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Of all Melkor's Creatures, only Dragons were greater in power.
— David Day, Guide to Tolkien's World: A Bestiary

Balrogs, also known as the Valaraukar (singular Valarauko, Quenya for "Demon of Power"), are a species of demon from J.R.R Tolkien's legendarium. They are Maiar of fire who were corrupted and seduced by Morgoth into serving him.

After the War for Sake of the Elves, the Balrogs were driven from Utumno and fled to the pits of Angband, where they hibernated. During the Years of the Trees, the Balrogs were roused from the slumber by Morgoth during his battle with Ungoliant and aided their master in driving the primordial away from Angband.

During the War of the Jewels, the Balrogs acted as Morgoth's greatest enforcers. They destroyed entire fortresses, slayed the Fëanor, took Maedhros and Húrin as their prisoners, and layed waste to Gondolin. However, their efforts were not enough to secure a victory for Morgoth as the Silmarils were lost by the Elves and the Lord of Balrogs, Gothmog, was slain. During the War of Wrath, most Balrogs were destroyed, with the few survivors fleeing to the depths of Middle-earth.

Balorgs would not be seen by the races of Middle-earth until the Thrid Age when the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm woke one up when they dug too deep in the search for mithril. The Balrog pushed the Dwarves out of their underground kingdom and slew their king, Durin VI. Hence forth, the Balrog became known as Durin's Bane. During the War of the Ring, the Fellowship of the Ring was forced to treck through Khazad-dûm and encountered Durin's Bane. Ordering the Fellowship to flee, Gandalf battled the Balrog and slew it at the cost of his own life.

Battle vs. Behemoth (God's Demon) (by GSFB)[]

On the tarry plains outside the Hellish city of Adamantinarx, A Great Black Behemoth walks. Ridden by a sniveling, connivying Demon Minor, the Behemoth suddenly recalls strange memories of a life it once had but could not either fully remember or understand, a life involving cold steppes and warfare on horseback, firing arrows and howling in some forgotten central Asian dialect. The monster humed, looking out for signs of enemy troops from the enemy city of Dis.

Meanwhile, behind a large jagged rock, a Maiar spirit, a Balrog, listens, observing its new realm. It had been only days ago that the Wizard Gandalf had defeated him in battle, using a curse that sent him here, to a realm totally alien. This was an odd, miserable land, which had a stench that the beast compared to the great halls of Morgoth, back when Middle Earth suffered an age of darkness.

As it listened, it sniffed, smelling the Behemoth, and its mahout. Curious, the giant demon left the shelter of the rock, and saw the giant, monstrous soul, and the smaller demon on top. The beast and its rider froze.

"Well well, it seems the warriors of Dis, the soldiers of Beelzebub, can grow mightily large indeed!" The Demon mahout said, smiling with mischevious glee. The monster bellowed, kicking up tar dust. The Balrog in answer generated highly intense flames from its hide, and generated a fiery sword.

"Well, like I haven't seen that trick before!" the Demin Minor snorted,

"And a bad one too; Hell's prisoners don't burn so easily, giant!"

The Balrog, cursing the demon in primeval Maiar tongue, charged towards the Behemoth. The Monster, edged on by the mahout, likewise charged, readying its massive bone hammers.

The Balrog studied its opponent; its huge dual hammers, its four massive legs, its great jaw, its horns, and the tiny rider on it. He figured he could take the small demon with ease, but the Behemoth would be a hard opponent to fight from the front; had to hit it from behind, or above.

Roaring with a volcanic throat, the Balrog leaped up just as the hammers of the Behemoth came down, striking the soil. The Balrog struck the brute on the head, cutting off several horns and slashing the forehead. Blood began to flow on the Behemoth's face, stinging the eyes. The Balrog then tried to strike the mahout as well, but the Demon Minor hid behind a shield, a weapon that the demon used during the war in Heaven. Flying upwards, the Balrog turned, and set its burning eyes down on the monster. While the Behemoth looked around for its enemy, the Demon minor looked up and glared. This was a flier, the mahout thought. As the Balrog prepared a dive attack, the demon minor generatd a pale green and white glyph between his hands, and then sent up upwards into the eyes of the Balrog. The Balrog roared in pain, the glyph dissentegrating into blue sparks. The demon minor then pulled out his arrows, lighted them on fire at the ends with his powers, and fired a volley at the flying demon. Surprisingly, the fires of the arrows burned even the Balrog, but the burning made it intensely angry, and it flew down at a speed of 200 mph. Before the Demon minor could jump off his beast the Balrog colloided with the Behemoth, striking its back and sending its sword through the demon minor and partly into the soul beast. The Behemoth roared, wide eyed with fear and pain as the Balrog generated his fiery whip and slash the monster repeatedly, wrapping the whip around its midsection at one time. The sword struck the neck of the Behemoth as the monster kicked and eventually bucked the Balrog off, sending it a thousand yards away into a pile of Obsidian rocks.

