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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What magical powers do balrogs have?

J. R. R. Tolkien wrote: For of the Maiar many were drawn to his splendour in the days of his greatness, and remained in that allegiance down into his darkness; and others he corrupted afterwards to ...
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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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Why didn't the Fellowship help Gandalf when he faced the Balrog?

During the events of the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, the Fellowship witness Gandalf facing the Balrog. When Gandalf falls, he's still hanging on the cliff. And when Frodo cries out to Gandalf, Boromir ...
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Can a Balrog Be Killed By Water Immersion? Is It Oxygen Dependent?

As a Balrog is composed of both flame and shadow, would water immersion kill a Balrog, or would the shadow aspect of its make-up keep it alive no matter how long it was immersed in water? Is the ...
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What did Gandalf mean when he told the Balrog to “go back to the Shadow”?

During the speech Gandalf gives when he confronts the Balrog he instructs the Balrog to "go back to the Shadow!". "You cannot pass," he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. "I am a ...
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Why were Sauron and Saruman not considered Balrogs?

Balrogs are Maiar who were corrupted by Melkor to become evil. Sauron was also a Maia who was corrupted by Melkor and became evil, and Saruman was a Maia who was corrupted by Sauron to become evil. ...
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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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Was the Balrog of Moria aware of the presence of the One Ring during the events of Khazad-dûm?

I recall that evil creatures like Nazgûl can sense the presence of the Ring. At any rate, the Ring having a will of its own should be "calling" to the Balrog, who being a fallen Maia can make use of ...
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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, ...
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Balrog of Moria vs. Smaug the Dragon [closed]

My son asked me this very tricky question and I'd be interested to hear opinions: Who would win in a fight between the Balrog from Moria and Smaug the dragon? Things to consider; Smaug, despite being ...