The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 1, episode 5 recap


Episode 5 marks an important checkpoint in the series as the pieces come together on their own. If you weren’t invested in this story before, you certainly are now.

This recap of the Prime Video series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 1 Episode 5 “Farewells” contains spoilers.

READ: the review of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

Welcome back to another summary of The Rings of Power. I know what you’re thinking, who is Sauron? There are so many theories online, some obvious, some less so. I guess that’s the point. The identity of Sauron is not supposed to be solved that easily. Nevertheless, we rack our brains every week. Is it the stranger? Is it half brim? Or someone less obvious like Kemen?

I don’t normally provide coverage of this series. I’m boarding episode 5 this week. Lord of the Rings is my favorite story of all time, both the books and the movies (although I’m less thrilled The Hobbit movies). Many Tolkien fans, like myself, have questioned the lore and encouraged many to engage with this series from the start. As an avid LOTR fan, as long as the story makes sense and it feels like the world, I’m not worried about how the lore pans out in this series Lord of the Rings lives in.

We need more stories from this world. I could spend countless hours looking for contradictions and poking holes in a more condensed timeline between the ages, but honestly, to have a series that’s based on this world and has a lot of money, cast and writing pumped into it is power a lot of sense. Anyway, let’s recap Episode 5!

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 1 Episode 5 Recap

First, let’s talk about Nori, who is a remarkably brilliant character. At the beginning of Episode 5, Nori talks to The Stranger and teaches him words, phrases and life. The wandering of the hobbits continues. But as they venture further, a group of three mysterious characters (led by Bridie Sisson’s mysterious character from Rhun) visit the hole created by The Stranger when he fell from the sky. your purpose? Still unknown. We’ll have to wait for an answer to that.

Getting back to migration, Nori is alarmed when she sees large footprints that resemble wolves. The wandering group is pursued by the creatures in the forest, seemingly surrounded. However, the stranger comes in handy as he uses his powers to fight off the beasts. But as he uses his powers, he sees dark bruises forming on his arms. He tries to keep his arms in the water, but he turns the water into ice running down his arms.

When Nori tries to stop him, she also begins to freeze, causing panic. She tries to stop The Stranger, but he pushes her sideways hard, forcing Nori to fall over. There seems to be a darkness that The Stranger enjoys, and Nori now fears him. While going through this experience, The Stranger had memories of landing into the world from heaven.

What this moment means is not clear. It feels easy to point to The Stranger and claim he’s Sauron, but there’s still not enough evidence to make a definitive judgment. There’s bound to be a twist.

And then Episode 5 moves to the other side of the story. Adar is made aware that the tunnel he is building with the orcs is complete. Meanwhile, Bronwyn prepares the southerners for an attack and calls out a battle cry. But Waldreg, seduced by the darkness, resists the war cry and gathers his band of men. The southerners are divided.

The episode returns to Númenor; Isildur speaks to his father Elendil; he is curious as to why he is not on the expedition to Middle-earth. He asks to be on the front lines, but his father turns him down. As episode 5 shows, Isildur has a lot of convincing to do with his family and friends.

And with that, the expedition is in danger. While Galadriel has been convincing, she still has much work to do to get the ships sailing. When Queen Miriel tells Lord Halbrand that he will join the expedition with the humans, he is dissatisfied, feeling that Galadriel made that decision for him. The two continue to clash.

And there is another resistance to the expedition; Kemen tries to persuade Pharazon to end the war – he is not happy that his father is taking orders from an elf. Pharazon is disgusted by this claim and reminds him how much people will benefit from this expedition; Riches, resources and infrastructure. Once again the weakness of the people is shown – they only want to profit from wars or missions.

As we could all have predicted, Episode 5 finds Elrond in a difficult position. As we saw it coming, Elrond did not realize that the High King Gil-galad was using him to get information from the dwarves. The High King questions Elrond’s loyalty to the dwarves. Elrond, sensing his mission goes deeper than making friends, asks why he was sent to meet Prince Durin. And then the truth comes out; he learns from the High King that he has been sent to the dwarves to find the ore of the light of the last Silmarils – the mithril that Elrond caught Prince Durin mining in the last episode.

The High King realizes that the Dwarves have found it and tells Elrond that the Light of Eldar is fading and their people (the Elves) are in decline and their immortality is dwindling. The ore found by Prince Durin is her last hope to help her race. Elrond must choose between his people or the dwarves, which means he must break his oath to his friend, Prince Durin. The High King warns Elrond that unless they stop the evil in Middle-earth it will all be over.

