Four Iconic LOTR Locations’ Origins May Be Revealed Through “Rings of Power”

“The Rings of Power” offers a rare chance to explain the founding of four famous Lord of the Rings places. Even the most ardent detractors must laud the enormous, intricate landscapes in “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” because Amazon spared no money. The geographical map of Middle-earth in The Rings of Power is drastically different from the geography Lord of the Rings readers would be familiar with… but not entirely different. It is set thousands of years before Gandalf coaxes Bilbo Baggins out of Bag End.

Though never before shown in live-action, places like Valinor and Nmenor are crucial to the First and Second Ages. Other locations, such as the town of men known as Tirharad, were made especially for “The Rings of Power.” A few historical places from “The Lord of the Rings will be depicted dramatically differently in Amazon’s Middle-earth. For instance, the ancient dwarf realm of Khazad-dûm is now a humming, prospering mine rather than an orc-infested graveyard.

“The Rings of Power” will visit many more tourist attractions along the route, perhaps even ones that the Fellowship passed through in The Lord of the Rings. “The Rings of Power” may also demonstrate how four Middle-earth fortresses, kingdoms, and provinces came to be because the story takes place so far in the past.


This smoky region of Middle-earth was ideal for Sauron’s plans despite millennia of potential colonists being repelled by Mordor’s volcanic geology and arid soil. After Morgoth was vanquished at the conclusion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s First Age, but before reemerging among the elves as Annatar halfway through the Second Age, the Dark Lord took Mordor as a base of operations. “The Rings of Power” appears to start during this period of transition before Sauron returns. Sauron spent around 500 years constructing Mordor into a stronghold from which he could rule Middle-earth. The oppressive black realm from The Lord of the Rings, ruled by the tower of Barad-dûr, which was finished around the time “The Rings of Power” were made, might be seen by viewers as Sauron transforms Mordor from a dusty lump of rock.


Rivendell is well-known as Elrond’s picture-perfect elvish kingdom from The Lord of the Rings, the setting for memes and the inspiration for Fellowships. Rivendell, while iconic, is unlikely to exist at the start of “The Rings of Power”; instead, Eregion and Lindon serve as the elf-hubs of Tolkien’s Second Age. Rivendell was established by Elrond during the War Between Sauron & The Elves, not long after the Rings were created, although “The Rings of Power” season 1 picks up Tolkien’s mythology before Sauron makes a return. Rivendell is a relatively new elf habitat. According to the Amazon video, Robert Aramayo’s Elrond doesn’t seem to be in charge of his village yet. This suggests that “The Rings of Power” could eventually describe how a siege of Sauron’s armies leads Elrond to construct Rivendell, giving the history of this iconic Lord of the Rings castle, but probably not during its initial run.


Isildur and his father Elendil are there right away in “The Rings of Power,” even though neither of them should have been born until much later because Tolkien’s Second Age is condensed into a single time frame. “The Rings of Power” will finally tell the story of Nmenor’s destruction, a divine cataclysm that spares only a select few who flee to Middle-earth, if all five planned seasons are produced. One of these survivors, Isildur, settles in Middle-earth and helps his brother establish the Kingdom of Gondor, the fabled country of men extensively portrayed in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. If Isildur’s post-Nmenor existence is depicted in “The Rings of Power” long enough, viewers may witness how his ancestors transformed Gondor into the opulent state that Aragorn will one day rule.

The Shire

Hobbit migration from highlands near the Misty Mountains and Anduin river to the region that would later be called the Shire explicitly took place during the Third Age, notwithstanding J.R.R. Tolkien’s unclear treatment of hobbit and Shire beginnings. However, there were hobbits throughout the Second Age, and one of the three early hobbit breeds, the Harfoot, is depicted in “The Rings of Power.” “The Rings of Power” may provide an explanation for its impetus, even though it is far too early for the Shire to start building. The curious hobbits Nori (Markella Kavenagh) and Poppy (Megan Richards) long for a life outside the limitations of their race. “The Rings of Power’s” exploits with Nori and Poppy may eventually encourage the Harfoot family to look for a more permanent residence; in fact, this search may lead to the establishment of the Shire a few hundred years down the road.

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