The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Ability has kept a single point secret and safe for the entirety of its creation: Who in the clearly show is taking part in the role of chief antagonist, the notorious Dark Lord Sauron? In the show’s 3rd episode, we obtained an additional character to toss into the pile of Sauron Potentials. And then, in the fifth episode, that theory was uttered out loud.
[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for episodes 3 and 5 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.]
From the pretty 1st times of the 3rd episode, the identify Adar is on characters’ lips. Arondir and a slew of humans and several elves have been captured and push-ganged into digging orc tunnels, and the orcs seem to be to report to anyone identified as “Adar.” Arondir’s elf buddies even speculate out loud that Adar is a further name for Sauron.
In the episode’s final scene, Arondir is dragged in advance of a determine who seems to be Adar, but is shot in a large blur that obscures his capabilities. In the fourth episode, the two have a discussion that only can make Adar’s origins much more mysterious.
Who is Adar?
We never know. It’s just as most likely he’s an authentic character established for Rings of Energy as he is Sauron — though that distinct concept took a hit in the fifth episode (extra on that in a sec). In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron had intermediaries involving himself and orcs on the front traces — generals, captains, Nazgûl, heralds like the Mouth of Sauron — and allies who labored for his aims, like Saruman. Adar could be something comparable, a corrupted gentleman of the Southlands.
Episode 5 designed the risk of him remaining Sauron a large amount murkier. When a team of adult males vacation to Adar and his band of orcs to pledge fealty and beg for mercy, just one of them assumes Adar is Sauron, and even asks, “You are Sauron, are you not?” This angers Adar drastically, who does not directly reply but grabs the gentleman by the throat and needs a sacrifice.
Even with that angry non-answer, it is technically doable that he’s Sauron, while we can securely file it underneath “unlikely.” At this era in the 2nd Age, Sauron was constructing up his initial foothold in Mordor, neighbor to the show’s Southlands. He could nonetheless consider physical variety at the time, and employed his potential to shapeshift to appear in a reasonable and welcoming way. Underneath the identify Annatar, he claimed to be an emissary of the gods and persuaded Celebrimbor to educate him ringcraft, finally placing his magic formula little enchantments on the lesser rings.
Arondir’s companions be aware that Sauron went by many names, and it could be that in Rings of Energy, Adar is a single of them. Arondir notes that Adar is an elvish term — it almost certainly implies “father” in one particular of the two elven dialects that Tolkien produced, which we know from Tom Bombadil’s elven title, Iarwain Ben-adar, which suggests “Oldest and Fatherless.”
Could Adar be Sauron underneath a new identify? In all probability not. Halbrand even now would seem like the most probable Sauron applicant of the people we have achieved. And in all probability the most important inform Adar won’t be discovered as the Dim Lord himself is that Arondir’s elf buds previously recommended that portion out loud. Hell, perhaps he’s Tom Bombadil.