“We swears to serve the master of the Precious. We will swear on… on… the Precious!” - Gollum
True Adventurer at 90,000
Characters: Frodo, Sam, Gandalf the Grey
Battle of the Peak - Another party split, and this time I’m going to separate them. This is Gandalf’s portion where he gives the Balrog the business. Head up the slope and smash the ice around the colored blocks. You’ll want to assemble these blocks using Gandalf’s magic into stairs, or just stack a couple and keep going. Head further up to the tower, then build and smash your way up the steps to the apex.
To defeat the Balrog, avoid his attacks and wait for lightning to begin striking. Stand under the lightning’s focus and press Circle to focus it on the Balrog. You’ll need to hit him three times. First on his wings, then on his chest. That will smite his ruin on the mountainside for sure.
Circular Path - Now to something slightly less epic. Gollum takes the fish out of the nearby basket and runs off. You’ll need to fill that basket with six fish in order to proceed. This is done as follows: 1. Directly in front of you. 2. Is dislodged once Gandalf defeats the Balrog. 3. Head to the right, stand under the glowing line and press Circle so Sam uses his Elven Rope to pull himself up. Smash the scrub, assemble the ladder, and climb up to reach this fish. 4. Head further right. Note the really dark cavern. Walk in with Frodo and he’ll pull out his phial. You can have Sam follow and dig up the fish inside. 5. Head further right. Have Sam plant near the tile floor, then push the pillar to the other end so you can climb up the plant and hop across. Now, if the fish weren’t enough, you have to assemble a fire using three pieces of wood. One is behind the rocks on the left. Another is in the scrub at the foreground, and the last is beneath the scrub to the right. Light the fire and climb up to the fish. 6. Keep going right. Smash a pile of rocks and scrub to find a dig pile, which will have pieces of a rope hook beneath. Assemble them, then climb up to the next ledge. Have Sam plant to create a flower so Frodo can join you on the ledge, then have Frodo go through the crawlspace and into the dark cavern to get the last fish. With that done, keep going right and push the rock off the edge to find that you’re back at the beginning. Throw all your fish into the basket to create a new passage to the back.
Gollum - Gollum is still not quite ready to play ball, yet. The idea is to give fish to him to occupy him, allowing Sam to use his rope on Gollum, and for Frodo to smack him to knock off a heart. That was the easy one. Now you’ll need to find more fish, and the only way to do that is by fishing, but you have no pole.
So, let’s make a pole. First, head into the dark cave on the back wall to find a fishing line. Have Sam dig at the nearby dig pile to find a gold hook for his rope. Attach it to the wall, then pull down the rock to find a fishing hook. Combine the two, then go up the small path on the left and have Sam rope himself up to the scrub at the ledge. Smash it to find the pole. Combine all three, then fish at the dock. Note that this Fishing Pole will now go into your Treasure Trove, meaning you can pull it out later in Middle-earth or during Free Play at any time, with any person. Anyway, once you get your fish, throw it at Gollum again, then do it one more time.
Okay, now you might notice you have another party in the upper-right corner. Yes, that’s Aragorn and co., and you can switch to them whenever you want and do their story missions, or you can continue on with Frodo and Sam. For the purpose of this guide, and because this is how things are ordered in the game, we’re going stay with Frodo and follow Gollum down into…
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