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The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
Towards the middle of this epic tale, Gandalf the wizard confronts a beast called the Balrog. Their battle sees them both fall off a bridge and into a deep chasm in the heart of the mountain. Eventually Gandalf is triumphant but is mortally wounded. Gandalf later reappears, resurrected, and Tolkien writes, “His hair was white as snow in the sunshine; and gleaming white was his robe; the eyes under his deep brows were bright, piercing as the rays of the sun; power was in his hand.”

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