As evil rises in the sixth episode of the series, the geography of Middle-earth changes…
As “The Rings of Power” slowly draws to a close, the volcanic eruption we saw at the end of episode six will have major implications for the rest of the season and the entire future of Middle-earth.
Adar’s (Joseph Mawle) presence in the Southern Territories has been a threat from the start of the series. In chapter six, we saw this happen, and the inevitable war has finally begun. Although the Southerners were victorious, thanks to reinforcements from Númenor, Adar’s plan, as we learned he was one of the first Elves converted by Morgoth, was not simply to conquer the South.
Adar’s faithful servant, Waldreg, uses the power of the mysterious sword hilt we first saw in Theo’s (Tyroe Warden) hand to put the grand plan in motion. With this object, a key to unleashing evil rather than a sword hilt, the floodgates opened and water flowed through the tunnels the Orcs had dug, causing the volcano to erupt. Thus, the importance of the tunnel-digging scenes of the Orcs, which we saw in the previous episodes, was thus revealed.
While the tremors and explosions that started during the victory celebration caused great surprise to Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), Arondir (Ismael Cruz Cordova), Halbrand (Charlie Vickers), Elendil (Lloyd Owen) and everyone else, the Orcs immediately realized what was happening and started to shout “Udûn”. We saw. This word, which also gives the episode its name, means “Hell” in Sindarin. At the same time, the name of the region with volcanic volcanoes in Mordor and the famous Mount Doom are located in this region. While there are no indications in the series that the erupting volcano is Mount Doom, it’s not entirely impossible…
We saw how the Southern Lands turned into Mordor when the volcano erupted and the whole world turned into hell, literally. We saw the region, which will be called “Udûn” from now on, as the place where the black gates of Mordor were in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. There is no detailed information in the Tolkien texts about how Mordor became Mordor as we know it. With this move by the writers’ team, who wanted to fill this gap, we got a glimpse of this part of the story.
It was emphasized in chapter six that Adar saw the Orcs as his sons, not slaves. We know, thanks to the Lord of the Rings, that sooner or later Sauron will conquer this realm where he wants to make a home for the orcs. An important point of this episode was that Adar, who we got clearer information about who he was, said that “he split Sauron in half”. We will probably look at the relationship between these two characters in more detail in the coming chapters, perhaps when we begin to see Sauron in person, and Udûn will play an important role in this relationship.