34. 31 - Balrogs
Balrogs of Morgoth
Standing 14 metres tall when up right, they tower even in the greatest of halls of Moria.
These demons of the ancient world are creatures that even the dragons of the north fear, despite the fact they are in an alliance with one another. Morgoth, the first Dark Lord and master of Sauron himself, corrupted some of the spirits of Maiar and they morphed into the terrifying demons we know today as the Balrogs. During the First Age, they were the most feared of Morgoth's forces, and caused great destruction like at the Battle of Unnumbered Tears or the Fall of Gondolin. However, during the end of the First Age in the War of Wrath, most of the Balrogs were slain. But one lived, fleeing to the Misty Mountains to which it lived for thousands of years. This Balrog will be known as Durin's Bane.
After Morgoth's defeat during the War of Wrath, a lone Balrog fled to the Misty Mountains and lay dormant in its roots for over five thousand years, undisturbed throughout the Second Age and most of the Third Age. But when the Dwarves of Durin VI mined too greedily in Khazad-dûm for mithril, they awoke the horror and the Balrog slew King Durin, taking on its name as Durin's Bane. The Dwarves tried to fight back with all of their forces amassing onto the fiery giant, but to no avail with only a crushing defeat. For 500 years, Durin's Bane had the great halls of Moria all to itself, slumbering in the dark. But after another attempt to recolonise Moria by Balin, it ended in another defeat, but this time with Balin falling to the sheer mass of orcs and goblins, rather than the fierce demon; and the Durin's Bane was no where to be seen.
Roughly 30 years later in 3019, the Fellowship of the Ring tried to pass through Moria without encountering Durin's Bane for a long while. But however, at the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, Gandalf, a Maiar himself, challenged it. He managed to entrap it in the Dark Abyss, but only to fall with it. After several days of pursuit, and a long fought battle between the two powerful beings, finally Gandalf managed to slay it once and for all. However, nothing is know of the spirit of Durin's Bane, or if it was the last of its kind with other Balrogs probably hiding in forgotten places of the world.
Weapons and Powers:
Weapons can be from a sword, to a whip, to an axe, completely comprised of fire.
Powers are that it can ignite its entire body in flame, bumping up its exaggeration of heat to make it harder to even get close to it without being totally engulfed in flames. It also has the ability to conjure fire at will, making even rocks catch aflame.
How to Kill:
Although it is not easy, it is possible to be accomplished. A strike to the chest will usually bring this foe down, as Gandalf did twice, the second time being with his sword of smite. However, never once has anyone slain a Balrog without falling themselves. Although Gandalf lived to tell the tale, it was only because he was sent back until his "task" was done.
One has been warned. Go after a Balrog you may, if you think you can do it, but do not expect to come out to tell the tale.
- Aldrin Shadownight