Who Is the Brother of Galadriel? Finrod of “The Rings of Power” Explained

Here is all the information you need to know about Finrod Felagund, who makes a lengthy cameo appearance in the first episode of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Galadriel’s brother. The first episode of Amazon’s eagerly anticipated TV series, which is set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Second Age, flashes back to brighter times. During the Years of the Trees, a young Galadriel makes boats in the blessed land of Valinor while being tormented by other elf kids (ok, not that happy). Galadriel gets into a fight that she unquestionably would have won if it had continued but is yanked out of it by her older brother Finrod Felagund.

Will Fletcher’s Finrod gives his younger sister some advice based on his experience as a sibling, but when war breaks out against the dead Vala Morgoth, Finrod goes on the quest for Sauron, the villain’s senior lieutenant. Galadriel claims that Sauron outwitted Finrod and delivered the first blow. After the War of Wrath, his body was found, now covered with deep claw marks and the symbol of Sauron. Galadriel, played by Morfydd Clark, inherits her brother’s will and his sword, and she becomes fervently determined to defeat Sauron on her own.

Only a small portion of Tolkien’s original persona is explored in this brief but significant role in “The Rings of Power.” While Amazon also rings substantial alterations to how Galadriel’s brother met his fate, much more floats beneath Finrod’s iceberg. What more can be learned about this powerful person from the First Age?

In “The Rings Of Power,” Finrod’s Departure From Valinor Is Very Different.

The Rings of Power is a significantly condensed account of the Elves’ journey from Valinor to Middle-earth. The Oldor clan was led by their king, Fanor, who sought to retrieve the Silmarils Morgoth stole at the same time as his lumberjack pranks rather than a heroic journey to defeat Morgoth and avenge the Two Trees of Valinor. The departure of the Oldor, also known as the Flight of the Oldor, was not in accordance with the Valar’s wishes and included horrifying atrocities committed by Fanor’s adherents against other Oldor.

Finrod and Galadriel joined this expedition from Valinor to Middle-earth, although not because they agreed with Fánor, but rather to keep from abandoning their people. In fact, after learning of Fanor’s brutal betrayals, their father would give up the journey and head back to Valinor, leaving Finrod and Galadriel to continue on to Middle-earth. The Rings of Power glosses over another painful fact: Finrod left his true love, Amari, in Valinor.

The First Age of Middle-earth Was Under Finrod’s Rule.

The history lesson in “The Rings of Power” episode 1 gives the notion that Finrod rode from Valinor to Middle-earth with the sole purpose of destroying Sauron. But in J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology, Finrod has a considerably bigger part in the early growth of Middle-earth, and his deeds have an impact on both The Lord of the Rings and “The Rings of Power.”

Finrod founded the first Minas Tirith, to begin with. After serving as a watchtower against Morgoth for several centuries, Minas Tirith was overrun by Sauron, who used the stronghold as a base of operations when Mordor was still just a glimmer in his flaming eye. Minas Tirith is far farther north than its Third Age Gondor equivalent. Finrod had already moved on to more challenging endeavors by the time Minas Tirith was destroyed.

The Vala Ulmo appeared to Finrod and showed the elf a secret network of underground tunnels because Finrod never deserted the Valar like that annoying Fanor (and because others in Valinor wanted Morgoth vanquished). Finrod would create Nargothrond, a massive metropolis that was nearly impenetrable and over which he reigned as king fully hidden from Morgoth’s view. Both Minas Tirith and Nargothrond perished before the Second Age of “The Rings of Power.”

How the Lord of the Rings is impacted by Finrod’s friendships

The relationships he formed along the road, rather than the fortresses he established, were what determined Finrod’s power in Middle-earth. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s First Age, working alliances were formed between these opposing species, which resulted in far less fighting between Elves and Dwarves than in “The Rings of Power” and The Lord of the Rings. Finrod was one of the friendliest collaborators; he helped build Nargothrond with dwarven assistance and generously compensated his hairy workers. The Lord of the Rings still makes reference to Finrod’s cordial relationships with the Dwarves (who in their own tongue called him Cave-Hewer), as Gimli sings of “great monarchs in Nargothrond” during The Fellowship of the Ring. Gimli’s respect for Finrod’s sister, Lady Galadriel, during his visit to Lothlórien is subtly influenced by this past.

