The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Harper Collins Publishers, New Line Cinema, Tolkien Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television

Middle Earth

Amazon Prime Video original drama The Rings of Power premiered September 1, 2022.

#LOTRonPrime is the most expensive TV show of all time at $1 billion dollars.





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imdb: 6.9



Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Harper Collins Publishers, New Line Cinema, Tolkien Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television, Morfydd Clark
Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Harper Collins Publishers, New Line Cinema, Tolkien Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television, Morfydd Clark
Galadriel, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Studios, Harper Collins Publishers, New Line Cinema, Tolkien Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television, Morfydd Clark

Galadriel

Commander Galadriel is hell-bent on hunting down her brother’s murderer Sauron through Middle-Earth.

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“Nothing is evil in the beginning. And there was a time when the world was so young, there had not yet been a sunrise. But even then there was light. It’s not going to float. It’s going to sail. Stop! No, don’t! Stop, you’ll break it! Stop! Don’t! Stop, you’re breaking it! Stop!” — Galadriel

“I made it just as you taught me. But sometimes the lights shine just as brightly reflected in the water as they do in the sky. It’s hard to say which way is up and which way is down. How am I to know which lights to follow? But that seems so simple. You won’t?” — Galadriel

“We had no word for death. For we thought our joys would be unending. We thought our light would never dim. So when the Great Foe, Morgoth, destroyed the very light of our home… we resisted. And a legion of Elves went to war. We left Valinor, our home, and journeyed to a distant realm. One filled with untold perils and strange creatures beyond count. A place known as Middle-earth.” — Galadriel

“They said it would be over quickly, but the war left Middle-earth in ruin. And would last centuries. Now, we learned many words for death. In the end, Morgoth would be defeated. But not before much sorrow. For his Orcs had spread to every corner of Middle-earth, multiplying ever greater under the command of his most devoted servant, a cruel and cunning sorcerer. They called him Sauron. My brother vowed to seek him out and destroy him. But Sauron found him first and marked his flesh with a symbol. One whose meaning even our wisest could not discern. And there, in the darkness, his vow became mine. And so, we hunted. To the ends of the Earth we hunted Sauron. But the trail grew thin. Year gave way to year. Century gave way to century. And for many Elves, the pain of those days passed out of thought and mind. More and more of our kind began to believe that Sauron was but a memory. And the threat, at last, was ended. I wish I could be one of them.” — Galadriel

“We are losing the light. No. We keep moving. We are there. This is it. This is where the Orcs gathered after Morgoth’s defeat. Far more must have escaped, than we ever imagined. No. This place is so evil, our torches give off no warmth. This way. It’s colder than the rest.” — Galadriel

“A door was filled in here. Bring it down. These Orcs were meddling with the power of the Unseen World. Some dark sorcery of old. But what was their purpose? Water. Even stone cannot hide the mark of one whose very hand is flame unquenched. He was here. Sauron was here. Tell the others to rest while they can. At sunrise we move on. We’ll take the search further north. This mark was left as a trail for Orcs to follow. The last time I saw it was on my brother. We must follow it. Or lying in wait, gathering strength, perfecting whatever dark art eluded him here. I promise you there is not a soul amongst our company who yearns for home more than I. I can still feel the light of the Trees on my face. I can still see it. And until we are certain every trace of our enemy is vanquished… I can never return. We leave soon enough. The order is given. We march at first light.” — Galadriel

“Elrond. With grace, I am received. I heard it’s said that when you cross over, you hear a song. When I was a child, it was the only feeling I knew. This time, frostbite and troll blood. And no army. This mark’s very existence proves Sauron escaped. He’s still out there. The question now is, where?” — Galadriel

“I intend to ask of the King a fresh company. If he supplies enough to… you know very well why I must. Why, Elrond. You really have become a politician. I am not some courtier to be placated by idle flattery. I demand to speak with the King directly. Are you going to arrange an audience or not?” — Galadriel

