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A new theory of The Rings of Power suggests that Sauron is already manipulating the Elves. The last episode sees Galadriel sailing to Middle-earth with the forces of Númenor, while High King Gil-galad tells Elrond that they need Mithril to survive as his tree is slowly being poisoned by darkness, meaning his own light is fading. Before proceeding, note that there are book spoilers ahead.
In JRR Tolkien’s works, Sauron masquerades as Annatar, who works with the Elves to forge the Rings of Power, so we can probably expect to see this on the show. According to a Reddit user (opens in a new tab)However, Annatar may already be pulling the strings. “If Annatar is already working, that means she has manipulated the Elves into firing their main rival, she is poisoning the tree to make them believe their end is near and forcing them to urgently build their forge before they take the time to do it”. think hard about the decision”, says the theorist. Gil-galad sent Galadriel away in the first episode, she was definitely the one most committed to hunting Sauron, so if Annatar is in Lindon, that might as well have been her doing .
Celebrimbor is also rapidly building the forge in Eregion, planning to seize the dwarves’ mithril to save the elves. It would make a lot of sense if Sauron is behind this decision – in the book The Fellowship of the Ring, Elrond tells the story of the “elven smiths of Eregion and their friendship with Moria, and their quest for knowledge, by which Sauron caught Because at that time it was not yet evil to behold, and they received his help and grew mighty in cunning, while he learned all their secrets, and betrayed them, and secretly forged on the Mountain of Fire the One Ring to be their Master. ” Swap the quest for knowledge with the quest for Mithril, and it would appear that this stage of Sauron’s plan is already in the works.
The theory also points out that Annatar could have been the one who convinced the Elves that the light of the Silmarils was needed to rescue them, which could separate the dwarves and the Elves. In the episode, Gil-galad has Elrond tell a story that he sees a battle over a Silmaril, jewels containing the light of the Two Trees in Valinor, hidden within a tree. An Elf imbued the tree with pure light, while on the other side, a Balrog sent his hatred into the tree. During the battle, lightning struck the tree, which is how Mithril was formed. That would mean that Mithril contains the light of a Silmaril, but currently it can only be found in the dwarves’ mine, and Durin strongly suspected that Elrond had only come to search for the precious metal. It’s easy to see how this could cause a major breakout.
“Meanwhile, his main adversary is on a wild goose chase, led by one of his pawns and the other allowing himself to be set up for Númenor to fall, thinking that he, too, will become some kind of god. There’s no way that’s a coincidence that Pharazôn and Adar are believing that they will both ascend somehow,” the theory continues. Pharazôn believes that “when this is all over, the Elves will take orders from us”, and Adar believes that he will become a god. So it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Pharazôn is acting on Sauron’s orders.
The theory also points out that Sauron has laid the groundwork for the various races of Middle-earth to hate each other, adding that the Stranger, who could be Gandalf, will be too late to stop the plan from unfolding, but could expose the actions. of Sauron enough. for the war to break out. In essence: Annatar could be out there and pulling the strings this whole time.
We’ll have to wait and see if any of this theory turns out to be true, but for now, we’re pretty convinced. Check out our The Rings of Power release schedule to find out when the next episode drops in your time zone, or round out your watch list with our guide to the best shows on Amazon Prime Video.