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   Gimli stared with wide eyes. `Durin’s Bane! ’ he cried, and letting his axe fall he covered his face.
   ’A Balrog,’ muttered Gandalf. […] ’
   The dark figure streaming with fire raced towards them. […] 

   The Balrog reached the bridge. Gandalf stood in the middle of the span, leaning on the staff in his left hand, but in his other hand Glamdring gleamed, cold and white. His enemy halted again, facing him, and the shadow about it reached out like two vast wings. It raised the whip, and the thongs whined and cracked. Fire came from its nostrils. But Gandalf stood firm.

   `You cannot pass,’ he said. The orcs stood still, and a dead silence fell. `I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.’

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middle-earth meme: eight characters (2/8) ➝ faramir, captain of the rangers of ithilien

Here was one with an air of high nobility such as Aragorn at times revealed, less high perhaps, yet also less incalculable and remote: one of the Kings of Men born into a later time, but touched with the wisdom and sadness of the Eldar Race. He was a captain that men would follow, that he would follow, even under the shadow of the black wings.