“Are you just going to stand there, breathing like an Orc? I do not feel victorious. I remember when the first of these were carved. The likeness of one fallen, preserved upon a living thing. I suppose some part of me always believed my rest would be here, with them. But instead, I am to leave them. A gift I have decided to refuse. My brother gave his life hunting Sauron. His task is now mine. I go to seek the enemy that escaped us in the north. Alone, if I must. Then why would… then why is it not gone from in here? Conflicted? I am grateful you have not known evil as I have. But you have not seen what I have seen. You have not seen what I have seen. Evil does not sleep, Elrond. It waits. And in the moment of our complacency, it blinds us. I’m not wrong. And in the West, do you think my fate would be better? Where song would mock the cries of battle in my ears? You say I have won victory over all the horrors of Middle-earth. Yet you would leave them alive in me? To take with me? Undying, unchanging, unbreaking, into the land of winterless spring? Without it, what am I to be?” — Galadriel


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Elrond

“‘I Palannúmen… I alfirimë Nóri…’ ‘Na metta avantë…’ ‘home.’ ‘For centuries, they have swept across crag and crevice,’ ‘washing away the last remnants of our enemy.’ ‘Like a spring rain over the bones of a…’ ‘dead animal.’ ‘Spring rain over the bones of a…’ yes. It’s almost as if I didn’t wish to be found. What tidings? Is there anything else? She’s here? Why didn’t you say so?”

“For the ceremony. Galadriel. Lindon receives you with grace. One whose memory we all carry. And you are immersed in a light, more intoxicating than any sensation in all of Middle-earth. And look at you now. Commander of the Northern Armies. Warrior of the Wastelands. I half expected you to arrive caked in grime and mud. Tell me everything.”

“You have only just arrived. Must you speak of leaving again so soon? I want to hear about you. Your harrowing journey. You make it sound so grim. You have made that plain. So I will be equally plain. It was not your company who defied you out there, but rather you who defied the High King, by refusing to heed any limit placed upon you. In an act of magnanimity, he has chosen to honor your accomplishments… rather than dwell upon your insolence. Test him again and you may find him less receptive than you might have hoped. If after the ceremony that is still your wish, you shall have it.”

“It is said the wine of victory is sweetest for those in whose bitter trials it has fermented. You deserve the honors of this day. Your brother would be proud. This is the gift of your king. Galadriel, you… ah, yes. Your mystery sigil. I shared it with the High King. Because seeing a sigil does not mean you’re any closer to finding Sauron. It is over. The evil is gone. After all you have endured… it is only natural to feel conflicted. I’ve seen my share. Let us say that all is as you fear, and this enemy is out there somewhere, lying in wait. Do you truly believe seeking him out will satisfy you? That one more Orc upon the point of your blade will bring you peace? If you are wrong… if you are wrong, will you lead more Elves to die in far-off lands? To convince yourself you have done enough, how many more statues would you add to this path? No one in history has ever refused the call. Do so now, it may never come again. You will ling here, an outcast, poisoned in dark whispers and dreams. Only in the Blessed Realm can that which is broken in you be healed. Go there. Go, and I promise you… if but a whisper of a rumor of the threat you perceive proves true, I will not rest until it is put right. You have fought long enough, Galadriel. Put up your sword. What you have always been. My friend.”

“She has passed beyond my sight. Galadriel was so certain her search should continue. Then the shadow she sought… you believe it does exist? It’s hard to see what is right… when friendship and duty are mingled. The greatest of Elven-smiths, of course. I’ve admired his artistry since I was a child. Why do you ask?”

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Arondir

“Caraes in three moves. It has. And the poisoning? The one you were just discussing. This fellow, where was he from? The past is with us all, whether we like it or not. Hmm. Alfirin seeds. I’ve not seen this flower since I was a child. Where did you find these? You crush them? There are. But we call them artificers. Most wounds to our bodies heal of their own accord, so, it is their labor instead to render hidden truths as works of beauty. For beauty has great power to heal the soul. Until next time, then.”

“Nothing out of the ordinary. We are awaited at Ostirith. Afraid I don’t take your meaning. No. I think you talk too much. And you smell of rotten leaves. Yes, you do. You need not remind me.”

