The text below contains SPOILERS!
The 3rd episode of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ is now available and features a major new antagonist called Adar (Joseph Mawle).
Before we talk about him, it’s good to remember that the focus of the plot focuses on the arrival of Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) e Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) to the island kingdom of Númenor, but there we also discover what happens to Arondir (Ishmael Cruz Cordova) after he was captured by orcs in last week’s episode.
The elf is taken to a well, where he is dismayed to find that his brothers-in-arms have also been arrested and are being forced to dig tunnels for the orcs, as they must remain underground to avoid sunlight.
One of the orcs threatens to drag Arondir to Adar if he doesn’t cooperate, so the elves suspect that Adar is one of Sauron’s names.
However, after a failed escape attempt that results in the death of nearly everyone except Arondir, we are finally introduced to the mysterious Adar.
Though he’s only glimpsed in a blurry scene before the credits roll, the character’s ears give away that he’s an elf!
The credits reveal that Adar is played by Mawle (‘Game of Thrones’), and rumors had already pointed out that he would be playing an elf in the plot.
Apparently, Adar can be revealed as an Elf who was corrupted by Sauron’s influence and now leads his orc army.
It’s worth remembering that Adar has never appeared in any of JRR Tolkien’s written novels, but it looks like he’s being positioned as the main villain in this 1st season of the series.
That’s because the executive producer Lindsey Weber denied that the white-eyed character played by Bridie Sisson be Annatar (Sauron’s god form), so it’s not sure if Sauron will have a big role… at least for now.
Now we just have to wait while the episodes reveal new answers.
The new epic drama brings to the screen for the first time the legendary story of the Second Age of Middle-earth from J.R.R. Tolkien. Starting in a time of relative peace, thousands of years before the events of Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they face the dreaded resurgence of evil on Earth- average.
“This is a title that we imagined could be on the spine of a book alongside other JRR Tolkien classics. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of the Second Age of Middle-earth: The Forge of the Rings, the Rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.” said the showrunners JD Payne e Patrick McKay. “Until now, audiences have only seen the story of the One Ring on screen — but before there was the One, there were many… and we are excited to share the epic story of them all.”
The main cast consists of Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman e Sara Zwangobani.
It is worth remembering that the production has already been renewed for the 2nd season.
The novel trilogy by Tolkien was originally adapted for cinema between 2001 and 2003, winning 17 Oscar statuettes, including the Best Director award for Peter Jackson and Best Film in 2004 for ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King’. Later, the franchise also gained a trilogy. prequela entitled ‘O Hobbit’.