Yes, guys, we made it. After eight episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and tirelessly brood over hints, teases, and almost literally winks at the camera, Amazon Prime The Lord of the Rings prequel it was finally revealed that we were fine, and that Sauron was in fact Halbrand (Charlie Vickers).
That’s a good thing, as it would be a missed opportunity if he didn’t, which the Polygon crew thought in his first shot – right? exciting if only human existing with Galadriel, who pulled her from Sundering SeasIs it Sauron, the great evil she’s been hunting for years and the scourge of (future) Middle-earth?
It colors every scene with him in it, even though there are Bigger mysterious character no one can explain. Even if it doesn’t align correctly with extended loretheoretically, Galadriel could sense Sauron, then always a vibration. Perhaps the positive moment between them with the dagger was (forgive me) a double-edged sword, and indeed a sign of his wickedness. It is or he is the most boring character alive, which is saying something for Rings of Power.
If Halbrand’s sudden heel turn doesn’t happen to you – well, what’s to say; We’ve been updating this post for weeks now, using all of our red thread on what turned out to be a completely accurate conspiracy theory. Here’s an additional piece of evidence related to the first season that points directly to Halbrand’s mischief:
- Here is a sample of a brief quote, given by Halbrand in episode 5: “You don’t know what I did. You don’t know how I survived.” “What do you know about darkness?” He also stated he would be “removed” if his secret was revealed, and apologized to Galadriel for the death of her brother (who had “was killed“By Sauron).
- Adar is out of the race as Sauron in episode 6, but he did share a series of accusatory moments with Halbrand, who clearly feels himself wounded in some way by Adar’s campaign against Sauron. During their meeting, Halbrand cryptically states that Adar should know who he is (because Halbrand almost killed him), then makes Adar actually wonder, “Who are you?” when both are alone for short periods of time. There isn’t much about these interactions that could stand out more than making Halbrand a tragic Middle-earth hero. But combined with the rest of the show, yes anything else there…
- He’s a brutal fighter, as shown in the alley scene from episode 3, and doesn’t seem to have much fear of hurting those around him.
- Halbrand is an original character to Rings of Powerand apparently from episode 3, the production has some kind of plan for him and he’s not just a character for Galadriel to present. But we don’t think there’s really much to this theory, although it’s pretty funny.
- It would just be neat, narrative, if all Halbrand said wasn’t lie, but that’s only half the truth. For example, when he says things like “I’m not the hero you’re looking for” – stop!
- However, oddly enough, his story is actually very specific and not connected to any canon. Even though the name “The Southlands” sounds like the Southrons, judging by their position on the map shown, they are not actually to the south, but to the far east, beyond Mordor. Tolkien never shed light on the culture of any of the peoples of that region. (We know a few things about Rhûn, but you can see, that area is quite far northeast of Mordor.) We do not know of any kings from that region, or even monarchies or systems of government. Huh.
- It would then be the premier prequel to write a scene in which Galadriel inadvertently encourages Sauron to become Sauron. That kind of dramatic irony always tastes best when it’s done well. Especially when she is fiercely fighting the world for him and he decides to just hide in glimpses. We know that the Sauron of this era was called “fair” (meaning pale, but also beautiful); while Halbrand may or may not fit this bill, he is at least the most cunning and astute. Those are the exact traits someone would have to have in order to have a bunch of people make rings for him.
- Wait, wait, the first thing he shows interest in other than staying out of trouble is get a job as a blacksmith? And then, in the fifth episode, he creates an elaborate sword that appears to stun a local guild employee.
- Straight, Rings of Power focus too much on obvious mystery boxes, and we think some subversion really feels like it’s good to pull the rug out of someone.
- He convinces Galadriel to relax and stay in Númenor…
- When he gives Galadriel a dagger, it’s the moment that unites them and it’s what has the potential to save her neck in Númenor. Then again, it also only gives her the ability to wreak havoc. And so far, even if he seems to be helping the situation, Halbrand still seems to the best for themselves and worst of all, the kind of agent that causes chaos.
- The only catch is that this will be a huge difference from how Tolkien framed Sauron’s post-war with Morgoth’s re-appearance, where he disguised himself as a Valar messenger known as “Annatar” “. And he will have to leave Númenor and go to Middle-earth so that he can start working with Celebrimbor.
- The first line of the show – “Nothing is evil in the first place” as said by Galadriel – is taken from Tolkien’s text about Sauron, who was corrupted by Morgoth. It could go back to Halbrand being just an ordinary guy also corrupted by the evils of the world. But it can also be a tree: With Rings of Power leaning more towards the gray of Middle-earth heroes, perhaps it will spread some of that to its villains as well.
- If the Stranger is Gandalf and not being a backpacking bird this would let me down, and I’d love this show to last an olive branch.