Balrog seems to have been born again in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
This entity is one of the most memorable monsters from Lord of the Rings, a giant fire demon prowled before the wizard Gandalf as he defiantly roared: “You must not IGNORE!” That’s why the mines in Moria were abandoned, just becoming a black hole beneath the Misty Mountains. When the dwarves built the elaborate underground city of Khazad-dûm mining “too greedy and too deep”, as JRR Tolkien wrote, they unleashed this colossal terror. Then they run away from it.
The latest episode of Rings of Power, set long before those events, has introduced a new “creation myth” to Balrog — as well as an otherworldly explanation for the glowing mithril element that causes the dwarves to join the storm. their exploits frenzy.
“Are you familiar with the Song of the Roots of Hithaeglir,” the High King Gil-Galad asked Elrond. Hithaeglir is from luxury for the Misty Mountains. The younger elf replied that the story was “a baffling legend, considered by most to be a fabrication.”
This is a smart way for people who like to run shows JD Payne and Patrick McKay, as this particular story appears to be entirely invented and does not appear in any of Tolkien’s notes or texts. Referring to it as being able to create the cover of the series with Lord of the Rings purists who might object to any deviation from the professor’s own Middle-earth history.
Elrond goes on to recount the story: “It speaks of an aloft battle between the summits of the Misty Mountains – not for honor or duty, but over a tree in which a number of men are claimed where the last lost Silmarils are hidden.”
Silmarils, for those in need of nourishment, are three otherworldly gems, forged from the light of two mystical trees before creating Middle-earth and eventually becoming the sun and moon. (All of this was referenced in the first volume of the series.)
In Tolkien’s history, one Silmaril became a star in the night sky, another sank into lava to become one with the earth, and the other was thrown into the ocean – binding them to the three wind elements. , land and water.
Rings of Power presents an alternative myth – not necessarily, as Elrond notes, a formal one, but fascinating in its own right. This story concerns one of the Silmarils (probably the one who became part of the earth) hidden in the tree atop this mountain, which became the site of a fierce battle.
“One side fights an elf warrior with a pure heart like Manwë,” said Elrond. (Manwë King of the Valars, basically God – or Zeus.) “He poured all his light into the tree to protect it. On the other side, a Balrog of Morgoth poured all his hatred into the tree to destroy it. In the midst of their never-ending duel, lightning struck the tree, giving their conflict a force…”
“A pure power in the light the better; Gil-Galad concluded.
On the screen, we then see filaments of lightning crashing deep into the rock and down the mountain, leaving the mithril’s ridges.
But what will happen to the elf warrior and his nemesis Balrog? Are they destroyed? Or was the demon also transferred into the rock?
We know for sure that there is a Balrog deep in the Mist Mountains, and that it has been unleashed by dwarves determined to extract every last bit of mithril. They then name the creature “Durin’s Bane”, because it killed their king (In VI, not Durin IV in this show.)
Did the same lightning that forged mithril of precious metal also buried Balrog deep in the rock?
Probably. Then again, maybe it To be After all, it’s all apocryphal.