Warning! This article contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episodes 1 and 2.The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episodes 1 and 2 introduced viewers to Celebrimbor, a key figure in Middle-earth history. that of Peter Jackson the Lord of the Rings trilogy brought JRR Tolkien’s epic saga to life on the big screen. Amazon’s new TV series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, serves as a prequel – not to the movies, but rather to the books written by Tolkien. The Tolkien Estate had never been smitten with the Hollywood adaptation – their president until 2017, the late Christopher Tolkien, opposed Jackson’s adaptation. The Lord of the Ringssaid they were far too commercialized – but the field has since been much more supportive of power rings.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth and is based on Tolkien’s Appendices and Notes. “Tolkien talked about not creating Middle-earth but digging it out. We felt like we were discovering things that were already there,said co-creator JD Payne in an interview (via Vulture). “People have heard about it in montages and flashes, but these are massive, untold stories.” That means The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be a combination of familiar concepts and surprising twists, established traditions and unexpected faces. The Second Age of Middle-earth is a time when evil was widely believed to be defeated, but in reality Sauron was simply biding his time.
The first two episodes introduce viewers to Celebrimbor, a master blacksmith who will shape the future of Middle-earth more than he could ever imagine. The show, after all, is the story of the Rings of Power themselves – including the cursed One Ring that will one day find its way into the hands of Frodo the Hobbit. Celebrimbor is the man who makes it all possible.
Who exactly is Celebrimbor in The Lord of the Rings?
Celebrimbor is mentioned in several of Tolkien’s notes and appendices, although there is conflicting information about him. He is known to have fought on the front line in the battles of the First Age, and unlike many of his relatives, he chose to remain in Middle-earth after the fall of Gondolin and the eventual defeat of Morgoth. According to Tolkien’s notes, in the Second Age Celebrimbor settled in the realm of Eregion and sought an unusual friendship with the Dwarves, relying on their skills as forgers. As seen in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Celebrimbor became famous as one of the greatest smiths of the Elves, and the king himself entrusted him with projects. This led him to the dwarven mines of Moria, where viewers finally got the chance to see the city in its heyday rather than after its fall like in the Peter Jackson films.
Casual viewers might not recognize Celebrimbor’s name, but gamers will be more familiar with it (as well as students of Tolkien’s original lore). Celebrimbor appears in video games Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War, where he feels terribly guilty for forging the Rings of Power. The version of Celebrimbor seen in those games had a markedly different story than the one told in Tolkien’s notes, so it’s probably best to forget about them for now.
Celebrimbor Forge Explained
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power sees Elrond visit Celebrimbor’s workshop, which features many relics, including Feanor’s Hammer (used to create the Silmarils). Celebrimbor plans to do better, however, by building a tower with a furnace for blacksmithing. This furnace will become one of the most important sites of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, because it is here that the Rings of Power will be created. Celebrimbor himself will be responsible for forging the three Elvish rings, unaware of the binding power Sauron embeds within them.
Warning: minor spoilers from The return of the shadow ahead!
Why Celebrimbor is important to Lord of the Rings and Sauron
Galadriel, still grieving the death of her brother, believes that the shadow of Sauron secretly continues to hover over Middle-earth. She’s right; though Sauron has wielded particular influence over humans in the past, he is destined to seek to use the Elves to achieve his ends. Operating under the pseudonym of Annatar, the “Lord of gifts,“he will go to the forge of Celebrimbor and befriend the smiths. Although some elves are suspicious, including Celebrimbor himself, they will nevertheless be tricked into making the rings of power. Nineteen rings will be made : three for elves, seven for dwarves, and nine for humans. the land that will become Mordor.
All of this means that Celebrimbor is one of the most important characters in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power; indeed, he is one of the most important figures in the history of Middle-earth, as he is considered responsible for the creation of the Rings themselves. Luckily for the writers and showrunners, only the broad brushstrokes of her story are known, giving them leeway to bring Celebrimbor’s story to life. It is surely in the details that viewers will find their surprises.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power continues Thursday/Friday on Prime Video.
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