news culture The Rings of Power: who is the real king of Númenor in episode 4 of The Lord of the Rings Amazon series?
With the broadcast of its fourth episode, the series The Rings of Power seems to want to position itself at a pivotal moment in the entire history of the kingdom of Númenor. But where does the population’s rejection of the Elves come from and who is this “true ruler” that Galadriel demands to see, angering Míriel?
This text is based on the elements referred to in episode 4 of the series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power streamed on Amazon Prime Video. Spoilers are indicated by tags, it’s up to you to consult them or not.
The Númenoreans: A Divided People
In the story Akallabeth from SilmarillionTolkien tells how the Númenóreans became more and more preoccupied with the idea of death to the point of seeing the people divided. Under the reign of Tar-Ancalimon already, the Elendili (or “friends of the Elves”) gave themselves the name of Faithful, in opposition to the party of the King’s Men who were hostile to the Eldar and the Valar whose immortality they envied. But the fear of the Númenoreans towards the divine powers was still sufficiently anchored in them so that they did not dare to violate the Prohibition of sailing too far towards the West.
Over time, alas, the Númenoreans increasingly neglected to worship Eru Ilúvatar, and when Adûnakhôr, the twentieth of the Kings of the House of Elros, ascended the throne of Númenor, he abandoned the use of Elvish languages which were even forbidden in his presence. Three generations later, King Ar-Gimilzôr let the White Tree wither before banishing the Elvish languages entirely, even punishing those who welcomed ships from the West. The friendship between the Númenoreans and the Elves was broken and the Faithful condemned to exile.
Tar-Palantir, the misunderstood
In a context where only the Lords of Andúnië (the most honored house after that of kings) still dared to defend the Elves and secretly revere the Valar, King Inziladûn’s attempt to restore ancient usage by adopting the Elvish name of Tar -Palantir found no echo. The one whom all praised for his wisdom and foresight tried in vain to bring the Númenorean people to repentance, even predicting that when the White Tree perished, the line of kings would be extinguished.. But only his daughter Míriel paid any real attention to it, and Tar-Palantir spent more and more time reclusive in the ancient tower of Tar-Minastir, consumed by bitterness and sadness.
Stop the prophecy
By presenting King Tar-Palantir in an extremely advanced state of decline, episode 4 of the series Rings of Power therefore seems to want to position itself at a pivotal moment in the history of the kingdom. For, on the death of the king, according to the law of the Númenoreans, the scepter was to return to his daughter Míriel, which did not respect Pharazôn, nephew of Tar-Palantir, who usurped the throne by taking his cousin Míriel as his wife against her will. , thereby committing a double ignominy. His reign will drag down the whole kingdom. At the time of episode 4, aptly titled “The Great Wave” in reference to the submergence of Númenor announced by the prophecy , the regent queen Míriel is tormented by the premonitory vision delivered to her by the palantír inherited from her father, one of the Seven Stones of Vision. She fears the worst for her kingdom and refuses to see her people revolt again by reconnecting with the Elves. Míriel therefore hopes to stop the prophecy by chasing Galadriel from the island, but the decision is not easy to make. And when everyone sees the petals of the White Tree fly away, a concrete illustration of the beginnings of the prophecy, the queen regent makes a decisive speech for the future of Númenor.
Episode 5 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere Friday, September 23 on Amazon Prime Video.