I would prefer to avoid accidental or humorous deaths when it comes to the balrogs, but I do think that working in the idea of falling is rather clever there.
PJ already had someone flattened by a falling dragon, so maybe this would come off as more humorous than desired.Perhaps a balrog is flattened by Ancalagon when he falls?
Or Fry could do a cameo as a dragon and fall on someone?PJ already had someone flattened by a falling dragon, so maybe this would come off as more humorous than desired.
The idea of having Stephen Fry turn up for a cameo is attractive: maybe he could do Balrog voices?
I can agree with this all. It would also potentially be an unfortunate implication if the only pre-Balrog to defect from evil is also the only female one...I would like some of the pre-fallen Balrogs around Melkor in Season 1 to be female, in addition to Airen, who is still with them then. And so some of those who go off the destroy the lamps are female, but after that act (again, I think this was suggested earlier) all such distinctions become lost, at least visually. I'm sort of partial to the idea that the Balrogs looks interchangeable, except for Gothmog, after their fall.
Agreed Haerangil. It would be weird if the only female baddies are in Sauron's employ (Shelob and Thuringwethil). That could be taken as a statement about Morgoth we don't really mean. I think he's got enough bad-guy traits we don't need to throw in sexist to make him unlikable.
Though when they set themselves aflame, let’s not steer too close to Hades...Well, i think they only set themselves aflame when they ae really angry, so usually they shopuld have thar shadowy aura of "unlight" about them...
but I think there are ways to have this effect and still sometimes make more facial features visible.
Black Speech doesn’t originate until the Second Age.Balrogs.
Other than Gothmog, maybe the rest of them don't use (maybe even don't remember?) their old names, and are only called by number, in black speech (or whatever language exists) denoting their rank in the hierarchy.