The history of the elves in The Rings of Power is beautifully complicated; The High King knew that evil had returned, but sent Galadriel away anyway, sensing that evil would sooner and inadvertently bring evil back to their lands. The High King hatches a higher plan.

Back in Númenor and Galadriel, a few men are training for battle. Valandil is the only man who can get close to her as she displays impressive swordsmanship. As Valandil gets close to her with his sword, he is promoted to lieutenant by the expedition. Later, Isildur talks to Valandil about bringing him to the expedition, but he is rejected again by his friend, who refuses to forgive him.

Kemen makes a second attempt to stop the expedition. He goes on one of the ships and laces it with explosive material to sabotage the mission. However, Isildur hides on the ship to join the expedition and catches Kemen trying to bring the ship down. Both men fight, resulting in the ship being set on fire and exploding.

Luckily, both men escape and are rescued from the sea. For some reason, Ilsiduer lies to his father, claiming that Kemen saved him and that an accident happened on the ship.

The explosion on the ship encourages Pharazon to doubt the expedition, believing it to be an omen, but Galadriel insists they must continue with their mission. Queen Miriel has one condition, she wants Halbrand on the expedition, and he will be the decider in the final decision, leaving Galadriel’s intentions in a precarious position.

And so Galadriel uses a more emotional angle on Halbrand, admitting she was wrong to use him and asking the man to help her convince Queen Miriel to continue the expedition. Halbrand goes on a tangent and tells Galadriel that he did something in the past to survive unknown to his people and if that secret is discovered he will be driven out. As he makes this out-of-context statement, the scenes flash to Waldreg and his men, surrounded by orcs and Adar. How and why Halbrand’s story is connected to this scene is unknown, but it will prompt many theories.

And so Halbrand asks Galadriel why she keeps fighting, which is met with an emotional response. The elf tells him she can’t stop because her company mutinied her when she was on her mission to find Sauron and her best friend plotted against her. She feels like she is no different from the evil she fought. This monologue was a chilling admission that light and dark are blurring lines. Galadriel still sees the darkness slowly seeping in through the light.

Halbrand apologizes, but why? His apology didn’t feel like a sympathetic one.

The next scene shows Waldreg and his men surrounded by Adar and the orcs. Waldreg pledges his allegiance and asks Adar if he is Sauron. Adar aggressively throws Waldreg to the ground and tells him that “only blood can bind”, implying that he must kill one of his own to prove his allegiance.

Meanwhile, at the tower, the other southerners prepare for war. Theo shows Arondir the sword helm he found. Arondir removes some growth and exits the tower to reveal a stone formation that looks like the sword and a man falling to the ground (the rudder). This was a purely symbolic moment. Arondir tells Bronwyn that the sword helm is part of a key used by evil to bring people down. Despite the omen, he tells Bronwyn that they can defeat the enemy and that there will be a way.

However, Bronwyn is dubious and feels that her men are destined for the dark. Meanwhile, the Orcs in the distance are closing in on them en masse, singing and stomping on purpose. The war is coming.

The end

As we near the end of Episode 5, we learn the consequence of Elrond’s burden of Prince Durin and Halbrand’s decision.

Elrond speaks to Prince Durin about his burden; that he was inadvertently not being honest with him. He reveals to his friend that he visited him on behalf of the elves for mithril. He declares that without them, the elven race will perish and their immortal souls will dwindle to nothing. Prince Durin looks smug that the fate of the entire elf race is in his hands, bringing humor to the episode’s final moments. Prince Durin doesn’t seem to care about the breach of oath, apparently realizing his friend has been used, and agrees to speak with his father, the dwarf king, about mining mithril for the elves.

In Episode 5, Halbrand decides to join the procession with Queen Miriel and the human army – the decision has been made; The expedition continues. Earien is dismayed that they are going to Middle-earth. Isildur also joins the ranks. The ships are prepared and Galadriel mounts one of them, fully armored and ready, and she shakes Halbrand’s hand before departing for Middle-earth.

Episode 5 marks an important checkpoint in the series as the pieces come together on their own. If you weren’t invested in this story before, you certainly are now.

Additional points

  • King Tar-Plantir warns Queen Miriel not to go to Middle-earth as darkness surrounds it.

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