The Lord of the Rings series got the best episode and forever changed the view of Middle-earth
We're just two episodes away from the climax of the biggest fantasy of our time - Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power.
While Amazon's big-budget novelty may boast the title of the best-looking series of our time, it's been far from flawless in terms of content so far.
The stench from the unconvincing first five episodes has been completely swept off the table by the latest episode. The latter finally brought life to the series and wedged viewers into their seats with an epic finale that fans will be talking about for weeks after the last episode premieres. The article contains spoilers from the sixth episode.
A shift for the better in all directions
The sixth installment of the Lord of the Rings series came with the symbolic title Udûn, which means hell in the Elvish language, and is definitely one of its highlights. Unlike previous episodes, the plot focuses solely on the characters of Galadriel and Arondir, whose paths have finally come together.
This happens in spectacular style, with Arondir and his human allies defending themselves against an outnumbered enemy, and Galadriel and the Horsemen of Númenor coming to their aid.
The action is top-notch and reminiscent of the most accomplished action moments from Jackson's film trilogy, but the filmmakers aren't afraid to spice up the battles with their own ideas. The arrival of the Horsemen of Númenor, for example, is particularly impressive.
In quieter moments, we also learn more about the character of Adar, the disfigured elven leader of the orcs, who in conversations with Galadriel sheds light on the history of the orcs and also brings his own motives to light.
Against the backdrop of action-packed events, the authors thus develop the main characters of the series and bring the ambiguity of the struggle with evil into the plot. Galadriel becomes blinded by her desire for revenge, while Adar expresses hope that the orcs have suffered enough and, like other races, they too have a claim to their own land. Tolkien never addressed similar considerations in his works.
It will forever change the way we perceive Middle-earth
The latest episode thus delivers a hearty mix of an action component with meaningful character development, even if the occasional cliché can still be felt in few places of the plot. The writers saved the best for last, though, and the series spectacularly interprets one of the key events of the entire Tolkien universe - the creation of Mount Doom, into which Frodo and Sam tossed the Ring of Power at the end of the film trilogy.
The circumstances under which Mount Doom, also known as Orodruin, came into being are the subject of great debate among die-hard fans, thanks to Tolkien's ambiguous interpretation. In the prequel, Mount Doom was created by the Dark Lord Morgoth during the First Age, but Tolkien does not describe the specific details.
So the authors decided for their own interpretation and gave the iconic place of Middle-earth a completely new look. Along with Mount Doom, Mordor is also created during the finale of the sixth episode, which Galadriel watches with despair.
The series is also preparing for the arrival of Sauron, who later forges the One Ring of Power in Mount Doom and triggers a protracted war in Middle-earth that leads to the destruction of majestic kingdoms and the deaths of key characters.
Although last episode of the series brought to as some revelations, we are still waiting for answers like who is the mysterious wizard who fell from the heavens, is the prophecy of Númenor's destruction true, and will we see Sauron at all?
If you are impatient and can't wait for the next episodes, you can check my previous articles where I tried to provide answers for some of this questions.