Warning: major spoilers ahead for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 5! Come back now if you haven’t seen the latest episode on Amazon Prime Video!
Rings of Power episode 5 brings nothing but pessimism to the Elves. High King Gil-galad shows Elrond that their tree is decaying, meaning their own light is fading from them, and both Gil-galad and Celebrimbor are convinced that the only way to save all Elves is of death is the precious metal Mithril, which is being mined by nearby dwarves. However, in the last episode, Elrond promised his friend Durin that he would not tell anyone about the Mithril, so Elrond refuses to tell the Elves if the metal is in the mines or not.
But, when Elrond mentions the oath to Celebrimbor, the elven smith begins to tell the story of Elrond’s father, Eärendil. He went to the Valar, who are essentially gods, to ask for his help in fighting Morgoth. It was a dangerous quest that, in the writings of JRR Tolkien, carried a death sentence. Ultimately, Eärendil was successful and his life was spared, and he now carries the Evening Star across the sky, as Elrond tells Durin in episode 4.
“I was there, Elrond, the night your father sailed,” Celebrimbor tells him. “A mortal man who believed he could convince the gods themselves to come to war to our aid. I heard your mother begging him not to go, asking, imploring, why, why does it have to be him? And you know what? he said? Because he was the only one who could do it. The story has a visible effect on Elrond, and the next time we see him, he’s talking to Durin about Mithril, so it seems that this story of his heroic father has made him change his mind.
But… there is a small problem with this story, as the readers of the book point out. It just can’t be true if the story sticks to Tolkien’s works. For one, at this point in the Lord of the Rings timeline, Elrond’s mother, Elwing, is actually a bird. A Valar transfigured Elwing after she jumped into the ocean to protect a Silmaril (a jewel containing the light of the Two Trees in Valinor).
Elwing then flew to find Eärendil on his ship, and together they decided to sail to Valinor. So there is no way that Celebrimbor could have heard Elrond’s parents before the journey, as they were both already at sea when they chose Valinor as their destination. Y Elwing was a bird, which Celebrimbor would surely mention. They also went to Valinor together, so Elwing would not have begged Eärendil to stay.
“Does anyone else feel that Earendil of Celebrimbor’s story is intentionally inaccurate for Elrond to break?” asks a person on Reddit (opens in a new tab)while another says (opens in a new tab): “Really, he’s manipulating Elrond with every line of dialogue.”
Someone else (opens in a new tab) thinks Sauron might already be at work: “I wonder if that meeting mentioned in episode one that Elrond wasn’t invited to wasn’t just because they decided he was going to work with Celebrimbor. I’m thinking maybe Sauron/Lord of Gifts It was there and that’s why the corruption starts right after. Something’s wrong with Lindon.” Lord of Gifts, or Annatar, is a guise Sauron adopts to trick the Elves, and another theory has already explained how he might be working behind the scenes to manipulate the Elves.
However, Elrond has previously said that his father “alone” traveled to Valinor, so he doesn’t know the truth or the show omits his mother’s role in the journey. Whether Celebrimbor is deliberately manipulating Elrond with a lie or if the show is making some changes to the story remains to be seen. For now, though, it all looks very suspicious.
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