Yes, fellow Middle-earth, episode 8 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has just made two major revelations. Both were certainly not very obvious (one more than the other).
And while the second reveal wasn’t excited by the series itself, Rings of Power spent the entire season asking “Is Sauron here?” and “if he is, who is he?” – is the kind of forehead slap moment that at least one TG employee felt they saw coming from a mile away.
But, the details of these two revelations are big enough not to spoil them above the spoiler warning below, as you’ll probably want to watch the power rings end before diving in. Unless, of course, you’re not enjoying Rings of Power. One of our staff declared, “It’s time to isolate that Rings of Power is just fan fiction,” and demanded that he finish the first season and just read the explanations in his constituency.
Anyway, The final part of this article contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings Episode 8: The Rings of Power.!
Rings of Power Episode 8 Unmasked Sauron
All it took was a conversation and a history lesson. Yes, at the end of Episode 8 of Rings of Power, Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) asked the same question that Adar did: who exactly is Halbrand (Charlie Vickers)? But unlike fallen Tartarus, Galadriel in existence got the answer.
As my colleague Malcolm McMillan wrote, “All this happens because Halbrand is probably Sauron.” Galadriel found that little was wrong when he discovered that there is no king of the Southlands, little that we now realize should have been sought after long ago.
The message here is simple: don’t trust tragic people just because you feel sorry for them. Halbrand/Sauron then tried to put seeds of doubt in Galadriel’s mind, saying that she told him he wasn’t stuck in her past. May they rule Middle-earth for the admissibility of all, together.
Galadriel, in many other words, said “not today, Satan”, which led to a series of hallucinatory moments where she was first tempted by a vision of her dead brother who was alive and then drowning underwater. At the end of it all, we see Halbrand in Mordor, smiling, and I thought, of course they made him attractive. Sauron stupid and sexy.
And, now that Halbrand/Sauron has placed doubt and shame in Galadriel’s mind and heart (she was his ally), he has argued that Celebrimbor creates not two, but three rings of power. That way, power would be more evenly distributed and everyone would be less likely to fall into Sauron’s clutches.
Rings Of Power Episode 8 Teased A Great LOTR Character, But Don’t Bet On Him
And given that the Stranger (Daniel Weyman) is now confirmed not to be Sauron, we have a new name for him: Istar. Well, that’s not his name, but what he is. An Istar, he is one of the Istari: the five wizards sent to Middle-earth.
We got this name from the witches who were attacking The Stranger during the finale, when one yelled “He’s the other one!” and called him “Ishtar”. And then The Stranger, in a charming voice, says that “Istar” means “mage”.
But, just because you can associate a good and kind wizard with Gandalf doesn’t mean the Stranger exists Gandalf. The other four mages of Istar still remain: Saruman, Radagast and two blue mages.
Also, the Lord of the Rings canon says that Gandalf wouldn’t even be here in Middle-earth yet. Both he and Saruman arrived in Middle-earth later in the chronology, during the Third Life. Rings of Power has an electorate in Second Life.
Perspective: What will Rings of Power season 2 look like with canon?
As you may know, Amazon was unable to buy all rights to all of Tolkien’s books. So while tradition tells us that Gandalf and Saruman shouldn’t be in Rings of Power, there’s no reason to suppose that this software sticks to scripts.
That said, I would love for Amazon to give us a fresh look at some of the other wizards. The less a “What can we really do without stunning the first crowd in history” gear have to risk, the more chance Rings of Power has to be unique and interesting.