summons his servants to take Faramir to the tombs. Pippin runs to find Gandalf.
  • The Witch-King rides through the gate. All flee but Gandalf. As they prepare to fight, horns blow to the north.

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First Appearances – Gothmog (II), Ghan-Buri-Ghan, Angbor, the King of the Dead

Deaths – Damrod, Anborn, Hirgon

Adapted from chapters ‘The Siege of Gondor’, ‘The Ride of the Rohirrim’ and ‘The Last Debate’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • The Siege of Minas Tirith – John Howe
  • Battle of Osgiliath – Shockbolt
  • Oathbreakers, Why Have Ye Come – Abe Papakhian
  • Last of All He Came – Anke Eissmann
  • Denethor Grieves For His Son – Anke Eissmann
  • The Aid of the Wild Men – Ted Nasmith
  • Angbor of Lamedon – Jan Pospisil
  • Legolas Comes to the Sea – Jef Murray
  • The Siege of Minas Tirith – Jesse Van Dijk
  • The Siege of Minas Tirith – Stephen Hickman
  • Gandalf Facing Witch-King – Angus McBride

Season 10 Episode 5 – The Battle of the Pelennor Fields

Rammas Echor

  • A great west wind blows away the darkness in front of the Rohirrim.
  • Dernhelm breaks rank and moves close to the King. The riders pass through the wall.
  • Theoden looks upon Minas Tirith. He speaks to his riders, issuing commands to Eomer, Grimbold and Elfhelm. He blows the great horn himself.

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Pelennor

  • The Witch-King leaves the gate.
  • The Rohirrim charge into the orc lines. They overrun the northern half of the Pelennor.

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  • Elfhelm drives the orcs and siege engines into the fire pits.
  • The Witch-King mounts a fell-beast, returning to attack the Rohirrim.

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  • The Haradrim lead their cavalry and mumakil against Theoden.
  • Theoden rides through the Haradrim, slaying their chieftain. The Rohirrim force the remainder to retreat.

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Minas Tirith

  • Pippin finds Beregond at the citadel. He tells Beregond of Denethor’s plan, yet Beregond has to break orders to save Faramir.
  • Pippin finds Gandalf. Imrahil takes over defense of the gate. Gandalf rides with Pippin to the tombs.
  • Beregond attacks Denethor, but is set upon by his guards. He slays two.

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  • Gandalf arrives. He takes out the two guards and confronts Denethor. Unable to reason with him, he pushes him aside and takes Faramir from the pyre. He pleads with Denethor to go down to the battle.
  • Denethor breaks his Steward’s staff on his knee and sets himself aflame, dying on the pyre with the Palantir in his hands.

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Pelennor

  • Theoden calls his riders to him. As he does so, the Witch-King attacks him from the air, killing Snowmane. Theoden is crushed by the horse’s body. Dernhelm and Merry are knocked from their horse.
  • Dernhelm stands between the Witch-King and Theoden. She reveals herself as Eowyn.

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  • Eowyn beheads the fell-beast. The Witch-King shatters Eowyn’s shield, but is stabbed by Merry from behind. Eowyn drives her sword between the Witch-King’s helm and armour, killing him. She collapses.

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  • Merry finds Theoden alive. Eomer rides up and Eothain picks up the King’s banner. Theoden hails Eomer as king before he dies.

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  • The Haradrim return with many more horsemen and mumakil. Eomer finds Eowyn on the field. In deep anger he and his men ride towards the mumakil, crying ‘death!’
  • The King’s men bear Theoden and Eowyn off the battlefield.
  • Imrahil leads the remaining strength of the city out of the gates. He finds the King’s men and shows them Eowyn is still alive.
  • Gandalf and Pippin see their hopes fade on the battlefield. Eomer and Imrahil are surrounded and they spot the ships on the Anduin.
  • Eomer prepares for a last stand. But out of the ships comes the standard of Arwen, followed by Aragorn and 4000 men of Gondor.

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  • The three armies fight long, until the forces of Mordor retreat.
  • The river and Pelennor burn red in the night. Aragorn looks over the slain, including Forlong, Dunhere, Hirluin, Grimbold and Halbarad.

Deaths – Theoden, Witch-King, Denethor, Halbarad, Grimbold, Guthlaf, Deorwine, Duilin, Derufin, Forlong, Gothmog, Hirluin, Dunhere, Fastred

Adapted from chapters ‘The Ride of the Rohirrim’, ‘The Battle of the Pelennor Fields’ and ‘The Pyre of Denethor’ of The Lord of the Rings.

Pictures

  • Eowyn’s Stand in the Pelennor Fields – Laurent Alquier
  • The Ride of the Rohirrim – Abe Papakhian
  • The Ride of the Rohirrim – Graham Wyckford
  • Pelennor Fields – Ruizburgos
  • The Black Serpent Founders – Anke Eissmann
  • Beregond – Magali Villeneuve
  • The Pyre of Denethor – Anke Eissmann
  • Eowyn and the Nazgul – Matt Stewart
  • Eowyn and the Witch-King – Alarie
  • Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul – Ted Nasmith
  • Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul – Donato Giancola
  • Merry and Theoden – Francesco Amadio
  • Thus Came Aragorn – Ted Nasmith