“Mm-hmm. Seventy-nine years I’ve been stationed here. I suppose I’ve grown accustomed to it. It has changed much, Watchwarden. That was long ago, Watchwarden. A grower.”

“We are. Most likely searching for me at this very moment. I have said it already. A hundred times over, in every way but words.”

“What manner of sickness? How far east? Hordern’s a day’s journey. If I leave now, I can reach it by dusk.”

“How familiar are you with the townsfolk of Hordern? The people of Hordern were know for having been especially strong in their loyalty to Morgoth. The truth. That is why I’m here with you. Instead of the Watchwarden. Bronwyn. You’re the only kind touch I’ve known all my days in this land.”

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Gil-galad

“These most valiant of warriors kneel here before us, victorious. For though Morgoth fell an Age ago, some feared a new evil might arise from his shadow. So for centuries now, these soldiers have swept cross crag and crevice, washing away the last remnants of our enemy like a spring rain over the bones of a spoilt carcass. And now, at last, they return to us in triumph, for they have proven beyond any doubt that our days of war are over. Today… our days of peace begin. And as a measure of our gratitude, these heroes shall be granted an honor unrivaled in all our lore. They will be escorted to the Grey Havens and granted passage across the sea to dwell for all eternity in the Blessed Realm, the Far West. The Undying Lands of Valinor. At last, they are going home.”

“We foresaw that if it had, she might have inadvertently kept alive the very evil she sought to defeat. For the same wind that seeks to blow out a fire may also cause its spread. Set your mind at peace about it. What you did was right. For Galadriel and for Middle-earth. Such is the burden of those who lead and those who would seek to. Galadriel sails so the sunset. You and I must look to the new sunrise. To that end, are you acquainted with the work of Lord Celebrimbor? He is about to embark on a new project. One of singular importance. And we’ve decided that you will be working with him. But I’ll allow you to explain the details, Lord Celebrimbor.”

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Finrod

“Lose your footing again, Galadriel? It was a good ship, sister.”

“Do you know why a ship floats and a stone cannot? Because the stone sees only downward. The darkness of the water is vast and irresistible. The ship feels the darkness as well, striving moment by moment to master her and pull her under. But the ship has a secret. For unlike the stone, her gaze is not downward but up. Fixed upon the light that guides her, whispering of grander things than darkness ever knew. The most important truths often are. But you must learn to discern them for yourself. I won’t always be here to speak them to you. Come along. Mother and father are waiting.”

“Valaron Kalanen! Firuvantë!”

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Thondir

“Commander Galadriel. This company has followed you to the very edge of the world. But none who ever dared search for this last stronghold has ever found anything. It’s been years since the last Orc was sighted. Is it not possible the other commanders are right and our enemy is no more? Night is closing in. How long can living flesh endure where even sunlight fears to treat? Perhaps we would be wise to camp here. And tomorrow, begin the journey home.”

“There’s nothing out here. We should have been there by now. How can you be certain? What devilry is this? Surely, it is lost to the ages now. Whatever happened here was long ago. Further north? The mark is centuries old. Whoever left it could be long dead. We exceeded our orders a month ago. Surely we must first return home to take counsel with the High King. We should never have come in here. Then you shall do so alone.”

“Galadriel. Give my your hand. Galadriel!”

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Bronwyn

“Give me your hand. I had to trade with another healer who was passing through. We crush the petals to form a solve. Gently. Are there healers among your kind? Then I hope you find alfirin flowers beautiful.”

“Careful. That’s fire-root powder. You have to do it slowly. You’re in a boil this morning. Again? I heard you were leaving. Where’s the rest of your company? Then why are you at my home? Say what you wish to say. Mum.”

“It isn’t a fever. And she doesn’t appear to have any sores. Where has she been grazing? Where are you going? I’m going with you.”

“Very. I should hope. I was born there. Why? What did you just say? You’re talking about my friends. Close kin, I know them. There are good people there. Hordern.”