Only Finrod’s relationships with the Men of Middle-earth, whom he came into contact with purely by accident, surpass these diplomatic attempts with the Dwarves. Finrod shared his wisdom with these mortals, became fluent in their language, adopted their practices, and assisted in mending a rift with the neighborhood green elves (who never made the voyage to Valinor, and stayed in Middle-earth). Finrod became particularly close to the House of Bor and extended an invitation to Bor to live out the remainder of his days in Nargothrond. The House of Bor is one of three houses that settle on Numenor in the Second Age, and this connection again proves to be important in subsequent tales. The lineage of Bor extends all the way to Elendil and Isildur, and of course, Aragorn from The Lord of the Rings.

Why Finrod’s Death Is Changed by “The Rings of Power”

In “The Rings of Power,” Galadriel played by Morfydd Clark is quite clear about how her brother Finrod died: Finrod fought the Lord, and the Lord triumphed. His death as described by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Silmarillion is noticeably different from what Amazon does in the live-action Finrod, which is arguably the biggest alteration.

A series of significant wars between Morgoth and the Elves, leading up to the decisive War of Wrath, characterize Tolkien’s First Age. One of the most infamous of these battles, the Dagor Bragollach, left many elves dead. If Barahir, a member of the House of Bor, had not intervened to save Finrod, he would have been one of those dead. Naturally, the noble Finrod made an oath to Barahir by giving him his ring as a token of friendship. This ring, which represents the tie between Men and Elves, would later be given to Arwen by Aragorn.

Beren, Barahir’s son, invokes Finrod’s oath even though Barahir himself does not. Going above and beyond for parental approval, Beren journeyed to Nargothrond and asked Finrod to keep his word by joining the mission in order to satisfy the father of his girlfriend, the elf princess Lthien, who was his girlfriend. Only then would Galadriel’s brother openly pursue Sauron, not to kill him but rather to steal one of the legendary jewels belonging to Fanor and win his buddy a wife. Tragically, Sauron kidnaps Beren and Finrod’s group and led them to Minas Tirith, the Dark Lord’s new watchtower, where they were imprisoned. Finrod gave his life to save Beren while he was a prisoner here.

“The Rings of Power” changes Finrod’s journey from one of friendship to one of revenge, ostensibly to give Galadriel, played by Morfydd Clark, a more compelling reason to find Sauron. Galadriel’s vow to purge Middle-earth of all evil is explored in depth in “The Rings of Power” episodes 1 and 2, and the loss of her older brother serves as a rationale for her insatiable inner fire. There’s no denying Finrod becomes a plot device for his sister rather than a character in his own right. Whether Finrod’s entire background needed to be erased in order to achieve that will be up to “The Rings of Power’s” audience to decide.

Why Galadriel & Finrod Are So Close In “The Rings Of Power”

The majority of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings about the relationship between Finrod and Galadriel as siblings deal with their adulthood, but it is obvious that the two remained close as Galadriel frequently traveled to Nargothrond to see her brother. Galadriel and Finrod shared a special bond, according to Tolkien, and “The Rings of Power” follows suit by essentially deleting the other two brothers. The mythology of The Lord of the Rings canonizes a brother-and-sister relationship, yet Galadriel has never actively sought retribution. Galadriel never set out to assassinate Sauron or the forces of evil; she was nonetheless glad that Finrod kept his word to Barahir and the episode very definitely made her hatred for them even stronger.

The relationship between young Galadriel and Finrod is compared in “The Rings of Power” to that of human siblings, with the older sibling looking out for the younger one. The conceptions of “big brother” and “little sister” were frequently less prominent than “The Rings of Power’s” flashback suggests due to the elves’ immortality, but this is not necessarily a contradiction. Tolkien also wrote about elf familial dynamics in a more formal tone. This uniquely human portrayal of sibling love is probably intended to make Morfydd Clark’s character’s personal journey more sympathetic as she fiercely pursues Sauron’s head.

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