1 Gandalf Versus Balrog
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
“YOU... SHALL... NOT... PASS!” These four words are to fantasy what “Shaken, not stirred” are to spy thrillers or “You had me at hello” are to romantic comedies. They’re the very bedrock of this often- ridiculed genre, in a scene that could have been ridiculed itself – except who could mock Ian McKellen’s courageous, lung- wrecking performance as he screams at the Balrog? Or who could think the fiery creature doesn’t live up to its descriptions in Tolkien’s book? It’s a monumental creation, and its stand- off with the stubborn old wizard on a precarious walkway in the middle of an Orc- filled, cathedral- like mine should be in the very DNA of every fantasy lover.
“Aren’t you supposed to have boxing gloves and be rubbish at jumping?”