‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy’ Episode 4 Recap: Who’s the Burned Elf?

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy has added a significant new query to its litany of mysteries. Together with “Who’s The Stranger?” we will now surprise: “Who’s the burned elf main the orcs?”

Now that the sinister new character (performed by Joseph Malwe) has been revealed in episode 4, “The Nice Wave,” the large shock is that he’s not an orc, or a manifestation of Sauron (as a few of Arondir’s companions theorized.) As a substitute, he’s a dwelling elf—and we don’t see many elves in J.R.R. Tolkien’s lore who facet with evil. So who’s Adar, and why is he serving to the Darkish Lord?

Tolkien’s appendices to The Lord of the Rings novels, The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales edited by his son Christopher present some clues. We will additionally discover a number of different burning questions from this episode: What’s mithril? What’s the Mirrormere and the place have we seen it earlier than? And what are the Palantiri orbs that reveal the doomsday prophecy that offers this episode its identify?


As defined within the earlier episode’s recap, “Adar” is Tolkien’s elvish phrase for “father,” and it’s the identify the orcs overtaking the Southland use for his or her mysterious chief. Now we’ve seen who they’re speaking about, and he seems to be an elf himself. He is acquainted with Arondir’s house area of Beleriand, which was largely destroyed within the Battle of Wrath that first defeated Morgoth and his apprentice Sauron. He even is aware of the river that ran north to south within the space.

Now, the mysterious Adar is making preparations for Sauron’s return. He tells Arondir that he has been taught many lies, however doesn’t specify what these are. As a substitute, he releases Arondir to hold a message to the Southland people who’ve fled the village and brought shelter within the deserted elven watchtower. In the event that they give up and serve him, they dwell. If not … 

However who is Adar? What’s his true identification? Arondir doesn’t acknowledge him, however ought to viewers? The highminded and ethereal elves very seldom gave in to darkish impulses, however Tolkien does embrace a number of in his legendarium. Two, specifically, stand out as possible suspects for the thriller being generated right here by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay:


This elf from the First Age hailed from Beleriand, the identical place Adar referenced to Arondir, and was a blacksmith who developed new strategies of metalworking. He devised a singular black alloy referred to as galvorn, that could possibly be solid into weapons or armor. When Adar euthanizes a wounded orc in The Rings of Energy, be aware the obsidian-like black blade. Irrespective of who the so-called Adar finally ends up being, that’s virtually definitely a galvorn Easter egg.

Eöl was a merciless determine, who was horrible to his spouse Aredhel and their son Maeglin. Whereas he was away visiting some dwarf allies, she fled to her authentic house within the elven realm of Gondolin. An enraged Eöl hunted down his personal spouse and youngster, killing her with a poisoned spear. He was sentenced to dying for the crime. When he was hurled from the Caragdûr, a steep cliff, he referred to as down an eternal curse on his son earlier than he died.


Sadly, the curse appears to have caught. That’s why Eöl’s son Maeglin is outsecond, and maybe almost certainly, guess at Adar’s true identification. The black dagger he makes use of to finish the orc’s life on this episode may nonetheless be galvorn, a relic of his hated father. 

Additionally, Adar tells Arondir he went down the river in Bereland “as soon as,” and Eöl would have traversed it many occasions. Plus, there’s one different main clue in The Rings of Energy about Adar—the burn scars on his face.

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