‘The Rings of Power’ Episode 5 Reveals White-Hooded Figures From Trailer — Who Are They?

[Warning: The following contains MAJOR spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 5, “Partings.”]

We’re greater than midway by way of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and new characters are nonetheless being revealed. Episode 5 of the Prime Video sequence ultimately launched the mysterious hooded folks clad in white robes seen within the trailers. “Partings” doesn’t reveal their identification simply but. Rather, they seem in a single brief scene inspecting a chunk of land. But Tolkien followers have been speculating about their identification for the reason that enigmatic group flashed throughout our screens this summer season.

The predominant principle about The Rings of Powers‘ white-hooded figures is that they’re a part of the Cult of Melkor despatched to the realm by Sauron. Melkor is considered one of Morgoth’s monikers — the villain vanquished within the conflict within the First Age of Middle-earth and Sauron’s mentor. The Cult has a big presence within the Second Age.

Reddit customers debated this principle following The Rings of Power trailer launch this summer season, citing their obvious use of darkish magic as hints they aren’t the hero kind. And for what it’s price, they do look spooky as hell.

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The Cult of Melkor is a Morgoth-worshipping group established by Sauron. When Sauron was in Númenor within the Second Age, he satisfied Ar-Pharazôn and his folks (sure, Pharazôn might ultimately usurp Queen Regent Míriel) to worship darkness and Melkor, declaring himself the High Priest. He had a tower constructed the place human sacrifice of the “Faithful” was made.

One of the cloaked figures in Episode 5 actually has a non secular, priestly look about them. They shroud their buzzed head within the white veil, wears a type of metallic harness that appears ceremonial, and carries a employees. The head of the employees’s design resembles the Eye of Sauron on the prime of the Barad-dur tower, at the least in form. As for the folks standing behind them on the ledge, one appears to be a guard and the opposite appears to be carrying some type of gilded disc, obvious followers of the 2 hooded beings.

In their transient scene in “Partings,” the determine with the employees seems to be down upon their companion, who’s inspecting the Stranger’s crash site. Could Waldreg have been proper in Episode 4 when he mentioned the falling of the meteor marked Sauron’s return to Middle-earth? Galadriel discovered in Episode 3 that Sauron’s mark was map main his followers to the Southlands, which is near Mordor.

Meteor Man crashed down into the North-East area of Rhovanion, the place the harfoots have been camped out. That area can also be near the Southlands, the place the orcs have been attempting to find Theo’s black sword hilt. Episode 5 noticed the hobbit ancestors migrating to their subsequent residence, and this ominous group may very well be following shut behind them. Whomever these cult-looking creatures are, they appear to be monitoring Meteor Man.

White-hooded figures in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 5

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If you imagine the Stranger is Sauron, then the doable Cult of Melkor’s presence in Episode 5 may very well be one other trace supporting that principle. Another second in Episode 5 may additional persuade you.

The Stranger lastly will get to talk within the Episode, albeit his phrases are few. Nori (Markella Kavenagh) has been educating him her language as he helps her household of their migration (the migration montage, by the best way, options Poppy singing a Tolkien track with the well-known line “not all those that wander are misplaced”). But one second close to the tip of the episode appears to vary their dynamic.

The Stranger saves Nori, Poppy, and Malva from sure loss of life when they’re attacked by a wolf-like creature in a misty wooden. He sustains an damage on his proper forearm within the tussle, and Nori later sees him performing some type of highly effective magic in a small pool of water to heal himself.

Ice begins to type, and it begins to crawl up the Stranger’s arm. Nori tries to snap the hypnotized man out of it, grabbing his arm to take action, however her hand almost breaks off when it too will get frozen onto his arm. The magic ends with a blast, sending Nori flying. Her arm remains to be in tact, however she’s now fearful of her pal.

Is it simply me, or is there a parallel between the ice the Stranger types and Sauron’s stronghold in Forodwaith? Galadriel made observe of the icy kingdom’s evil essence within the premiere’s prologue, and with the sunny Shire to match to, ice positively appears to represent evil on this story’s world.

The Stranger additionally learns the that means of phrases like “kill” and “unhealthy” in his classes with Nori, and he fears he’s unhealthy as a result of he killed the fireflies. This sort nature is a stark distinction to his malevolent one when wielding magic. We’re nonetheless but to be taught if his kindness is a entrance (aka he’s Sauron), or if, for some motive, he can’t but management his magic. Could he be a wizard in spite of everything?

Episodes 6 and seven are mentioned to be two of the season’s most vital. The season will finish with Episode 8.

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