The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Electricity has stored just one issue key and safe and sound for the entirety of its production: Who in the exhibit is actively playing the position of chief antagonist, the notorious Dim Lord Sauron? In the show’s third episode, we acquired one more character to toss into the pile of Sauron Potentials. And then, in the fifth episode, that idea was uttered out loud.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for episodes 3 and 5 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.]
From the pretty initially times of the third episode, the title Adar is on characters’ lips. Arondir and a slew of individuals and quite a few elves have been captured and push-ganged into digging orc tunnels, and the orcs appear to report to anyone referred to as “Adar.” Arondir’s elf buddies even speculate out loud that Adar is a different identify for Sauron.
In the episode’s remaining scene, Arondir is dragged in advance of a figure who appears to be to be Adar, but is shot in a heavy blur that obscures his characteristics. In the fourth episode, the two have a conversation that only makes Adar’s origins additional mysterious.
Who is Adar?
We don’t know. It’s just as most likely he’s an primary character designed for Rings of Ability as he is Sauron — even though that unique theory took a hit in the fifth episode (more on that in a sec). In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron had intermediaries involving himself and orcs on the entrance strains — generals, captains, Nazgûl, heralds like the Mouth of Sauron — and allies who labored for his aims, like Saruman. Adar could be some thing related, a corrupted gentleman of the Southlands.
Episode 5 made the possibility of him currently being Sauron a large amount murkier. When a team of guys travel to Adar and his band of orcs to pledge fealty and beg for mercy, one of them assumes Adar is Sauron, and even asks, “You are Sauron, are you not?” This angers Adar tremendously, who does not directly answer but grabs the gentleman by the throat and calls for a sacrifice.
Even with that indignant non-solution, it is technically achievable that he’s Sauron, despite the fact that we can securely file it beneath “unlikely.” At this era in the 2nd Age, Sauron was making up his 1st foothold in Mordor, neighbor to the show’s Southlands. He could even now take actual physical kind at the time, and utilised his means to shapeshift to look in a truthful and helpful way. Underneath the title Annatar, he claimed to be an emissary of the gods and confident Celebrimbor to educate him ringcraft, inevitably placing his secret little enchantments on the lesser rings.
Arondir’s companions be aware that Sauron went by numerous names, and it could be that in Rings of Electrical power, Adar is 1 of them. Arondir notes that Adar is an elvish word — it most likely usually means “father” in just one of the two elven dialects that Tolkien designed, which we know from Tom Bombadil’s elven identify, Iarwain Ben-adar, which signifies “Oldest and Fatherless.”
Could Adar be Sauron underneath a new identify? Probably not. Halbrand however looks like the most likely Sauron candidate of the people we have achieved. And possibly the most significant notify Adar will not be exposed as the Darkish Lord himself is that Arondir’s elf buds presently suggested that aspect out loud. Hell, maybe he’s Tom Bombadil.