While the villainous Sauron will be familiar to most fans of JRR Tolkien’s work, whether through his books, the Peter Jackson movies, or just in passing, Morgoth’s name is one only die-hard fans will know, though. be one of the most important. characters from Middle-earth history.
However, as Amazon’s new series The Rings of Power is set shortly after his defeat, Morgoth’s name is sure to pop up everywhere and pique the curiosity of viewers unfamiliar with the character.
But who is Morgoth and what exactly is his significance for the story of Middle-earth and the Rings of Power?
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Who is Morgoth in The Rings of Power?
Originally known as Melkor, Morgoth is the original Dark Lord of Middle-earth history and was the master of Sauron.
Its story began with creation itself as before Middle-earth existed there were beings known as Ainur, basically angels in Tolkien’s universe, who were created by Eru Ilúvatar, the omnipotent creator of all things.
Melkor was the most powerful of the Ainur, but his beliefs differed from those of his creator and fellow Ainur as he had a dark side which he used to terrible effect.
When the world of Middle-earth was created – known as Arda, Melkor and his fellow Ainur entered this new realm and became known as Valar and Maiar.
But while many Ainur sought to refine this new world in their creator’s vision, Melkor sought to dominate Middle-earth and its population of Men and Elves.
To assert his dominion and cover the world in darkness, Melkor committed a number of terrible deeds which led to him being cursed by the first peoples of Middle-earth who gave him a new name, Morgoth, the ‘Black Enemy of the World.
Morgoth’s Dark Deeds
In the early days of Middle-earth, before the creation of the sun, the light of the world was provided by Two Lamps, known as Illuin and Ormal, but in his quest to cover the lands in darkness, Melkor destroyed them.
He then proceeded to recruit followers to his side, including several of the Maiar who became Balrogs, huge fiery creatures like the one Gandalf faces in Moria, and Melkor’s greatest servant, Mairon, who would become the second Middle Dark Lord. earth, Sauron.
After the destruction of the Two Lamps the Valar created the Two Trees of Valinor to provide light to the world but again Melkor made it his aim to destroy them and did so with the help of the spider primordial, Ungoliant, an ancestor of the great spider, Shelob.
In his destruction of the Two Trees, Melkor slew the Elvish king Finwë and stole three beautiful gems known as Silmarils. His actions sparked a fierce reaction from Finwë’s son, Fëanor, who gave Melkor his new name, Morgoth.
With Middle-earth threatened with destruction, a sailor named Eärendil sailed to Valinor to persuade the Valar to retaliate against Morgoth, leading to a cataclysmic conflict known as the War of Wrath.
Finally, the Valar were able to defeat and capture Morgoth and banish him to the Timeless Void, ending the First Age and setting the stage for The Rings of Power.
Galadriel is in search of her ally Sauron in The Rings of Power
The Rings of Power is set in the aftermath of the War of Wrath and Middle-earth finds itself in a period of relative peace.
However, after fighting and losing her brother during the war, Galadriel remains suspicious that evil could ever return and suspects that Morgoth’s greatest servant, Sauron, is still alive.
At the start of the series, she is still searching for the Great Enemy despite those around her berating her for her continued vigilance.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 2, 2022.
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