The first episodes of the Amazon series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” invite you to speculate diligently: who is the stranger who landed with a meteorite? Who is Adar? Who is Halbrand? And could one of them be Sauron? We’ve already thought about the Meteorite Man (Daniel Weyman) and Adar (Joseph Mawle) – and now we’re moving on to Halbrand. Because we suspect: We already know his character from “The Lord of the Rings” – but probably differently than you think.
We can rule out two currently very popular theories: Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) is not a younger Aragorn, nor is Aragorn’s father, Arathorn. It is true that Halbrand Aragorn is not only visually a bit similar in Viggo Mortensen’s portrayal, but also comes up with a similar burden on his shoulders: a king who struggles with his inheritance and who is supposed to unite his people.
Yet temporally this is simply impossible, although the series clearly condenses the events of the Second Age: Arathorn and Aragorn were only born in the Third Age, thousands of years later – not even the people of Númenor (from whom Aragorn and Arathorn descended) live that long, who after all have an extended lifespan of up to 400 years. Not to mention people from the Southlands, like Halbrand is, if he’s telling the truth.
Of course, Halbrand could also turn out to be Sauron, because after all, the mighty Maia can (at least still in the Second Age) take various forms and will yet take on the attractive form of Annatar. It shouldn’t be a coincidence that Halbrand is given certain characteristics in “The Rings of Power” that make him appear dodgy, maybe even evil – the audience should definitely guess whether Halbrand is a good guy or a bad guy.
On the raft, Halbrand sacrificed the lives of his fellow travelers to save himself. In Númenor we have seen him lying, stealing and in brutal combat. He also saved himself from sticky situations several times with nice words and flattery, admits that his name depends on “who you ask” – and he is noticeably interested in the forge.
All of these could be clues that Halbrand is Sauron. However, after the revelation at the end of episode 3 that he is a king of the southern countries, another theory seems more likely to us – with which those responsible for “The Rings of Power” would cleverly fill a gap in the Tolkien canon.
In fact, it could very well be that Halbrand is one of the nine humans Sauron gives the Rings to – and thus becomes a Ringwraith, a Nazgûl. We also know these creatures from the “Lord of the Rings” films by Peter Jackson. They used to be humans, warriors, kings and other powerful figures who let Sauron corrupt them.
We experienced how seductive the power of the rings can be in “The Lord of the Rings” – even Isildur was not willing to destroy the One Ring in the prologue to “The Fellowship of the Ring”, later Boromir also wanted to use this power for himself. First for good, but later it turned into pure greed…
We suspect a similar fate for Halbrand. It’s not for nothing that the character is introduced as a little shady, but still quite likeable – we predict her a dark fate and broken hearts for the audience.
Because at first Halbrand should actually go into battle with Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), as can already be seen in the trailers, but then be seduced by the power of the rings, even if he initially only wants to use them to kill the peoples unite. After all, not only in the “Star Wars’ galaxy losing someone to the dark side. A member of a house of the Southlands formerly devoted to Sauron’s lord Morgoth, Halbrand is already under general suspicion in the series anyway of becoming a follower of Sauron.
The creators of The Rings of Power would use a loophole here to introduce a whole new character and later still make it into one we already know. For Tolkien only names two of the nine Ringwraiths: Khamûl and the Witch-King of Angmar. Otherwise the information is sparse, we only know that three people from Númenor belong to the Ringwraiths.
One theory is that Halbrand will become the Witch-king of Angmar, although the latter is more likely to have been one of the three corrupted Númenoreans – which would rule out Halbrand as a southerner. But he can also simply become one of the other wraiths, after all there are still seven completely blank slates to choose from.
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More interesting than who is currently semi-rimmed – here too fills “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” probably just a gap and probably writing a new family tree for Halbrand, after all the character himself was also reinvented for the series – so the question is who he BECOMES.
You can get more analyzes and theories about episode 3 in the video from DashFUN YouTube moderator Sebastian Gerdshikow attached above – from about 11:30 minutes he also talks about Halbrand. Episode 4 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will then come to Amazon Prime Video on September 16, 2022.
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