TIME January 25th
Today in Middle-earth.
January 25, 3019 (S.R. 1419)
(from the appendices)
[As the remaining Fellowship rests in Lothlórien] Gandalf casts the Balrog from the mountain, but passes away afterwards. His body lies on the peak.
...... "'There upon Celebdil was a lonely window in the snow and before it lay a narrow space, a dizzy eyrie above the mists of the world. The sun shone fiercely there, but all below was wrapped in cloud. Out he sprang, and even as I came behind, he burst into new flame. There was none to see, or perhaps in after ages songs would still be sung of the Battle of the Peak.' Suddenly Gandalf laughed. 'But what would they say in song? Those that looked up from afar thought that the mountain was crowned with storm. Thunder they heard, and lightening, they said, smote upon Celebdil, and leaped back broken into tongues of fire. Is not that enough? A great smoke rose about us, vapour and steam. Ice fell like rain. I threw down my enemy, and he fell from the high place and broke the mountain-side where he smote it in his ruin. Then darkness took me, and I strayed out of thought and time, and I wandered far on roads that I will not tell...'"
[Gandalf does not return to "life" for 20 days. This part of the story continues on February 14.]