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Rings of Power episode 5 explores Glorfindel and Balrog’s backstory, Mithril’s truth, teases Numenor’s war in Middle-Earth, Nori and Harfoots’ journey & more

Rings of Power episode 5 explores Glorfindel and Balrog’s backstory, Mithril’s truth, teases Numenor’s war in Middle-Earth, Nori and Harfoots’ journey & more

Rings of Power episode 5 is all about Numenor’s preparation for the battle in Middle-Earth, to restore Lord Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) as the King of Southlands, following episode 4’s warning from the Valars. However, the heir rather chooses swordsmithing over heritage while Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is stuck between convincing Halbrand to take up his sword and Queen Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) to stay on her path. Meanwhile, High King Gil-galad’s (Benjamin Walker) true intention in seeking Khazad-dûm is unearthed by Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and to no one’s surprise, they are indeed after Mithril. but the ore’s connection to a century-old tale suggests it could be the Elves’ last hope of survival and to stop the growing Evil. Here is a recap of the finest moments from the fifth chapter. 

Even with five episodes down, the Rings of Power season 1 storyline continues to thread on mystery while LOTR fans are patiently waiting to see Sauron and the war against the Orcs in Middle-Earth. But the latest segment titled “Partings” rather begins with a light-hearted montage of the Harfoots’ migration and Nori Brandyfoot’s (Markella Kavenagh) family traveling with the help of the giant old wizard-y man. But trouble still finds them as Nori and Poppy (Megan Richards) are cornered by a pack of Wolves. However, the bearded man stops the creatures with an energy bust by slamming his fist to the ground. His supernatural abilities have some fans speculating if he could be the reason behind the yellow tree’s decay at Lindon.

Speaking of Lindon, Durin’s (Owain Arthur) dinner with the Elves initially does not bode well, raising Elrond’s suspicion that he may have been deceived by Gil-Galad, especially when he questions Moria’s prince saying, “Khazad-dûm has been called the quietest of Dwarven kingdoms, but in recent months, your furnaces are said to be burning as bright as the yes of Aule himself.  Your mines delving ever deeper. To what do you credit this new invigoration?”. Elrond soon learns the High King sent him in hopes of knowing the whereabouts of Mithril but sadly not out of greed but rather for the sake of vanquishing Evil and saving the Elf race.  

In Rings of Power episode 5, The High King is convinced the ore contains the light of the lost Silmaril. Even Elrond is forced to question when he recounts the tale of the battle between a pure-hearted Elven warrior (possibly referring to Glorfindel) and Balrog of Morgoth in the peaks of the Misty Mountain. In the fight of good vs. evil over a Tree, amidst the unending duel, a bolt of lightning struck the tree. “Forging of their conflict, a power pure and light as good. As strong and unyielding as evil.” Gil-Galad seems convinced its power seeped down the roots into the depths of the mountain. After Celebrimbor’s (Charles Edwards) confession, Elrond is sadly stuck in the predicament of breaking his oath to Durin for the sake of his race.

Rings of Power episode 5 casts doubt on Adar being Sauron

Meanwhile, at Numenor, the Men readying for battle seem too excited, unaware of the gruesome atrocities that await them in the Southlands. Could Galadriel’s training efforts have paid off? Let’s hope so and with Isildur also traveling alongside his father, Elendil, there could be more than meets the eye than viewers are aware.

Over at the Southland’s watch tower, Brownywn’s (Nazanin Boniadi) attempt to sway her people to fight back fails when Waldreg (Geoff Morrell) convinces them that swearing fealty to Sauron is the only hope of survival. But Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin) does not follow him and surprisingly even tells the truth about the Evil hilt to Arondir (Ismael Cruz Cordova). He reveals that it has something to do with Adar’s (Joseph Mawle) desire to turn into a god. Though sadly, the people led by Waldreg may have been misled into believing Adar was Sauron, the cryptic scene setting confuses viewers to the point where speculations are thrown out the window.

Rings of Power episode 5 ends with Elrond confessing to Durin about the true mission that brought him to Khazad-dûm. Fortunately for the Elf, the Dwarf prince sees through his friend’s true intention and decides to inform his Father/King of the Elves’ need for help. 

Unless Rings of Power episode 6 picks up the pace and unleashes audiences to breathtaking war sequences in the Southlands, the show risks being branded as a snoozefest largely due to poor writing even with its impressive landscape visuals and compelling CGI bringing Tolkien’s lore to life. 

On the bright side, Rings of Power has done an impressive job at highlighting Durin and Elrond’s friendship, and their dynamic shares a resemblance to that of Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli’s (John Rhys-Davies) bond in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Moreover, the two characters have also been the comic relief of the series so far, especially in this episode when Elrond realizes Durin fooled the High King into sending off the tabletop slab stone to Moria. 

Let’s hope Durin and Elrond’s relationship remains unaffected even in the face of more odds. Rings of Power episode 7 will air next week on Friday via Prime Video.




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