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Year 3019 – The Lord of the Rings

January 23

  • Gandalf pursues the Balrog to the peak of Zirak-zigil

From the lowest dungeon to the highest peak it climbed, ascending in unbroken spiral in many thousand steps, until it issued at last in Durin’s Tower carved in the living rock of Zirak-zigil, the pinnacle of the Silvertine.

[The Two Towers, Book 3, Chapter 5: The White Rider]

January 25

  • Gandalf casts down the Balrog, and passes away
  • His body lies on the peak
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