Oh, are we still running away? Yes. Yes we are.
After a while Gimli can see a faint red light ahead. It gets brighter as the Fellowship approaches a large archway. Gandalf scouts ahead, and waves them into another hall. They find themselves towards the eastern end of a long hall, and a crack in the ground to the west is aflame. That was likely supposed to trap them if they had come the main way. From that direction, the orcs are heard, still in pursuit.
Gandalf makes the connection – this fire was set in hopes of cutting off their escape. However, the way things worked out, it looks like it will be the orcs that find themselves stuck on the other side of the line of flames.
-the Second Hall: Where we are! And the fact that it’s the second hall tells you that it’s close to the gates.
-Old Moria: The oldest part of Moria. That’s pretty self-explanatory…
-the First Hall: That should also be self-explanatory. Right next to the gates.
Okay, but wait. Here’s the one problem I have with the logic of the orcs: why did they think that the escaping group would be trapped by the fire? Gandalf overheard them discussing this through the door back at the Chamber of Mazarbul, when they were already forced to take their current route. Naturally, they ended up on the eastern side of the fire. There was no other way it could have happened…
On second thought, why would orcs be smart enough to figure that out? Being generally unintelligent is their thing.
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Moving on, I want to bring up an interesting line re-appropriation from the book to the movie. In the movie, Boromir asks, “What is this new devilry?” as the balrog approaches.
In the book, Gandalf says, “There is some new devilry here,” but he’s referring to the fissure and accompanying wall of fire. Clearly, some writer really liked the line “new devilry”, but they weren’t planning on making some wall of fire important. Balrog? Much more important. Coming soon.
And in Gandalf’s estimation, they’re a quarter of a mile or so away from freedom. So close…
“Doom, doom: the pillars seemed to tremble and the flames to quiver.”