Contemporary off his discovery in a previous episode that the dwarves of Khazad-dûm have found invaluable portions of mithril, Elrond (Robert Aramayo) is compelled to resolve between upholding the oath of secrecy he swore to his buddy Prince Durin (Owain Arthur) and his duty to his individuals, who will not survive lengthy with out the light-giving properties of the valuable ore. Whereas internally struggling over this conundrum, Excessive King Gil-Galad (Benjamin Walker) prompts younger Elrond to recollect a legend of outdated that he refers to as “The Music of the Roots of Hithaeglir.” Hesitantly, Elrond recounts the “obscure legend regarded by most to be apocryphal” that concerned an elf warrior with a pure coronary heart guarding a tree that comprises the final Silmaril towards the hatred and darkness of a ravenous balrog. When lightning strikes the tree, the tip result’s the creation of mithril, imbued with the sunshine of the Silmaril.
Though this may increasingly look like traditional, unfiltered Tolkien to the informal viewer, some could also be shocked to study that none of this was ever conceived by the fantasy writer within the first place.
No battle between elf and balrog exists in Tolkien’s writings as described right here, although it definitely evokes some memorable duels over the centuries. Most famously, followers will recall the wizard Gandalf taking up a balrog in the same location after he fell within the Mines of Moria in “The Fellowship of the Ring.” However in “The E book of Misplaced Tales,” Tolkien chronicles one other elf combating off a balrog below very completely different circumstances: The warrior Glorfindel made historical past for standing towards the fearsome foe, although at the price of his life (don’t be concerned, he acquired higher!) and no mithril was ever concerned.