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Battle of the Peak
Battleofthepeak
The Battle of the Peak in The Two Towers film
Conflict: War of the Ring
Date: January 25, 3019
Place: Summit of Zirakzigil at Durin's Tower
Outcome: Death of the Balrog (Durin's Bane); Death of Gandalf the Grey; Destruction of Durin's Tower and the Endless Stair
Combatants
Gandalf the Grey† Balrog (Durin's Bane)†
Commanders
Gandalf the Grey Balrog (Durin's Bane)
Strength
One Wizard One Balrog
Casualties
Gandalf the Grey Balrog (Durin's Bane)
War of the Ring

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Battle of the Peak was the climax of the fight between Gandalf the Grey and the Balrog (Durin's Bane) atop Zirakzigil after they ascend the Endless Stair from Moria.

HistoryEdit

After their fight at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, Gandalf and the Balrog both fell into the deep chasm. Gandalf was burned by the Balrog's fire on the way down, then almost froze in the water at the bottom, then pursued his foe for days through dark tunnels, and then all the way up the Endless Stair and to the top of Durin's Tower in the living rock of Zirakzigil, where the two engaged in a two-day long battle at the pinnacle of the Silvertine above the clouds. They fought in a narrow space upon Celebdil, above the mists of the world. The sun shone fiercely, but all below was wrapped in cloud, so that anyone watching from below would think they saw flashes from lightning and heard thunder. A great smoke of vapor and steam rose about them, and ice fell like rain.

There they fought until at last Gandalf threw down his enemy, and the Balrog broke the mountain-side as it fell. Then darkness took Gandalf, and he passed away. The battle had left Durin's Tower in ruins and caused the destruction of the Endless Stair. The entire battle, from the confrontation on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm to the mutual demise of the Balrog and Gandalf, had taken eight days.

Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell.

–Gandalf the White.

Gandalf's body lay on the peak for nineteen days, until he was resurrected by Eru and sent back to Middle-earth alive. For three days he lay in a trance, until he was found by the Winglord Gwaihir and carried to Caras Galadhon in Lothlórien, where he was healed and clothed in white, and thus became Gandalf the White, even more powerful than before.[1][2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, "The White Rider"
  2. The Complete Guide to Middle-earth
  3. The Atlas of Middle-earth pg. 129

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