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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power It already comprises a great set of characters, even if we’re barely past the prologue of this ambitious five-season venture, but the centerpiece of this conflict remains Galadriel, or, to be more precise, a much younger version of the character you know. . Peter Jackson’s film trilogy.
For an elf, creatures generally supposed to be as patient as mountains and as serene as a mellifluous river, young Galadriel is certainly quick to anger and too easily led astray by her emotions. Not only has this created a jarring contrast to the infinitely wise Lady of Galadhrim that we are used to seeing, but it has also led to the majority of the general viewers not appreciating the heroine and her recklessness.
However, if Morfydd Clark herself has anything to say on the matter, you’re not supposed to like Galadriel in her current state, who has all but confessed that she’s only driven by hatred and a desire for revenge. In her own words during a recent chat with Total Film:
“I wasn’t obsessed with people liking me. And this is what is so special about the character of Elrond. He is half elf. He is a kind of summer. He is diferent. Elves don’t make people feel comfortable. And they are rare. So it’s been really nice to explore that side and, in particular, to explore that sympathy isn’t necessarily part of the power of it. His deepest fear is being evil. And that’s because it’s not unimaginable. And for her to truly be seen by the person she sees as one of the most evil is very confronting.”
In the context of this narrative, Galadriel is after Sauron because he killed his brother Finrod. In the silmarillionSauron does indeed kill Finrod after a grueling duel, or rather, he has one of his wolves do it for him. But the rings of power the authors have used this occasion not only as a throwaway wink, but as Galadriel’s entire incentive in this relentless quest.
Will he finally overcome this darkness and find peace again? Or will we see Galadriel succumbing to even lower depths, short of that final redemption? I guess just time and more power rings episodes can answer that question.