Study Guide

The Two Towers Scene 1

Scene 1

Scene 1

  • Gandalf stands on the bridge of Khazad-dûm and delivers his famous line, "You shall not pass!"
  • The Balrog breaks the bridge under its weight but its whip catches Gandalf's leg as it falls, dragging him down.
  • The fellowship watches in horror.
  • We've seen this all before, but not what follows.
  • Gandalf grabs his sword as it falls through the air and speeds his way toward the Balrog.
  • He latches on to it and begins stabbing it with his blade. The Balrog doesn't like that, and he fights back.
  • This last for some time and we start to wonder if this is a bottomless pit.
  • Finally, the crevice opens to a vast cavern with a watery bottom. Still locked in combat, the two Maiar plunge into the underground lake and…

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