Turning around, the Behemoth saw its enemy in the distance, and was about to turn away and flee to the safety of Adamantinarx when it regained more memories of its former life: Seeing cities fall, felling hordes of Russian troops on their own turf during the winter, pillaging parts of central Asia, and speaking eye to eye with several of what must have been three hundred wives or so. It also remembered the fury, the quick anger, the barbarian way of revenge and retribution. It was not going to stand for this type of insult, this type of attack, this petty strike in the back by a demon, no matter how powerful or of what rank. Glaring, the Behemoth charged, shaking the hellish earth.

The Balrog, shaking its head from the impact of the fall, slowly recovered, rising up. Its wings were busted by the fall, as well as a kick the monster had given it as it was thrown up; they would not work, not for a while. It felt itself, sensing that its current form could not contain its Maiar spirit if it took more damage. The great beast was strong, very strong. Its kind could have been useful in the wars against the elves and the Valar, it thought. So odd, indeed, that such beings could be so strong, since, as he already sensed using his powers, that the beast was a human spirit, long departed from its earthly flesh.

It felt the earth trembling. Turning quickly, it saw the Behemoth charging, almost upon him. The creature was faster than it had thought. Nervous, yet incensed, the Balrog generated his sword and whip again,one in each hand, and waited for the monster to arrive. The Behemoth readied its bone hammers and its neck, ready to strike out.

As the two Titans collided, somewhere in the distance, an Abyssal moaned.

The Behemoth's face was wrapped in the fiery whip, the sword penetrating an eye, severing a cheek and slicing into the shoulder. At the same time, the Balrog was impald by the brute's chin blade, penetrating the fiery form with ease. The Balrog roared in pain and fright, and as it was raised by the head of the Behemoth it cursed the soul and fired red lightning and demonic magic onto it. The Behemoth shook, its mind on fire, its muscles near collapsing. But it remained standing, and with both hammers at the same time it struck the Balrog in the head, flattening it like a pancake. The Balrog's body went black instantly, no flame to be seen. Shaking its head, the Behemoth retracted its neck, using its mallets to shove the body off of its chin blade.

Putting one of its huge feet on the Balrog, crushing its midsection, the Behemoth yelled in its former East Asian tongue.

"For Sargatanas, Ruler of Adamantinarx!!!"


Expert's Opinoin[]


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Battle vs. Urthemiel (by GreenBeret69)[]

In Orzammar in Fereldan the dwarves have brought back and unleashed the deadly Balrog of Moria and hope that it will deal with the Darkspawn once and for all. Meanwhile the next Archdemon is preparing its Darkspawn to attack Fereldan and with the armies gon attacking Middle-Earth it is a perfect time. However soon a darkspawn emissary runs to the Archdemon and tells it that a creature covered in flames is killing the Darkspawn and their is nothing that can kill it. So the Archdemon roars in anger and lies of to meet the Balrog. Meanwhile the Balrog has entred a forgotten Dwarven city and is exploring the city and then hears a roar and looks up to see the Archdemon. The Archdemon lands on a roof and roars at the Balrog and the Balrog jumps and flaps its wings and lands closer to the Archdemon and breaths fire but the Archdemon uses its own fire breathing and the two get into a deadlock. The Archdemon then stops and flies upwards with the Balrog looking up and following the Archdemon with its eyes and then the Archdemon Buffets the Balrog with no effect with the Balrog just blocking it with its arms. The Balrog draws its Fire Sword and swings at the Archdemon who just flies higher and then does a Massive Attack knocking the Balrog on its back but the Balrog just gets back up and roars at the Archdemon intimidating it. The Archdemon flies over the Balrog and fires its Corruption Blast but the Balrog barley moves out of the way and breaths fire but the Archdemon keeps out of its range and fires its Spirit Smite hitting the Balrog and knocking it back. The Balrog moves in for a closer look but before the Archdemon can react The Balrog uses its Fiery Whip and is able to grab The Archdemons leg and pulls it down towards it. The Balrog then takes out its Fire Sword and as the Archdemon recovers the Balrog decapitates the Archdemon. The Balrog then sees a small light fly out and fly out of the city and The Balrog roars in victory.


