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Questions tagged [balrogs]

An evil creature of shadow and flame, invented by J.R.R. Tolkien. Primarily seen in The Silmarillion, but one also appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. Use this tag with the [tolkiens-legendarium] tag.

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After Gandalf kills the Balrog of Moria, do any more Balrogs remain in Middle-earth?

Is any reference made anywhere in Tolkien's novels about the number of Balrogs in existence after the demise of the Balrog of Moria? Since Balrogs are described as powerful magical entities that even ...
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Do Balrogs Have Wings?

Apparently there is controversy over whether a Balrog has wings, either literal or figurative. Do Balrogs have working, usable wings? NOTE: I prefer an answer based on LOTR canon, meaning the books ...
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Was Gandalf “meant” to confront the Balrog?

We know Frodo was meant to have the Ring, but did Tolkien ever discuss Gandalf traveling through Moria and having his confrontation with the Balrog? We know he initially pushed the Fellowship to go ...
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Why was the Balrog unconcerned with the fate of Middle Earth?

In an answer to the recent question Why was Gandalf Afraid of the Balrog of Morgoth?, it was stated that A Balrog is a terror of the First Age. And something that was a threat in the First Age ...
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What would have happened if the Balrog had defeated Gandalf? [closed]

The Balrog from The Lord of the Rings which Gandalf fights in Moria actually does leave Moria and is killed by Gandalf at the summit of Zirakzigil. The Balrogs were fearsome opponents in the War of ...
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Did Balrogs have their own language?

As seen in the movie, Durin's Bane made rather unpleasant and irritated growls and roars when awoken. During the early stages of the world when the Balrogs weren't in hiding, did they have their own ...
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How tall was the Balrog of Moria?

I've read the relevant passages in the books but can't get a handle on just how tall Balrogs are meant to be. Specifically, how tall is the Balrog that Gandalf faces in Moria? The closest grasp I ...
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When does Gandalf learn the nature of Durin’s Bane?

Durin's Bane, the Balrog of Moria, was unearthed at some time in the Third Age. Shortly afterwards, the city was abandoned, and no one with any sense came that way again for a long time. As stated ...
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How could Gandalf beat the Balrog?

Both were Maiar: one with highly capped powers, sent to help people against Sauron but only indirectly, and one persuaded and formed into a war and fear bringing monster by one of the most powerful ...
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Balrogs: Valar, Maiar or Spirits?

I encountered the following bit, regarding Balrogs, in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien: Letter 144: The Balrogs, of whom the whips were the chief weapons, were primeval spirits of destroying fire, ...