In the first episode “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” he is introduced with a big gesture, in episode 2 he deserves one of the first scenes: Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) is obviously of great importance in the Amazon Prime series. But why Elrond (Robert Aramayo) should help him and what exactly Celebrimbor wants to create is not revealed – the “how” is ultimately more important, as he says himself.
So what does Celebrimbor want to make in the mighty forge that Elrond and the dwarves are supposed to build for him? In the English original version of “The Rings of Power” you can already see what’s going on here, but this detail is lost in the German version: He wants to create something “of real meaning,” says Celebrimbor, while speaking of “real power” in English – as in the series title, The Rings Of Power.
Beware of possible spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power!
You may have guessed it by now: Celebrimbor is the one who forges the titular Rings of Power. In the books by JRR Tolkien, however, he doesn’t do this alone.
Firstly, in Tolkien there is a whole group of Elf-smiths in Eregion, the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, of which Celebrimbor is but the largest and most gifted. However, this grouping could be dropped in The Rings of Power for the sake of simplicity.
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Secondly Celebrimbor and Co. are assisted in forging by a certain Annatar – who, however, is none other than Sauron in disguise. And this part will most likely also be shown in the series, after all this is a very central part of the tragedy of the story of the Second Age:
As Celebrimbor says in Episode 2, he wants to give back something beautiful to the peoples of Middle-earth after the elves brought war here. But then he succumbs to the temptation in the form of Sauron and unintentionally gives Sauron the opportunity to subjugate humans, elves, dwarves and co.
However, Sauron’s plan does not go quite so smoothly: thanks to his help, Celebrimbor creates the nine rings of men (the bearers later become the ring spirits, the Nazgûl) and the seven rings of the dwarves (which, however, resist Sauron’s influence). However, Celebrimbor creates the three rings of the elves entirely without Sauron/Annatar and they are ultimately of great importance in uncovering his plan: he wants to subdue everyone else with the One Ring.
Like all of this in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power“ and how much of it is already shown in the first season, we will find out in the next few weeks. Episode 3 will be released on September 9, 2022 at 6 a.m. on Amazon Prime Video. You can find out more about Celebrimbor in the above video from minute 14:30.
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