Already in the fourth episode “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” it became clear what exactly Adar (Joseph Mawle) and his orcs are looking for: They want the mysterious sword that Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin) found and closely with Sauron appears to be connected. In episode 5, however, we learn even more about Adar’s plans – and about the role that the sword plays in it.
Arondir (Ismael Cruz Cordova) suspects that the sword is a key after Theo showed him the mysterious weapon. A key that was once used to conquer the ancestors of the people of the Southlands. This is shown by the statues that Arondir discovers in the watchtower of Ostirith, which according to Amazon was not built by the Elves but by the followers of Morgoth. There we see a prostrate figure being pierced by the blade of the sword:
And probably also a key that serves to unleash the power of evil. Arondir himself brings two reasons come into play for the fallen elf to be after the weapon: Adar spoke of wanting to become a god. And he wanted to give the orcs a home. This is also revisited in a previous scene in Episode 5 where Adar talks about wanting to black out the sun.
But how does Adar intend to achieve this? In order to see through the whole plan, you have to pay close attention to whenever cards appear in the series. Then the area referred to as the Southlands in The Rings of Power is actually later Mordorwhich just doesn’t have that name at this point.
You can see that well in the following map excerpt from episode 3. Here we see the big tree where Arondir and the other captured elves have to dig and near which the orcs and Adar have their camp. and north of the tree are Ostirith and the surrounding villages and Mount Doom (here named by the Elvish name Orodruin), into which Frodo and Sam cast the One Ring many thousands of years later:
So Adar’s plan is to turn the Southlands (or at least part of them) into Mordor and darken the skies, so that the sun-sensitive Orcs feel more comfortable there. And at least this part of the plan must come true, after all, the devastated and darkened Mordor will later play an important role in Middle-earth, as seen in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” films, for example.
One way the landscape in the Southlands could change permanently and the sky darken: The Orodruin erupts – the lava flows would destroy the land, the ash clouds blocking the sunlight. And at some point the volcano, which currently seems to be inactive and just a mountain, has to erupt. Eventually Sauron will forge the One Ring in it… So maybe the key and the volcano have something to do with each other.
But the question remains whether Adar wants to do all this for Sauron – or for himself. And with that, whether he plans to become a god alongside Sauron or whether he wants to replace him.
In episode 5, Adar reacts quite angrily when Waldreg (Geoff Morrell) mistakes him for Sauron. Is that because he doesn’t want to be compared to Sauron because he despises him? Or that he finds it outrageous when someone mistakes him for his master, to whom he is faithfully devoted?
“The Rings of Power” has so far failed to provide an answer to this, however Based on the evidence so far, we’d rather guess that Adar and Sauron aren’t exactly on good terms, but rather competitors for the title as the new Dark Lord. So on the one hand there would be a fallen Elf who regards the orcs as his children, on the other hand Sauron, for whom the orcs were and will probably never be more than interchangeable foot soldiers.
It would be an interesting development to show that not everyone pulls together on the side of evil either. We may find out whether this will happen as early as September 30, 2022 in Episode 6 of “The Rings of Power”, in which apparently many storylines converge…