Re: What if Gandalf didnt fall in Moria ?
I don't think Durin's Bane would have willingly submitted to Sauron. At one point, both Sauron and the balrogs were part of Morgoth's army. Durin's Bane and Sauron are basically on the same level as each other (in the "order of being"). I have my doubts whether the balrog would willingly follow Sauron as a servant, and even greater doubts about Sauron having the power to command (or force) the balrog to do so...at least, without the One Ring.
Had Sauron regained the One Ring, things might be different. But in his weakened state, without the ring, Sauron does not have sufficient power in himself to command a balrog--and as the books make clear, there is no way an army of orcs and trolls sent by Sauron (no matter how large) would be able to "force" a balrog to do anything either.
Indeed, one of the questions that has always intrigued me would be...what if the balrog had somehow been able to "cut off" the fellowship from escape, defeated Gandalf and slew everyone else? Would the balrog "know" (or perceive) what the One Ring was? If so, would he take it and wield it himself, and attempt to overthrow Sauron? (I think the answers are "yes" and "yes," and that he might very likely succeed.)
If we think balrogs are bad, what about a balrog wielding the One Ring? Ouch!
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