Theo

“Go any slower, I’ll be stuck here all day. Hardly slept. Mice were dancing a proper jig under the floorboards. Last three nights. Scratchin’ and scrapin’. What’s one of them doing here? Mother. There’s a man here for you.”

“Only spotted it by mistake. Stepped on a lucky board. Is what true? Who told you that? It’s a lie. My father didn’t run off. This is the real bounty. Watch it! Go on, quick.”

Médhor

“Anything to report? And the well… how was it? Did you draw some water? Have you considered the consequences I might face if the Watchwarden were to discover what it is that you’re doing? It’s difficult enough keeping watching over them without having to keep one eye squarely on you. Or do you think me blind? No, I don’t. My point is this. Only twice in known history has a pairing between Elves and humans even been attempted. And on each occasion, it ended in tragedy. It ended in death. Then why do you persist? Give me one reason. One. All the far outposts are being disbanded. We’re leaving.”

Waldreg

“Poisoned more likely. For all we know, the onion-eyed scut done it himself. Arondir. Has it really been a fortnight already? Uh, very little to report this go-round, I’m afraid. A couple of shabby disputes, a bit of uneven dice-handling. And… oh, yes! Had a bit of a thrill in here, Trewsday last. Bit of a row over a girl. His eye was lazy, hers overactive, if you take my meaning. Do you care for a drink, soldier? Well, my well is yours, as ever. What poisoning? No, no, no, no… it was but poisoned grass he was twattlin’ about. A fellow passed through, said his grazing’s gone rotten. That only weeds will grow. Didn’t say. East, I think. Easy, lad. Quench the fire now. Come on, lad. Will there be anythin’ else then? Soldier.”

Rowan

“Oh, let it go, knife-ears. It’s a bloody patch of grass. The lot you lump us in with died off a thousand years ago. When are you people gonna let the past go? One day, our true king will return. And pry us right out from under your pointy boots.”

“Be quick about it. He finds us in here, he’ll knock our teeth out. So, tell me, is it true? About your mum? Heard Waldreg caught herself and one of the pointies mighty sweet back of his well the other day. Everybody. Maybe that’s why your father run off like he done. Then what happened to him? You don’t even know, do you? Salty rascal’s got the King’s bounty down there.”

Tredwill

“Poisoned? By who?”

“You heal animals, too? If you could just give her a look. She’s got some sort of a sickness. Hmm. She wandered east a few days ago. Think she might have ate something? What was that, squirted out of her? She might’ve made it as far as Hordern.”

Human 1

“Evenin’.”

Human 2

“Hmm. Ha!”

Elf

“Herald Elrond. At last. The Council regrets to inform you you won’t be permitted to attend the next session. Elf-lords only. Yes. Your friend has arrived.”

Elf 2

“Arondir! Médhor! The High King has declared the days of war are over.”

Elf 3

“Taking a last look? Can you believe this place was once a barren scrap of rock? But the Men who live here have not. The blood of those who stood with Morgoth still darkens their veins. What were you before the war? Then you shall be returning home to far more than you left. Honors, title. Your life will begin anew. But mark this, Arondir, that for 79 years, you’ve kept watch over the men and women of Tirharad, not because of what their ancestors once did… but because of who they still are. And be grateful. That you need never see them again.”

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Sadoc Burrows

“Clear and clear. Travelers? At this time of year? Easy, Malva. More than likely they just got lost, that’s it. Has to be a reason.”

“First the big people, now the stars. Eyes open when they should be sleeping. Almost like… like they’re watching for something. A tongue-lashing, if you don’t mind your own cartwheels. Elanor Brandyfoot, with your father’s nose, and always poking it into trouble, you are far too curious and meddlesome to have been a Harfoot. Are you quite certain you’re not part squirrel? The skies are strange.”

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Nori Brandyfoot

“Hundred-eleven if you count you worrying to death. Don’t be… if we didn’t do everything we weren’t supposed to, we’d hardly do anything at all. Go on, now. Watch the puddle. Go on, now. Watch the puddle. Watch your head. This way! I’ve got you. Come on. Oh, but you haven’t even seen it yet. Mmm.”

