“Not all who wander are lost”


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So far, The Rings of Power has kept most of its stories separate. That could change with the arrival of Galadriel and Halbrand in the Southlands, a place where men struggle with the choice of whether to stand with or against the forces of Sauron.

Welcome to Middle-earth! The Meteor Man is back in this episode of power rings after an episode hiatus, which means the hobbits are too. Poppy proud companionplayed by Megan Richards, reminds us in the first act that “not all who wonder or wander are lost”, as she sings her mother’s left-behind walking song.

This opening scene, with its captivating visuals tied to the song – officially titled “This Wandering Day”, composed by Bear McCreary – conjures up faint memories of some of the most amazing moments from the original trilogy and Tolkien’s universe. that we first experienced 20 years ago. from.

Although Poppy sings it as an ode to all Harfoots who embark on a perilous journey and migrate to distant lands, the song carries a general theme of optimism for all individuals who are on the path of uncertainty, who is the fate of so many people in the Middle East. -Earth right now.

But that’s not all. The song’s relevance transcends beyond the story of this show; it is also related to Jhe the Lord of the Rings in a way that makes it far more meaningful for both storylines, and evokes a sense of nostalgia for audiences by bringing flashbacks to the likes of Bilbo Baggins’ Walking Song.

Easter eggs?

Although the song was composed for power ringsit’s influenced by one of JRR Tolkien’s most iconic lines, “all that glitters isn’t gold”.

Gandalf writes a letter to Frodo in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring which includes a poem to help prove that anyone calling themselves “Strider” is indeed Aragorn.

The passage begins with these two lines, which Bilbo then repeats during the Council of Elrond: “Not all that is gold shines/Not all that wander are lost.”

This second line also makes an appearance in the third verse of Poppy’s marching song.

But what’s the catch?

This correlation lends a significant layer of depth to a song that is already full of it. The Stranger/Meteor Man accompanies the Harfoots when Poppy sings these words, hinting that he is none other than an early incarnation of Gandalf. This would indicate that Gandalf picked up this line of poetry from the Hobbits thousands of years before he finally wrote it for Frodo.

The wizard didn’t write the words that allowed Frodo to trust Strider, a move that ultimately helped save the world. They were of the same species as Frodo, the people who first showed Gandalf the value of little people, and perhaps that’s why he was the first to trust Frodo despite the disapproval of the world. This would verify him in the list of people believed to be Sauron.

Faults rarely explored in depth

This episode focuses more on Nori’s friendship with the Meteor Man, which, while not without danger, gradually but persistently adapts to the ways of this world. Nori teaches him their language, which is reminiscent of the intimate and creative ways of telling stories that are only possible in the realm of a TV show, and that wouldn’t be possible in movies.

Later, when Nori and her family catch up with the other Harfoots, we see that the crater where the alien landed was discovered by three otherworldly beings who appear to be cultists with less than pure motives.

Meanwhile, on the Isle of Numenór, Galadriel persuades the queen and the townspeople to leave the capital to confront Sauron’s growing evil. But first she had to persuade Halbrand, who was unconvinced and needed his conviction restored to the cause.

The exchange between the two is captivating, with Galadriel having no choice but to bare her vulnerabilities when Halbrand demands it.

Galadriel, as Halbrand points out in “Partings”, is out for revenge. She seeks to defeat Sauron, the darkness that killed her brother. When he asks her why she keeps fighting, she replies, “Because I can’t stop.”

Galdriel, played by Clark, is a fascinating character and arguably the anchor of this show, dominating much of the episode’s screen time. She is ambitious and strong, a person easy to like but difficult to like.

Tolkien used two words to describe the trilogy’s young incarnation of the Elvish royal sage – headstrong and proud – but only to one flaw, and that flaw is rarely explored in depth in the series.

Pledges are tested in “Partings”

Elrond, the ever honorable, finds himself caught in limbo between an oath he swears to his friend Prince Durin and what is best for his people, the elves.

In ‘Partings’ it is revealed that High King Gil-galad had an additional purpose in sending him to Khazad-dûm, since Mithril, who was secretly exploited by the dwarves commanded by Elrond’s loyal friend, Prince Durin IV, may be the only thing that can keep the elves from vanishing into nothingness.

When Gil-galad questions Elrond whether the dwarves have discovered the rich ore, he refuses to say as he has promised Durin not to divulge what he has seen in these mines.

He then asked a much more loaded question, one that alludes to a number of overlapping battles right now on power rings“What if keeping your promise to his people meant ensuring the loss of yours?”

Recognizing the seriousness of the problem, he tells his friend the truth and reveals the details. The latter does not hesitate and informs Elrond that for the elves to obtain Mithril, Elrond must speak with his father, the king.

So far, power rings kept most of its separate stories. This could change with the arrival of Galadriel and Halbrand in the Southlands, a place where men wrestle with the choice of stand with or against the forces of Sauron. With only three episodes remaining, then it will take a few connective tissue to make sense of this vast universe, and how it all falls into place.

No one on power rings understands what awaits them in the dark days ahead, just as none of the viewers know what to expect. They just know they have no choice but to heed a summons from the other realm, which in our case means returning to Middle-earth when it beckons.

They must continue with the hope that they will discover a better world in the end, just like us.


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