The Rings of Power Just Answered a Lord of the Rings Question Decades Ago

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This post contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Take a look at our Review of this week’s chapter.also!

Since the first time they shared the screen, the friendship between Elrond (Robert Amayo) and Durin IV (Owain Arthur) has been the highlight of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. It’s not just their chemistry and deep connection, but also the rare joy of seeing an elf and a dwarf as comrades rather than enemies, as they have often been in Tolkien lore. In Episode 4 we saw that the friendship was solidified when Durin shared his deepest secret with Elrond: the existence of Mithril. But just one episode later, that priceless mineral could be at the center of a massive betrayal. Except, as The Rings of Power shows us, the bond between Durin and Elrond is stronger than any potential conflict, leading to a big moment that answers an even bigger question that has lingered on the minds of fans of The Lord. of the Rings for a long time. .

The real reason Elrond went to Khazad-dûm is revealed

While we know that Elrond truly values ​​his friendship with Durin, he hasn’t been honest about why he first returned to Khazad-dûm. It wasn’t just about looking for his best friend, but about trying to forge a union between the Elves and the Dwarves to help Celebrimbor forge his next great creation. In his defense, Elrond has tried to convey this to Durin. But what no one knew was that Elrond was manipulated by Celebrimbor and High King Gil-Galad. Both elves already knew about Mithril and wanted to confirm that the dwarves could mine it. It’s a massive reveal showing the power and cynical intelligence of the elder elves and the naivete and arrogance of Elrond. But once again it shows his personal growth and his dedication to his relationship with Durin by instantly telling him the truth.

Thanks to their friendship and Durin’s profound generosity, we now know how the elves had access to mithril even though the substance was only found within Khazad-dûm.

What do the elves want with Mithril?

Although we know that the Elves have processed Mithril and used it to create numerous things, Celebrimbor reveals to Elrond that there is a more drastic reason why they need it. After Celebrimbor reveals that he already knew about the ore, Elrond asks if it could be the Elves’ salvation. “If we can secure large amounts of it fast enough to saturate every last elf in the light of valor once again, then yes, it very well could be,” replies the famed blacksmith.

It remains for Elrond to break his oath and ask Durin for help. Exposing the importance of the ore and how it could save the Elves, Elrond begs his friend to help him. And Durin, pleased at the opportunity to hold the fate of every Elf in his hands, accepts. This is a huge moment, not only because we know that Celebrimbor will eventually use Mithril to forge one of the Rings of Power, but also because this fills a huge gap in classic Lord of the Rings lore.

A Decades-Long Lord of the Rings Question Finally Answered

One of the biggest questions about the relationship between elves and dwarves in The Lord of the Rings is how the elves came to possess mithril. Although “trading” with the dwarves is mentioned in the books, it has never been clear how the deal was struck. It’s a vital part of Tolkien’s lore, as mithril is incredibly rare and only found in a few places, one of which is of course the Mines of Moria. This episode answers that question and lays the groundwork for expanding the relationship between elves and dwarves.

The reason the Elves were able to process Mithril and create jewelry, armor, and artifacts boils down to one thing: Elrond and Durin’s decades-long friendship. Not only is that the reason Elrond was able to enter the mines and confirm that the Dwarves were mining the mithril thread in the first place, but more than that it created the bridge between the two communities. If Elrond hadn’t been honest with Durin and told him what the Elves wanted, they would never have been able to access the mithril. And if Durin had not loved Elrond so much, he would never have considered allowing the elves to share his treasure. The big question now is how Durin will convince his father to allow the elves access to the mithril.

We’ll have to keep watching The Rings of Power to find out. But with only a few episodes left in the epic first season, we think we’ll probably get our answer sooner rather than later.

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