‘The Rings of Power’ Episode 5 Just Presented a New Balrog Origin Story

The Balrog seems to have been reborn The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

This being is one of the most memorable monsters out there Lord of the Rings, a gigantic fire demon that loomed over the wizard Gandalf as he defiantly roared, “Thou shall not HAPPEN!” This is why the mines of Moria were abandoned and became only a black pit beneath the Misty Mountains. When the dwarves who built the intricate subterranean metropolis of Khazad-dûm dug “too greedy and too deep,” as JRR Tolkien wrote, they unleashed this colossal terror. Then they fled from it.

The latest episode of The Rings of PowerSet long before these events, it has just introduced a new “creation myth” for the Balrog – as well as an otherworldly explanation for the glowing mithril element that drives the dwarves into their mining frenzy.

“Do you know The Song of the Roots of Hithaeglir?” asks the Elven High King Gil-Galad Elrond. Hithaeglir is the Elvish word for the Misty Mountains. The younger elf replies that this story is “an obscure legend considered apocryphal by most”.

This is a smart out for showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, as this particular story appears to be entirely made up and does not appear in any of Tolkien’s notes or texts. The reference to it as possibly invented gives the series a cover Lord of the rings Purists who might object to any deviation from the Professor’s own history of Middle-earth.

Elrond continues the story: “It tells of a battle high up between the crests of the Misty Mountains – not for honor or duty, but for a tree that held a claim to the last of the lost Silmarils.”

The Silmarils, for those in need of a refresher, were three otherworldly gems forged from the light of the mystical Two Trees that predated the creation of Middle-earth and eventually became the Sun and Moon. (This was all mentioned in the first episode of the series.)

In Tolkien’s stories, one Silmaril became a star in the night sky, another was immersed in lava to become one with the land, and the other was thrown into the ocean – giving them over to the three elements of wind, earth and water.

The Rings of Power presents an alternative mythology – not necessarily official, as Elrond notes, but intriguing in its own way. This story is about how one of the Silmarils (presumably the one who will become part of the earth) is hidden in this mountaintop tree, which becomes the scene of a fierce battle.

“On the one hand fought an Elven warrior with a heart as pure as Manwë,” says Elrond. (Manwë is the king of the Valar, basically God – or Zeus.) “He poured all his light into the tree to protect it. On the other hand, a Balrog of Morgoth channeled all of his hatred into the tree to destroy it. In the midst of their endless duel, lightning ensnared the tree and turned their conflict into a power…”

“A power as pure in light as good; as strong and unyielding as evil,” concludes Gil-Galad.

On the screen we then see the threads of lightning seeping into the rock and penetrating through the mountain, leaving veins of mithri behind.

But what about the elf warrior and his Balrog enemy? are they destroyed Or is the demon also transmitted into the rock?

We know for certain that there is a Balrog deep within the Misty Mountains, and it is being unleashed by the dwarves’ determination to scrape out every last scrap of mithril. They later named the creature “Durin’s Bane” because it killed its king (During VI, not Durin IV of this series).

Did the same lightning bolt that forged the precious metal mithril also bury this Balrog deep beneath the rock?

Maybe. Then maybe again is all apocryphal after all.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2022/09/lord-of-the-rings-balrog ‘The Rings of Power’ Episode 5 Just Presented a New Balrog Origin Story

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