January 13, 3019 TA: The Fellowship of the Ring enters Moria. Frodo is attacked by the Watcher in the Water. Gollum begins trailing the party.
January 15, 3019 TA: Gandalf battles Durin’s Bane; he and the Balrog fall from the Bridge of Khazad-dûm. The Fellowship flees Moria, and reaches the eaves of Lórien.
January 17, 3019 TA: The Fellowship arrives at Caras Galadhon, and meets with Galadriel and Celeborn.
January 25, 3019 TA: Gandalf throws down Durin’s Bane from the peak of Zirakzigil, but is himself slain. His spirit is sent back to complete his work.
This month in Tolkien history:
January 3, 1892: John Ronald Reuel Tolkien born in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State (now Free State Province, part of South Africa) to Arthur Reuel Tolkien, an English bank manager, and his wife Mabel, née Suffield.
January 10, 1959: Frances “Fran” Walsh, Lady Jackson, MNZM born in Wellington, New Zealand. She is the Oscar-winning screenwriter and producer of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and the upcoming The Hobbit adaptations.
January 13, 1977: Orlando Bloom born in Canterbury, Kent, England. He portrayed the elf-prince Legolas Greenleaf in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
January 13, 2009: The Lord of the Rings: Conquest video game released in North America for Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo DS.
January 21, 1889: Edith Mary Tolkien née Bratt is born in Gloucestershire, South West England, United Kingdom. She was the wife of JRR Tolkien and the inspiration for Lúthien Tinúviel.
January 22, 2003: John Francis Reuel Tolkien (b. 1917) dies. Son of JRR Tolkien.
January 28, 1981: Elijah Wood born in in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He portrayed Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.Tags: Arthur Tolkien, balrog, Caras Galadhon, Durin's Bane, Edith Mary Tolkien, Elijah Wood, Fran Walsh, Galadriel, Gollum, John Francis Reuel Tolkien, JRR Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: Conquest, Lothlórien, Mabel Suffield Tolkien, Mabel Tolkien (mother), Orlando Bloom, The Watcher in the Water, Zirakzigil