Durins' Bane, The Balrog of Moria.

Metaphor of monsters


The Dwarves of Moria mined too deep and awoke the Balrog. During the War of the Ring, The fellowship of the ring happened upon Moria. However, they were greeted by the Balrog deep within the mines. It pursued them to The bridge of Khazad-Dùm where Gandalf The Grey stood and fought the Balrog so the Fellowship could escape Moria. However, Gandalf was felled and they had to continue without him.

What The Balrog represents

Within the Series, one can intemperate themes of Christianity; The fight between Durins' Bane and Gandalf The Grey is a prime example. While The Balrog symbolizes Satan, Gandalf is Christ. During the fight with the Balrog, Gandalf is taken by the ankle by the Balrogs' whip. Him being dragged into darkness symbolizes Christs' battle against Satan. When Gandalf The Grey casts down the Balrog he is mortally wounded. Later he returns as Gandalf The white, representing Christs' Resurrection.
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Origins: The Balrog, An Analysis.

Before the Awakening of the Elves, there was a people known as the Maiar. Among them were Gandalf (Olorin), Saruman (Curunir), The blue wizards, The lords and Queens of Valar, and their enemy Morgoth (melkor). The lesser Maiar were once beings of angelic nature, however, Melkor seduced them and turned them into beasts of fire and shadow.

MLA Citations

"Balrogs." Balrogs - Tolkien Gateway. Tolkien Gateway, n.d. Web. 12 May 2016.

"Durin’s Bane." Encyclopedia of Arda. N.p., 9 Aug. 1998. Web. 21 May 2016.

Jarrod1240 "The Lord of The Rings and Christian Symbolism." LetterPile. Hubpages, 1 Jan. 2011. Web 12 May 2016

Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. London: HarperCollins, 2001. Print.