Full spoilers for Episode 8 of The Rings of Power to follow.
The Rings of Power cast has revealed how the creation of the title rings will affect their characters in Season 2.
Speaking exclusively to TechRadar ahead of Episode 8 of The Rings of Power, Morfydd Clark, who plays Galadriel, revealed that the Elven warrior’s hand in her forge and the aftermath of the events of The Rings of Power Season 1 finale left a lasting impression be left to her . So much so, in fact, that Galadriel could perhaps begin to display the traits and abilities that Lord of the Rings fans have come to expect from the ethereal being we see in the Third Age of Middle-earth.
However, before Galadriel becomes the powerful, all-seeing elf we saw in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies, she must overcome more obstacles. Namely, possessing the ring called Nenya and the responsibility that comes with keeping it safe, and coming to terms with the key role played by her brother Finrod’s dagger in its creation.
“I’m excited to explore how she gains power from having a ring while not feeling powerful herself,” Clark tells TechRadar. “And what that kind of duality would be is very interesting.
“Throughout Season 1 we saw parts of Galadriel’s ethos, as an elf just existing. She has nothing to do with being Elvish, aside from Finrod’s dagger. It’s not healthy, it wasn’t good for her and she was kind of faded. She became as much a memory as her brother. So I was grateful that she was able to break free of it.
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“There’s a great sadness she feels when she lets it go, but there’s also a freedom in that moment. She also does it to save her people – she made big mistakes, but she is still forced to save many people. Now she’s coming back to her elfinness, and being around her again will eventually lead her to become the more mysterious Lothlorien elf we see in the Third Age.
What about the actual creator of the rings, aka Celebrimbor? The Elf Smith plays an important role in her forge in JRR Tolkien’s source material and the Prime Video series with the bid budget. So how will he feel after crafting the trio of powerful trinkets? And considering who Celebrimbor’s ancestors are, will creating the elven rings help him fulfill a long-held wish to eclipse what his ancestors forged?
“I imagine he’ll have a slump after the performance,” Charles Edwards, who plays Celebrimbor, tells TechRadar. “He made the rings. Now he has to wait and see what they will do. Will they have the desired effect? [to save the elves]? Either way, Celebrimbor won’t want to leave his workshop. He still has many other tasks to do. I think Halbrand piqued his interest and sparked something in Celebrimbor. As the creative person he is, you go with it and see where it takes you.
“Obviously it wasn’t explicitly stated that he is Feanor’s grandson. He has Fëanor’s hammer, but it does not refer to him in the familial sense. So there is a struggle between trying to improve his grandfather. Celebrimbor has been around Shadow for a very long time and has tried to trump him. I think creating the rings does that, but there’s still a lot to do with his character in Season 2.”
Speaking of Semirim – or rather Sauron, as we learn in Episode 8 of the Prime Video show – inadvertently plays a role in its creation. While not specifically involved in their forging, Sauron’s idea is to combine the mithril with other metals and then craft two items instead of one, resulting in the first of the title rings being crafted.
For Charlie Vickers, who plays Halbrand/Sauron in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, forging the iconic trinkets – and Sauron’s involvement in them – ultimately sets the Dark Lord on the path to realizing how to “cure” Middle Finger. Earth.
“Their creation is similar to what we see in Tolkien’s lore,” says Vickers. “They are made under his influence and direction, but he does not make them directly. They were made independently of his physical touch. Even if they are vulnerable to the One Ring, they cannot be controlled by it. After all, he creates a ring. As soon as he dons this ring, the elves know immediately that he created one because he influenced the forging of their rings.”
So can we expect the legendary One Ring to be forged in the fires of Mount Doom in Season 2? Vickers doesn’t confirm that much, but it sounds like it could be a possibility.
“If Sauron goes down that cliff into Mordor, he has a plan,” teases Vickers. “He’s always five to ten moves ahead on the chessboard. Now we’re really going to see his actual character. The showrunner has a very clear plan, which I’m somewhat privy to at this point. We’ll really see him transform into this character who’s always thinking ahead. We’ve already seen it, but it’s going to be really pronounced in Season 2.
Ready to read more exclusive coverage of The Rings of Power? Find out what low-cut midget character Edwards wants to see in the show’s second season. Alternatively, find out when Vickers found out he was playing Sauron or how the villain reveal in Episode 2 was almost ruined. Finally, learn when the show’s cast found out who The Stranger was.
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