Whoa! I love that! Can I use that in Tolkienia? "Ghost Flea Meadow" ? Or
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"Ghost-Flea Market, where prices are set at the vanishing point!"
I did just look up that picture, and it really does look very Balrog like. Quite horrifying! It must have been pretty scary to see as a child; I can understand why it would stick with you and re-surface when it had an appropriate character to attach it to.
I believe the balrog does have wings and they are as physical as the rest of its being, which isn't necessarily flesh and blood. Can it fly? Probably not. Maybe short distances, close to the ground, but not like a dragon.
And this particular balrog in Moria probably would be even less capable to fly having been holed up in a cave for a long time.
Before I saw Fellowship of the Ring, I imagined the Balrog to basically be a giant molten lava monster like I would see in cartoons (hey I was 13, give me a break). When I saw the Fellowship, the Balrog made sense, and it wasn't until later when I was on TWC that I realized mentioning Balrog wings opens up a GIANT can of worms amongst Lotr fans.