“A dog. Just a dog. You know dogs love berries. Not if he doesn’t see us, he isn’t. Hey. Twos and hands, everyone. Time to go. Wolf. Go on, now. Come on. First one back to camp gets the first pie at Harvest Fest. Let’s go. Remember, if anybody asks, we were just out digging for snails.”

“Well and well, father. Mm-hmm. Travelers? I can’t believe I missed them.”

“I was careful. I’m sorry, I didn’t know. We never get hunters up here before the harvest. Or wolves. I wonder if there’s trouble down south. Haven’t you ever wondered… what else is out there? How far the river flows or where the sparrows learn the new songs they sing in spring? I can’t help but feel there’s wonders in this world. Beyond our wanderin’.”

“Watching for what? What is it? What do you see? Sadoc. Sadoc, please. Tell me. Strange. Strange how? On my way.”

Marigold Brandyfoot

“Nori! Nori! Nori! Nori!”

“I’ve looked high and low again. The wee ones are still out there. Yes. I do.”

“You went to the old farm again. Didn’t you? But the children might not be. Mmm. And what concern is that of yours, Elanor Brandyfoot? I’ve told you. Countless times. Elves have forests to protect. Dwarves, their mines. Men, their fields of grain. Even trees have to worry about the soil beneath their roots. But we Harfoots are free from the worries of the wide world. We are but ripples in a long, long stream. Our paths set by the passing seasons. Nobody goes off trail and nobody walks alone. We have each other. We’re safe. That is how we survive. Go on. Help your father. That’s your problem. You see, a wheel’s supposed to be round.”

Largo Brandyfoot

“You’re gonna spoil dinner. They’ll be fine, Goldie. Nori’s with them. You know Nori.”

“Ah. She has returned. How fare thee? And look at her. You found all that down by the river bank, did you? Did you hear about the travelers? Mm-hmm. Hunters. Two of them. Big as great boulders. Right up on that ridge. Maybe you ought to stick closer to home, that way you don’t miss anything, hmm?”

“Nori! Do you have that grease?”

Poppy Proudfellow

“Can we turn back now? There’s 110 things out here that could kill us. You know the rules. We’re not supposed to be out this far. You know the rules. We’re not supposed to be out this far. Nori! I’m stuck. It’s… Nori! Ow! Enchanting. Can we turn back now? Seen what? Good place for a hill-troll to hide, if you ask me. Oh, great glory and splendor. Oh! Nori!”

“What’s the big rush? You heard your sister. Time to go.”

Hobbit 2

“It’s an omen, I warrant ya. The last time we had travelers this early, it was the Great Frost. And there’s no misrembering how bleak a season that was.”

Hobbit 3

“Mmm-hmm. Bad one. As bad as they come.”

Hobbit 4

“Me first! Mmm.”

“Nori! I found something. There’s something in the mud. What is it? It looks like a footsie. Is he going to eat our berries?”

Hunter 1

“Something’s wrong here. Nothing to hunt. Don’t you think it’s the least bit strange? Oi, oi! Why? More likely a Harfoot. Ugh. Don’t care to be seein’ none, but if you do, watch yourself. Dangerous creatures they are. Come on. Rattle your dags! Let’s just get to the lake before sundown.”

Hunter 2

“Wolves in every thicket. World’s strange. If I let ’em pitch-kettle me, I’d never get off me barstool. Keep walkin’. Looked like a badger. Maybe a fox. A harfoot? You’re making it up.”

Hobbit 1

“Huh? Huh.”

Galadriel’s Company

“Commander, wait! Galadriel, stop!”

“Snow-troll!”

Galadriel’s Company 2

“My hand is past feeling.”

Elven Kids

“Here! Over here! Well, is it finished yet? Even you couldn’t possibly believe that old scrap will float. Come on. I told you it wouldn’t float. Get off me!”

Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for mortal men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne; In the Land of Mordor where the shadows lie.

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