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The Mini-Balrog is a character who appears in LEGO The Lord of the Rings: The Video Game.
The Balrog was an ancient fiery creature that was one of Morgoth's best soldiers. He was a Maia that had turned evil and decided to follow Morgoth. He was awoken by the Dwarves when they mined too deep under Middle-earth, and then was awoken again when the Fellowship of the Ring entered the Mines of Moria many years later. It chased them towards the bridge of Khazad-Dum, a narrow walkway over an extremely deep chasm. The Fellowship reached the other side except Gandalf the Grey, who stood his ground against the Balrog in order to buy the others time. Gandalf smashed the bridge with his staff and the Balrog fell into the chasm, but Gandalf's ankle was caught on its fiery whip. As a result they both fell, but they both continued fighting and Gandalf eventually killed the Balrog, throwing its corpse off the mountain. With all his life force used up, Gandalf died, but was sent back to Middle-earth as Gandalf the White.
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