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Title  Balrog
Author  Yariv
Submitted / Updated  09-07-2002 / 10-12-2002
Category  Creatures
Expansions  NWN - 1.29 or lower
An updated Balrog model, based on Tolkien's books. I edited the Balor's model and texture files to make the Balrog. To add Balrogs to a module, unzip the .hak file into the hak folder and associate it with the module. The Balrog appearance and portrait will be avalible in the creature properties screen.

The Balrog has a new skin now, its burning mane is a little less bright and more yellow, and its nostrils glow. It also works now with the version 1.25 2da changes.


Submitted: 09-07-2002 / Last Updated: 10-12-2002
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Posted by Q-Necron at 2010-08-23 07:38:24    Voted 9.00 on 08/23/10
This needs to be in the HoF...

Posted by Izk The Mad at 2009-05-28 08:37:53    Voted 10.00 on 05/28/09
Over 7000 downloads, and only 4 votes? For shame!

I've been using this via CEP for a while, and after using the texture as part of a Balor reskin recently, I thought I should find out who the original creator was so I could give credit, and thank them with a vote. Yariv, if you're still around, thanks for this splendid model.
Silent Hill-ish Hak | Skybox Experiments | Creature/NPC Reskins Vol 1 | Works In Progress

Posted by DragonBlood87 at 2006-08-23 15:07:18    Voted 10.00 on 08/23/06
Awesome work.
If at first you don't succeed, then skydiving is not for you.

Posted by SpiderMcFly at 2005-06-01 11:36:12    Voted 10.00 on 06/01/05
Simply perfect - the best reskin to date.

Posted by Dradjeel at 2004-02-20 10:35:41    Voted 9.00 on 02/20/04
Overall: 9   Usefulness: 8   Value for Size 10   Ease of Use 9   Quality Control 10   

The Power Almighty rests in this Lone Ring.
The Power, alrighty, for Doing Your Own Thing.

Posted by Old_Scores_Transfered at 2004-02-20 10:04:16    Voted 8.70 on 02/20/04
This is a compilation of the old system into a single score. There were 27 that made this score of 8.70.

Posted by DragonSlayer ( ) at 2003-12-18 09:08:00    
When I downloaded this I expected something almost identical to the Balor appearance which comes with the game. I was amazed. (It is very powerful as well - I know, I've fought one!

Posted by Methodeus ( ) at 2003-09-16 11:12:00    
Yariv, first off I would like to say that this has got to be one of the best adptations of any book to game models that I have ever seen. After playing with the hak file and really appreciating the quality of the work you've done to alter the appearance of the Balor Outsider, I decided that this model need a supurb commentary for NWN editor development.

So, here it is. An excert on everything
the Balrog is and where his origins lye.

This would be the perfect information to apply to the charactor commentary section when working with this hak and using the Balrog in a module.

The Balrogs were corrupted Maiar who served Melkor from early on. They were spirits of fire which wielded darkness as a tangible part of their bodies. Their preferred weapons were many-thonged whips but they also used great swords and axes, perhaps of "magical" or Maiaric origin, created by their powerful wills.

The Balrogs were regarded as the greatest of Elf-banes in the First Age, and of all Morgoth's servants, the Balrogs were the most feared creatures. They killed Feanor and Fingon, two of the greatest kings of the Noldor.

Gothmog, Lord of Balrogs, was one of Melkor's chief captains, and he led armies against the Elves of Beleriand on more than one occasion. He appears to have been in command of the army which destroyed Gondolin. The defense of Gondolin is considered by some to be the most determined and successful of the last stands made by the Elves against the servants of Morgoth. Gothmog and one other Balrog were slain in that battle.

Most of the remaining Balrogs perished in the War of Wrath, when the Valar led an army of Maiar, Elves, and Men against Melkor's kingdom. Beleriand was destroyed in the war and most of Melkor's servants perished as well. One Balrog, at least, survived and fled eastward, hiding itself at the root of the Misty Mountains near the Dwarven city Khazad-dum.

Thousands of years later the Dwarves, mining the motherlode of Mithril which had made Khazad-dum the wealthiest of Dwarven cities in the Second Age, followed the vein north until they unwittingly freed the Balrog from its self-imposed prison. It destroyed their civilization and slew many of the Dwarves, forcing the survivors to abandon their ancient home. The Silvan Elves of nearby Lorien, which had long dwelt in peace and friendship with the Dwarves, was terrorized and the Elves blamed the Dwarves for their misery. Many of the Elvenfolk forsook Middle-earth, migrating south through Gondor to their ancient haven of Edhellond on the river Ringlo near the Bay of Belfalas. Of this migration came two great events: the tragic deaths of Nimrodel and her lover, the Elven-king Amroth; and the marriage of Imrazor the Numenorean and Mithrellas, companion of Nimrodel. Mithrellas gave Imrazor two children, Galador and Gilmith, and from Galador the later Princes of Dol Amroth all claimed descent.

