Regardless of its standing as a prequel, Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy nonetheless has a lot to show us concerning the historical past of Center-earth, or a minimum of its model of that historical past. Whereas the present’s newest episode covers many various bases, maybe its most attention-grabbing has to do with the historical past of mithril, a legendary elf, and the Misty Mountains themselves.
[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 5, “Partings.”]
Episode 5’s glimpse into Center-earth’s previous got here throughout this episode’s dialog between Excessive King Gil-Galad and Elrond. When Elrond refused to disclose data he discovered from Durin — because of his oath final episode — Gil-Galad requested him to recount The Track of the Roots of Hithaeglir.
Elrond describes the poem as depicting a battle between a pure-hearted elf warrior and a balrog of Moria over a ravishing tree on the high of the Misty Mountains. Based on the legend the tree was thought to include one of many misplaced Silmarils, a set of gems over which the battle with Morgoth was fought.
In an try and preserve the tree pure, the elf poured his mild into it, whereas the balrog tried to deprave it with its personal evil and darkness. Within the midst of this battle, the tree was struck by lightning, and its essence seeped deep into the Misty Mountains under and fashioned mithril.
In fact, till Durin and his individuals found the legendary stone under their halls in Khazad-dûm, nobody knew for positive that mithril was actual, nevertheless it appears Gil-Galad had all the time suspected it, and was holding out hope that it may very well be mined.
However why is mithril so necessary to the Elves? As a result of, apparently, of one other tree. After explaining the origins of mithril, Gil-Galad exhibits Elrond over to a different tree, one which’s slowly succumbing to corruption. This, Gil-Galad says, is an outer manifestation of an inside actuality: The elves remaining in Center-earth are dwindling in energy, dropping their affect over the world round them. Solely infusing the remaining elves with mithril — which incorporates the ability of the Silmarils, which derives from the sunshine of the traditional timber that when grew in Gil-Galad’s homeland — can the elves be entire once more.
Amidst all of this lore, it’s most likely price noting that the majority of that is an invention of the present reasonably than of Tolkien’s authentic work. Tolkien by no means offered a concrete origin story for mithril, and it was found in mines apart from Moria, similar to these in Númenor as effectively. With all these modifications, it’s exhausting to say how mithril might ultimately get used within the collection, however we do know that it has an necessary half to play as Rings of Energy continues, particularly as soon as the rings themselves seem.