A Darkspawn Emissary is wondering through the Deep Roads and then sees the spirit of the Archdemon and the Archdemon enters the Emissaries body and the Archdemon is reborn and roars.

Expert's Opinion[]

This was a close matchup but in the end The Balrog just had the better powers being able to make weapons out of fire and while The Archdemon dominated the Air when it came to ground battle The Balrog just had the better advantage.

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Battle vs. Red Queen Mother (by Sir William Of Chalitton)[]

The Laketown

Sauron has planned to destroy the Laketown of the humans. He sent a Balrog to destroy the Laketown first then Sauron shall see the spoils of the raid. The Balrog was sent to the Laketown.


The Balrog was surprised to see what happened to the town. He saw weird looking eggs, the people there had their chests been bursted apart. The Balrog remembered that Sauron was sending a group of Olog Hais there and saw the same thing. Black creatures with ferocious nature. Then a shadow goes through. The Balrog quickly stomped it. And he saw the creature once the Ologs had seen. But in red color. The Balrog felt a pain in the leg, it has acid on it.

Later, the Balrog hears a roar. A roar that is so pitched that even the Olog's roar is lower. The Balrog then flies to the source of the roar. But when flying, a creature bit Balrog's stomache.

The Red Queen Mother

The Red Queen Mother managed to get the Balrog down and roars at it. The Balrog recovers and sees the threat. The Balrog remains unfazed by the roar. The Balrog prepares his Fire Axe and strikes at the Queen Mother's head but the Queen Mother evades the attack and bites the axe. The Axe was harming the mouth but it doesn't kill the Queen Mother. And she throws the Balrog away, very far away until the ruins of Dale.

The Balrog falls into the Dale city ruins. The Balrog was amazed by what the threat really does. Suddenly the Queen Mother jumps to the ruins. Roaring again to the Balrog. The Balrog prepares the Fire Mace and both of them circles. The Queen Mother charges at the Balrog and the Balrog strikes the Queen's head with the mace. The mace did harm the RQM and it burns but the burn is nothing. The Queen Mother stabs the Balrog with the Tail. The Balrog is knocked back. The Balrog roars in rage and takes off his Fire sword. The Queen then prepares her mouth while the Balrog charges at the Queen Mother. The RQM then spits acid right into the Balrog's face. It harms the Balrog's face and blinds it temporarily. The RQM strikes the Balrog with her claws. But the flame body of Balrog burns the RQM's hand. The RQM roars in pain while the Balrog recovers. Then the Balrog cuts down the hand of the RQM with the sword. Suddenly a stream of acid blasted to the Balrog's chest. The Balrog screams in pain. The Queen headbutts the Balrog and stabs the Balrog once more time in the chest. The Balrog feels a great pain in the chest. The Balrog then prepares the fire whip and the RQM spits another acid and hits the leg of the Balrog. The Balrog then swings the whip randomly to every direction. And slices the Queen Mother's chest. Acidic blood bursts again and hits Balrog. The Balrog tries to ignore it but it still harms him hardly. The Balrog swings it once more but it missed and the Queen Mother punches the Balrog. The Balrog falls down and the Queen was dropping on the Balrog and tries to bite him with the Teeth. The Balrog holds the Queen Mother in place, thinking that she will not reach him. But then the secondary mouth appeared and prepares to spit acid to the Balrog. The Balrog was running out of weapons. But only one left. The Balrog then snorts fire at the Queen Mother's secondary mouth and inner body, burning the Queen Mother from the inside. The Red Queen Mother then roars loud in pain and finally died due to the fire.

Then the Balrog yells in victory while the acidic blood still harms him.

Winner: Balrog

Expert's Opinoin[]


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The battle was declared invalid for buffing the balrogs, giving them the ability to attack with their wings and preform "fire snorts".