This is what Númenor will be like in The Rings of Power, Tolkien's Atlantis that confronted and imprisoned Sauron
We revisit the history of Númenor, a major location in the story of Sauron and The Rings of Power, the Lord of the Rings series for Prime Video.
Númenor has been a major location in Sauron's fascinating history and many wonder what its role will be in The Rings of Power. Back in the Second Age, when Sauron proclaimed himself King of Men and Lord of Middle-earth, the inhabitants of this huge island shaped like a five-pointed star did not take the news so well and gathered an army to hunt down the future Dark Lord. Far from being a suicide mission, their troops were such that Sauron surrendered without a fight and was taken prisoner.
As you may guess, the story does not end there, and it does not end well, but leads to the escape of the shapeshifter. Sauron poisoned the mind of the king of Númenor, convincing him to set him free and send him to conquer new territories in his name (as Valinor). And because of this, he ended up unleashing the sinking of the island as punishment and retaliation against the gods. Something like Atlantis. In fact, in Tolkien's mythology, this "sinking" caused the world to stop being flat and become a globe.
Back to The Rings of Power and whether we will see Númenor in the series, boy, will we see it. The showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, confirmed that we can "expect to see the fall of the Númenor represented on screen". It will be the first time it appears in an adaptation of The Lord of the Rings and its creators have wanted to take care of all the details of this partnership. "It was one place that we were just laser-focused on. It's never been seen before. People have some ideas of what elves look like or what dwarves look like and what those kingdoms might look like. But Númenor was, in some ways, a blank canvas."
At the head of the island of Númenor is Queen Míriel (played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and it will be a sort of paradisiacal location full of political tensions. Its inhabitants are humans with elven blood, they flirt with immortality, and are divided between those who feel closer to the elves and those who seek a future among men. Míriel leads his people with the help of Pharazon, faithful advisor and important character in the fall of the kingdom, whom we have already seen in some images.
"When you see these epic statues and this wonderful masonry, you're walking through the mind of a person that's burdened by his mortality and is very concerned about what legacy he's going to leave behind" explained Payne and McKay. The two will explore not only the island but their allies across the sea, such as the young Isildur, Aragorn's direct ancestor who will lead the Men in the battle against Sauron.
In addition to the story of Númenor, in the last few days, we have also reviewed the mysterious black sword in the trailers and the fall of the Nazgul. The Rings of Power is already making rivers and rivers of ink flow and it has not yet been released. It will be released on September 2 on Primer Video.
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