What Did A Balrog Look Like?
From: Erik Tracy
A Balrog possibly was of man-shape, although much larger. It had a mane that could be
wreathed in flame and it could surround itself with darkness. The best description of a Balrog
is given in the chapter "The Bridge of Khazad-dûm":
"Something was coming up behind them. What it was could not be seen: it was like a great shadow,
in the middle of which was a dark form, of man-shape maybe, yet greater; and a power and terror
seemed to be in it and go before it...Its streaming mane kindled and blazed behind it. In its
right hand was a blade like a stabbing tongue of fire; in its left it held a whip of many
thongs....His enemy halted again, facing him, and the shadows about it reached out like two vast
wings. It raised the whip, and the thongs whined and cracked. Fire came from its nostrils."
(Fellowship of the Ring)
Fear of the Middle-earth, deamons of fire, servants of Melkor... Find out all about Balrogs on this page.
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