They are trapped and with no way out they must go on and on, into the very depths of the mountain and hope that they can find the way out. Whilst travelling through the mines they stop at the tomb of Balin, where Gimli mourns his passing. It is while they are waiting here that they are ambushed by a cave troll and a host of goblins, and while they manage to escape, more or less unscathed, something else is awoken. It is this firey creature which Gandalf battles on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm and it is here that Gandalf is lost when he falls into shadow during the battle.
However the Company have little time to mourn his passing as they must continue with their journey before the dark creatures of Moria catch up with them and so they have no choice but to press on towards Lothlórien to seek shelter in the company of the fair Elves residing there. The Elves of Lothlórien are Wood Elves, like the Elves of Mirkwood, and can pass through the wood quickly and quietly and with their magical grey cloaks they are virtually invisible. On the forest floor grow beautiful star-shaped flowers, named Elanor and Niphredil, with pale white petals.
The ground is littered with leaf debri and massive roots, just waiting to reach out and trip an unsuspecting traveller. The ground is littered with leaf debri and massive roots, just waiting to reach out and trip an unsuspecting traveller. Merry and Pippin have no choice but to enter the vast forest. If they remain outside they will almost certainly be mistaken for Uruks and slain by the riders or else trampled by their horses. So they hurry on into the Forest in a desperate attempt for safety. Fangorn Forest was once much bigger than it is as Merry and Pippin see it, however Saruman has been using the trees to fuel his machinery in Isengard. Once he would walk freely in the woods, now he sends his Orc servants to destroy it.