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The Fellowship of the Ring Scene 26

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Scene 26

Scene 26

  • Before they reach the bridge, they are surrounded in the great hall of Dwarrowdelf by an entire horde of orcs.
  • But behind them they hear a roar and see a glowing light. The orcs become frightened and scatter.
  • Gandalf says that the creature approaching them is a Balrog, an ancient demon that is too great for them.
  • They continue running for the bridge and, after some close calls with crumbling stairways and orc arrows, they make it to the bridge of Khazad-dum with the Balrog hot (very hot) in pursuit.
  • Gandalf is the last to cross the bridge and pauses at its center to confront the Balrog. They clash in a struggle of magic and fire until the bridge crumbles under the Balrog's weight.
  • But as it falls, its whip catches Gandalf and pulls him down into the depths with him.
  • Gandalf's last words are, "Fly, you fools."

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