In the first two episodes “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” we get to know numerous characters and locations: the dwarven fortress of Khazad-dûm, the elven kingdoms of Lindon and Eregion, the southern lands of Middle-earth. Yet one of the most important places is not shown at all: the island of Númenor, on which the largest and most powerful kingdom of men exists in the Second Age. You will probably have already guessed why we are pointing this out here:
When Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and the mysterious Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) regain consciousness at the end of episode 2 after surviving a storm in the sea, they see a shadowy figure on a ship above them. In fact, it can only be a human from Númenor.
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Because the fact that Númenor was (almost) not seen in the first two episodes is a real surprise: One of the first and most important official announcements about “The Rings of Power” was that Númenor will play a role in the series, and the Island can already be seen in numerous trailers and scenes. Our YouTube moderator Sebastian also addresses this in his video above.
In the press preview where we saw the two episodes of The Lord of the Rings series, there was also showed a trailer for episodes 3 to 8 where we apparently see Galadriel and Halbrand in Númenor – but interestingly enough, the name of the island was not even mentioned in it. You can now also watch this trailer on Prime Video. If you have activated Autoplay, the trailer will even be played automatically after the end of Episode 2.
But who exactly do we see in this scene at the end of episode 2? That can only be speculated based on the series episode, but there are two very obvious candidates: Isildur (Maxim Baldry) and his father Elendil (Lloyd Owen) – both names, by the way, which can also be found in the prologue of “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”. ‘ in which men and elves go to war against Sauron.
In “The Rings of Power”, however, neither Isildur nor Elendil are the great kings of humans known from the prologue, but according to the information published so far they are still quite simple sailors. Therefore it would fit well if one or both (main) characters meet Galadriel and Halbrand here.
Númenor is instead ruled by Queen Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and her advisor Pharazôn (Trystan Gravelle). In addition, two characters not found in Tolkien’s works will appear on the island kingdom with Pharazôn’s son Kemen (Leon Wadham) and Isildur’s sister Eärien (Ema Horvath).
The resolution as to who exactly is now so threateningly above Galadriel and Halbrand will be given in episode 3 of “The Rings of Power”, which will be published on September 9, 2022 at 6 a.m. on Amazon Prime Video.