Morfydd Clark, who plays Galadriel in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”, believes her Galadriel will not be the same woman fans may remember from the film trilogy. Lady Galadriel is an elven queen who holds one of the Rings of Power, and she was originally played by Cate Blanchett in “The Lord of the Rings” and its prequel, The Hobbit. Galadriel becomes the Fellowship’s ally when they set out to destroy the One Ring, bestowing a gift to each member to aid them in their quest.
“The Rings of Power”, set thousands of years before The Hobbit and “The Lord of the Rings”, will include a younger Galadriel. Galadriel is the Commander of the Northern Armies in this portion of the history, as depicted by one of the first photos from the episode. Galadriel wears a coat of armor, complete with battle scars and a sword on her back, in contrast to the ethereal beauty represented in director Peter Jackson’s films.
Galadriel’s portrayal in “The Rings of Power”, according to Clark, will be significantly different from that in “The Lord of the Rings”. She recently spoke to Empire about her time on set, describing it as “like being on a school trip.” Clark revealed that she got to do a lot of “swimming, riding, [and] climbing,” implying that Galadriel will feature a lot more action than in previous films. She added:
“I had to find that balance between someone who has got an element of the eternal but hasn’t yet seen it all. Don’t expect the same character that you meet later on.”
Given that “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is a precursor, it wouldn’t make sense for Galadriel to be as mature as she was in “The Lord of the Rings”. Galadriel, like any other character in a good novel, must grow and evolve, and “The Rings of Power” will need to illustrate the events that formed her into the strong force she becomes. Galadriel will be a tad scrappier than her older, more graceful version, according to The Rings of Power. And, unlike Blanchett’s character, who was famed for her wisdom and moral compass, Clark’s Galadriel will almost certainly make mistakes that will affect the plot’s outcome.
While changes between the younger and elder Galadriel are to be expected, “The Rings of Power” has the issue of depicting the character in a way that isn’t too far off from the source material. Early features of the program, such as Galadriel’s armor insignia — not to mention her usage of firearms in general — have already been criticized by Lord of the Rings aficionados. Of course, one shouldn’t pass judgment until the first episode is released. “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will launch on Amazon Prime Video on September 2nd.