"I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor! You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass."
--J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1994), p. 322.
With thanks to the "Hitchcocker's Guide to the Snellaxy" 2010 University of Chicago Scavenger Hunt team for the opportunity to battle the Balrog.* And congratulations for coming in first!
*Oh, and just if you're wondering now that you've seen the video, we had a long discussion (complete with the text of LotR, which "Gandalf" just happened to have on hand) about the signature line. We knew that in the book, Gandalf only says, "You cannot pass," but thanks to the movie, the terms of the ScavHunt item were that Gandalf should say, "You shall not pass!" So we went for the points.
Originally posted on Fencing Bear at Prayer.