Explanation of the massive Rings Of Power Mithril retcon
Explanation of the massive Rings Of Power Mithril retcon

Explanation of the massive Rings Of Power Mithril retcon

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Warning: spoilers ahead of time for The Rings of Power episode 5The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power puts the myth in mithril with a ridiculous twist that isn’t actually as crazy as it sounds. Episode 2 of Rings of Power revealed that Moria’s father-son duo Durin made an enlightening discovery deep in their mountain. Commonly known as mithril, this rare substance is the fabric from which Frodo’s shirt is woven in The Lord of the Rings: a metal so light and strong that it was worth more to the Dwarves than gold. The timeline is perhaps a bit wrong, but the discovery of Moria mithril in the Second Age of Middle-earth largely fits into JRR Tolkien’s legendarium.

Episode 4 of Rings of Power later saw Durin IV tell Elrond that mithril represented a brighter future, but the extraction process carried great danger. King Durin III was also terrified that the Elves would learn of the new mineral of Moria and crave mithril for themselves, which means that Elrond is forced to sign Middle-earth’s equivalent of an NDA.

Through The Lord of the Rings, audiences knew that the Elves would discover mithril eventually, but aside from this lonely detail, the backstory of The Rings of Power mithril seemed to be over. By the way… Episode 5 of The Rings of Power (“Partings”) reveals a huge secret behind mithril that completely overturns the mythology of Middle-earth and makes the mineral far more important than anyone would have imagined.

How Mithril was REALLY created in the rings of power

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power writes a totally new origin for mithril. According to High King Gil-Galad, the Elves have an ancient legend that many consider little more than a fairy tale called Hithaeglir’s Song of the Roots. Once upon a time (the date is not given, but considering the context we are looking at in the late First Age, around the time of Finrod’s death) an unnamed elven warrior dueled with one of Morgoth’s Balrogs in the Misty Mountains . This elf had discovered one of the three precious Silmarils hidden in a tree atop the rocky rocks and tried to reclaim it, while the Balrog wanted to extinguish the stone instead. The Silmarils were jewels made by Fëanor, but stolen by Morgoth and brought to Middle-earth. Fëanor has sworn to himself and his descendants a blood oath in the name of their claim, which means that the nameless elf in this legend is likely a Son of Fëanor fulfilling his family duty.

According to the legend of the Elves, this elf poured his light (more on this later) into the tree to protect it. The Balrog reacted by barring the tree with its darkness. Along came a bolt of lightning to strike the tree and combine the light of the Silmaril with the nearby forces of good and evil, sending a wave across the mountain. This process created a special mineral within Moria that glowed with the glow of a Silmaril, possessed the strength and strength of a Balrog, but had the weightlessness and grace of an elf. The Dwarves of Khazad-dûm would later discover this mineral and mithril was born.

As the Silmaril myth of The Rings of Power rewrites Canon

The new Rings of Power mithril mythology is a fairly striking rewrite of several aspects of JRR Tolkien’s work, starting with how a Silmaril got stuck in a tree. The movements of the Silmarils are well documented after their arrival in Middle-earth: two were kept by Morgoth and then lost forever after his defeat: one under the sea, the other in the depths of the earth. The third Silmaril was taken by Morgoth and passed from one owner to another (never further east of today’s Lindon) before ending up on Eärendil’s head, and The Rings of Power has already confirmed that the story of Elrond’s father is a television license. When and how a Silmaril ended up in a tree at the top of the Misty Mountains is, therefore, a mystery.

The warrior-elf in the Gil-Galad myth may be a Son of Fëanor, and the Balrogs were Maia corrupted by Morgoth, so the battle itself is successful. Unfortunately, the elf who pumps his magical light into the tree has a less obvious connection with Tolkien’s lore. The Calaquendi were elves blessed by the sight of the Two Trees of Valinor, and they became more mystical and powerful than relatives who had never witnessed those luminous trunks. The Rings of Power plays the Calaquendi more literally. The live-action Elves of Middle-earth are spoken of as batteries filled with light. They can bestow this gift on others, but ultimately they need to be recharged into Valinor.

But by far the biggest change in The Rings of Power is the reformulation of mithril as a creation born of three forces of Valinor: light, dark and a Silmaril. In Tolkien’s lore, mithril was present in nature – just really useful stuff that the Dwarves pulled out of the rocks.

What does Gil-Galad mean with the dissolving light of the Eldar

Rings of Power’s mithril retcon is such a great explanation for what is basically just a piece of mineral: good mineral, but mineral nonetheless. Mithril plays a small role in the history of Middle-earth: Durin’s Gates, the Baggins’ shirt, the way the Balrog was awakened… and that’s pretty much it. Yet, in the name of creating a new origin for this substance, The Rings of Power reworks both the history of the Silmaril and the biology of the Elves, as well as creating a new First Age legend. It’s like bothering to buy an entire house just because you really like the backyard shed, but The Rings of Power’s enlightening mithril lore actually has a deeper purpose…

Gil-Galad and Celebrimbor reveal a huge secret about Elrond: the Elves are gradually fading away. As The Rings of Power explains, living in Middle-earth away from the light of Valinor is bad for the health of the Elves, and when the glow within them wears off, the Noldor themselves will seemingly diminish. There are two possible solutions to this difficult situation: return to Valinor and immerse yourself in the light of him again (but abandon Middle-earth to Sauron), or find a source of that light somewhere in Middle-earth. Mithril is that alternate source, and if Gil-Galad can convince the Dwarves to part with enough stuff, they can stay in Middle-earth for another 3,000 years or so.

The disappearance of the elves is somewhat inspired by Tolkien. As The Lord of the Rings begins, the Elves have begun to feel diminished and are migrating across the sea to Valinor, where the effects will cease. But their fading wasn’t caused by a lack of light juice or anything so tangible. Tolkien’s idea was that as the Second and Third Ages progressed, the age of the Elves would come to an end and the time of Men would begin. The “vanishing” was a natural transition from one race to another, but going west would relieve the Elves’ weariness. Tolkien never suggests that sticking two lumps of mithril into an elf’s ears would allow them to remain in Middle-earth.

The Rings Of Power’s Mithril Retcon explains each mystery

Rings of Power’s mithrilology may be wild and deviate massively from established continuity, but the story of Gil-Galad’s elf and Balrog makes more sense than one might think at first glance. Mithril has always been found exclusively in Moria and the bizarre origin of The Rings of Power would explain why the mineral is limited to a single location in Middle-earth. We can also perhaps assume that the Balrog that struck the tree with darkness is Durin’s Bane, and may have descended to Moria to defeat the Silmaril light trapped in the mithril.

Tolkien wrote that the Elves of Gil-Galad heard the rumors of the discovery of mithril and established the Eregion with the intention of trading with the neighboring Dwarves of Moria. Although these events are reinterpreted for The Rings of Power, the myth of the Elves about a Silmaril struck by lightning at the top of the Misty Mountains could explain how those “rumors” began. Finally, the public can also rest easy knowing why Durin eventually granted the Elves access to mithril after initially doing everything to keep the discovery a secret. The very existence of the Elves depended on mithril, so either the Dwarves weren’t numb enough to let an entire race die, or (more likely) Durin and his people realized they could literally charge the Elves anything for their mithril. and get away with it.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power continues Thursday / Friday on Prime Video.

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