An Epic LOTR Post
The Fall of Gandalf
Shifty: It’s hard to pick out the most iconic scene in the entire trilogy but one that is right up there and continually used in montages is the fight between Gandalf and the Balrog. It offers us that epic “You shall not pass!” line as well as some brilliant imagery that sticks with us after we leave the theater. Gandalf going one on one with the Balrog would be enough to get on any list, but it’s also the repercussions and ultimate fall of our hero that puts this scene up there. Gandalf gives his life to defend the rest of the fellowship and the scenes of the group mourning his death afterwards mirror how much they cared for their friend. This is also the moment that Aragorn seized control of the group and took one step closer to fulfilling his destiny.
Jamie: Gandaf’s epic throw down with the Balrog was the pinnacle of fantasy action in The Fellowship of the Ring. Everything had built up to this point: the group’s dynamic was tight and Gandalf was cemented as the strong, dependable leader. When he fell in the mines of Moira, everything we knew up until then was thrown out the window. The glue that held the fellowship together was gone and now Aragorn must step up to pick up the pieces. Besides the symbolism and plot devices this scene offers, it was purely badass all around.
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