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Who is Elendil in Rings of Power and Lord of the Rings?

September 10, 2022

Eagle-eyed fans will always be looking for connections to The Lord of the Rings trilogy when they dive into episodes of The Rings of Power.

Developed by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay for Amazon Prime Video, the series is based on JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and its appendixes and is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth.

This places thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and what followed. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t characters that audiences will get to know.

We have Galadriel and Elrond but Elendil might not be as noticeable…

Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), Charlie Vickers (Halbrand) sitting together in The Rings of PowerRings of power © Prime Video

Who is Elendil in Rings of Power?

Episode 3 – titled Adar – finds Galadriel and Halbrand rescued by a ship and they quickly try to figure out if they’re in danger.

In the end, they are safe, and the ship is steered by none other than Elendil.

The character was in The Lord of the Rings and featured in the battle of the Fellowship of the Ring prologue. He’s played by Peter McKenzie in the trilogy, while Lloyd Owen tackles the role in The Rings of Power.

He attempts to fight Sauron and is easily killed by the towering figure. He is also a character in Tolkien’s novels and was the one who brought the survivors of Númenor to Middle-earth before his fatal encounter with Sauron.


Lloyd Owen may be familiar

The 56-year-old British Welsh actor has previously starred in several TV projects, including silent witness (he played Det. Supt. Mitchell), To clean (Swanny), You, me and the apocalypse (President of the United States), and Death in paradise (Dr. Sam Blake).

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On the other hand, he also acted in films such as The man with the heart of iron (Commander Schuster), Free ride (The Captain), and Apollo 18 (nat).

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“It is clear how important it is”

Lloyd recently sat down with Juicee News to discuss his role and reflected on the importance of the character in the larger Lord of the Rings lore.

“Since I’ve read the books and how many times he’s been referenced, it’s clear how important he is to everyone in the Third Age, to all men at least, down to Aragorn who is his 38th fullback. -grandson. He’s kind of a hero archetype.

He continued: “What we discover especially since we do this job and that we rub shoulders with fans who know much more than me, is how dear Elendil is to the hearts of everyone, and it is surprising because there is very little written about him.”

The Rings of Power streams exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.

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