‘Rings of Power’ Trailer Easter Egg Sets Up Breakthrough Lord of the Rings Disaster

Very little has was officially published on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The highly anticipated Amazon series is set to serve as a prequel to the the Lord of the Rings trilogy and will take place thousands of years before Bilbo Baggins falls on the One Ring.

But outside of its setting and the general knowledge they have of the Second Age of Middle-earth, the Lord of the Rings fans still don’t have much information about the actual plot of power rings. Even the video posted by Amazon with the title of the show reveals few details.

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That said, the video includes a subtle reference to an epic moment that power rings should bring the screen to life for the first time.

Condemned to die — The title announcement video of power rings depicts the literal forging of the show’s logo, and is narrated by an unidentified speaker (likely Galadriel from Morfydd Clark), who recites part of the Ring Verse. The poem describes the creation and distribution of the 20 Rings of Power, beginning with those made for Elves, Men and Dwarves.

Notably, when the narrator says, “Nine for mortal men doomed to die,” the video shows a rush of water flooding the show’s logo. It’s a clever, easy-to-miss easter egg referencing the catastrophic destruction of the island kingdom of Númenor.

A map of Numenor.Amazon Studios

Drowned under the sea — Númenor is an island gifted to the Edain, the Fathers of Men, by the Valar (the celestial beings of Tolkien’s world) for their efforts to aid the Elves at the end of the First Age of Middle-earth. And in the centuries since its creation, Númenor rises to become a truly powerful force, so much so that even Sauron is afraid of the Númenórean armies.

However, Númenor was a gift given with an important caveat: the Númenóreans were never allowed to sail west towards the Immortal Lands, for no mortal Man is allowed to set foot on the shores of Valinor. For many centuries, the rule has been respected. It is not until the kings of Númenor grow proud and bitter at being denied the same immortality as the Elves that the decree of the Valar becomes a point of contention among the Númenóreans.

This is a sensitive point that Sauron exploits. Delivering himself to the Númenóreans just over 3,000 years into the Second Age, Sauron poisons the minds of King Númenórean and his followers, and corrupts them into believing they can take immortality by force. His deception leads the Númenórean army to sail west until they reach the Immortal Lands, intent on forcing the Valar to give them eternal life.

As you can imagine, the conquest fails. The Valar appeal to the creator of the universe, who responds to the arrogance of the Númenóreans by sinking Númenor and its citizens under the sea. Only a few Númenóreans survive the destruction of their kingdom, some of whom found Gondor.

Minas Tirith, a city founded by exiled Númenóreans, as seen in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.New line cinema

the Reverse To analyse – To say the story of Númenor and its destruction is epic would be an understatement. It has the potential to be a cinematic TV moment on the same level as something like The Wall coming down in. game of thrones. This is the ultimate tragedy, and the moment Sauron’s ability to manipulate the minds of men becomes clear.

In other words, it definitely looks intentional for water to flood the screen in the rings of power title announcement video at the exact moment its narrator mentions “mortal men” who are “doomed to die”.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres September 2, 2022 on Amazon Prime.

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