The Balrog of Khazad-dum remained in the mines even when a great Dwarven army destroyed the last army of the Orcs of the Misty Mountains in the War of the Dwarves and Orcs at the Battle of Azanulbizar. The Balrog, known to the Dwarves as Durin's Bane (because it had slain King Durin VI when it drove the Dwarves from Khazad-dum), stood in the gate and forbade the entrance of any Dwarves. Dain Ironfoot, who had just slain Azog, leader of the Orcs, came down from the gate ashenfaced and trembling.

When Balin, kinsman of Dain, attempted to reclaim Khazad-dum many years later, his colony lasted no more than five years until the Orcs serving the Balrog overwhelmed his people. But only 24 years later the Fellowship of the Ring, led by Gandalf the Grey, entered Khazad-dum on its fateful journey to Mordor. The Balrog learned of their presence and launched an attack on the Fellowship, but Gandalf destroyed the only bridge leading out of Khazad-dum and sent the Balrog plummeting into a deep chasm. The Balrog's last act in the confrontation was to lash out at Gandalf and so drag him down into the depths with it, but the wizard's sacrifice purchased time for the rest of the Fellowship to escape from Khazad-dum before the Orcs could replace the bridge.

Gandalf and the Balrog fought far beneath the Dwarven city for at least seven days. The Balrog finally fled and sought a way of escape, but it succeeded only in finding the Endless Stair, which led to the peak of Zirak-Zigil. There upon a ledge high above the world the wizard and Balrog faced each other for 3 days, and "those that looked up from afar thought that the mountain was crowned with storm. Thunder they heard, and lightning, they said, smote upon Celebdil, and leaped back broken into tongues of fire."

In the end Gandalf slew the Balrog, and cast him from the peak, where he smote the mountainside and broke it in his ruin. The great battle, however, proved fatal for Gandalf, who died and so failed of the purpose for which he was sent, until Iluvatar intervened. But that is another story....

* Taken from The Encyclopedia of Fantasy by John Clute and John Grant, Orbit 1997.

Posted by Draughmahl ( ) at 2003-08-11 22:24:00    
A) Great reskin, even if it was just as a Balor replacement as the head on the original skin just looks stupid as far as I'm concerned.

B) Melkor ("He who arises in might") and Morgoth ("The Black Enemy") are/where the same individual, so Witchking is not incorrect. Melkor was his true name, given to him presumably by Iluvatar. Morgoth was the name first given to him by Feanor and later used exclusively, as the elves refused to call him by his true name.

C) The Balrogs aren't fire elementals, they are demons. Feanor means "spirit of fire" not Balrog, Balrog is "Demon of Might" and Tolkien's finalized origin has them as Maiar (lesser angels) who followed and served Melkor. In their original form they would have been beings similar to those that became the Istari (Gandalf, Saruman and Radagast).

Posted by Anonymous ( ) at 2003-05-25 05:17:00    
Oh YEAH!really nice!good work.make more monsters

Posted by Lozz ( ) at 2003-05-03 07:16:00    
Wah! I haven't read The Silmarillion yet so I haven't got a clue what you lot're talking about...I'm so alone...

Posted by Joric Bhaalspawn ( ) at 2003-05-01 17:13:00    
a note about the Troll reskin post.....
Forgotten Realms trolls are not at all related to Middle Earth trolls; the latter variety are more like Forgotten Realms ogres but bigger.

Posted by Joric Bhaalspawn ( ) at 2003-05-01 17:11:00    
technically, Balrogs are fire elementals ("spirits of flame") who became were corrupted by Sauron into serving him, so the appearance makes sense

Posted by Darkling ( ) at 2003-05-01 17:08:00    
I've been working on a Sauron NPC, the way he is in the prologue of Lord of The Rings I, the Fellowship Of The Ring (the movie, not tyhe book) before he loses the ring and becomes a flaming eye. Anyway, great job! these will make splendid lieutenants for the Ringlord when im through designing him.

Posted by Darkling ( ) at 2003-05-01 17:04:00    
lol, someones got Smaug and Ancalagon confused..... Smaug the Golden was killed by single arrow and Ancalagon the Black died fighting with Earendil in a flying ship (musta been one heck of a galleon) and a host of warlike irds (giant eagles and stuff).

Posted by Darkling ( ) at 2003-05-01 17:00:00    
Witchking, i believe you meant to say that Ancalagon was the mightiest of Morgoth's dragons, not Melkor's

Posted by Valdae ( ) at 2003-02-15 19:34:00    
Brilliant work

It brings a question to rise... What would Gothmog (Lord
of Balrogs-Slain by Ecthelion in the sack of Gondolin)
look like? Surely he would appear more 'evil' than the

BTW I hear someone is trying to make a whip-of-many-
thongs, give it a Fire Damage Bonus of 2d6 and your set.

Posted by Witchking of Angmar ( ) at 2003-01-17 12:22:00    
Ancalagon the Black was the mightiest of Melkor's dragons.
He did fly and he was slain by Earendil the during final
assault on Thangorodrim. Glaurung was the father of all
dragons, had no wings, and was slain by Turin.

As for the model, it's very nice. The wings are so dark
that they blend into the background, which is very similar
to the description from the novel. Excellent work.

Posted by Putt Putt Rich ( ) at 2003-01-06 16:08:00    
It looks great and I would use it but I am rather new to
using toolset (as in started today) and cannot figure out
how to use creature hak packs:( I got tileset hakpacks to
work for me but as I said, the creature ones are stumping
me. If any of you more experienced people dont mind, could
you post a step-by-step process of how to get creature
hakpacks to work? Thanks a lot!
~Putt Putt Rich, invading a Putt Putt Fun Center near you!

Posted by Gary 7 ( ) at 2003-01-06 09:29:00    
Nice arguments pointed out, but all in all, he's a real
beauty... everytime I keep looking at him, I think of tha
part in the movie, in that giant vault, where all the
goblins trip out and run away... all is quiet, then that
bassy 20 second rumble...
this guy looks great- thanks for the work!

Posted by Koyasha ( ) at 2003-01-05 23:19:00    
And I quote, from the book, Page 345 in my edition.

"The Balrog made no answer. The fire in it seemed to die,
but the darkness grew. It stepped forward onto the
bridge, and suddenly it drew itself up to a great height,
and its wings were spread from wall to wall; but still
Gandalf could be seen, glimmering in the gloom; he seemed
small and altogether alone: grey and bent, like a wizened
tree before the onset of a storm."

And yes, yer correct, not enough room. If the Balrog's
wings spread from wall to wall above the bridge, there
would certainly be less space in the once it
began to fall, it could not fly.

Posted by Me ( ) at 2002-12-04 10:51:00    
Balrogs do have wings! If any of you have read the book,
you would know that the balrog flees from Gandalf, and how
could that be if it is faling into a pit?
Therefore it got to have wings!

Posted by Steven ( ) at 2002-12-03 18:12:00    
I'm pretty sure that Ancalagon was a dragon and not a

Posted by bbarr97 ( ) at 2002-11-24 09:55:00    
I thought Ancalagon had wings? He was killed by a single
arrow by someone (Earendil I think) and when he fell from
the sky he crushed Thangdorim(sp).

Posted by Jacen Saracen ( ) at 2002-11-14 09:36:00    
Just a thought. Perhaps the black dragon head would be
more appropriate for the balrog. That is, if you are
trying to mimic the movie balrog. Great stuff!

Posted by Shadowsleet ( ) at 2002-11-01 21:07:00    
lol, if you say so...

Looks really good to me, now all you need to do is make a
nigh on unstoppable Juggernaught named Sauron and we can
collect the whole set ;)

Posted by Greg ( ) at 2002-10-30 13:31:00    
Great job, definitely gonna use this!

Anyways, Tolkien didnt make up balrogs so it could be a
variety of things..

Posted by TheGreatDreamer ( ) at 2002-09-15 06:38:00    
Well,when you weight 70 tons and fall down a pit that
gives you the space of a closet it is hard to flap your
wings and fly, you know, dungeons are tricky that way,

Posted by Elad Ijaz ( ) at 2002-09-12 12:35:00    
Being a Tolkien buff from way back, I would suggest that
balrogs do not necessarily have wings but that they may.
They are creatures of flame and shadow and were pulled from
the void to Middle Earth by Melkor during the first age.
They are not formally creatures of Middle Earth and don't
quite fit any particular mold. I would guess that their
physical bodies formed upon entry to "the world" and that
they dont conform to a certain set of criteria for their
form as humans or other creatures that are 'born' do.
Dragons were similar, though they were able to mate and so
I think had a stronger 'genetic' form - still some had
wings and some didn't (eg. Ancalagan the Black -
the 'father' of all dragons had no wings and was surrounded
by an aura like that of the black breath of the Nazgul -
but Smaug had no similar aura ... and he could fly) - some
breathed fire and some didn't etc ...
So IMHO I would say that the term balrog refers to a
certain type of spirit that Melkor (Morgoth) pulled from
the void and that its physical form is less constrained
than that of say humans but that all balrogs probably meet
certain criteria (perhaps melkor told them to take form in
his image ... ?) and that those criteria may or may not
include wings.
Did that make sense?
Ahhh well, back to the pills.

Posted by Yariv ( ) at 2002-09-11 12:00:00    
Well, the file ...\NWN\texturepacks\Textures_Tpa.erf
contains the models hi-res textures. You can extract
textures from it with Zoligato's NWNViewer. The texture
files are in DDS format and can be converted to .TGA files
with DDSTools.

The NWNViewer and DDSTools are downloadable at the
Files>other> section here at the NeverwinterVault.

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