The Rings of Power – Season 1 Episode 4 Recap & Review

The Rings of Power – Season 1 Episode 4 Recap & Review

The Rings of Power episode 4 starts in Minas Tirith. Sorry, I meant the palace at Numenor. Queen Regent Miriel wakes up with a start when she has a dream about a huge flood that destroys everything.

Tamar gives a big speech to the people in the streets about how dangerous it is for Elves to take their jobs. Is this a metaphor? Certainly! The same kind of allegory that Tolkien didn’t like and wrote letters about.

The people of Numenor don’t like the idea that their Queen is working with elves, so Pharazon comes and reassures them that this will always be a Kingdom of Men, not of Elves. He also gives them a lot of drinks to make them feel better.

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Galadriel goes back to Miriel and tells her that Halbrand, or “evil Aragorn,” is the lost heir to the throne of the Southlands who has been living in exile. Miriel doesn’t believe her, but Galadriel keeps insisting that they should fight together to save the people of the Southlands before Sauron attacks.

Miriel says no again, but Galadriel tells the Queen Regent that she has a “storm in her” and that is what brought her to Numenor. Galadriel is put behind bars because she made threats against the queen. What great bargaining skills this elf has!

Arondir is chained up and meets Adar, who looks like an elf but has scars on his face. He tells Arondir that he has been told a lot of lies and that he wants to change the world, but that only Gods can do that. Arondir asks Adar what he is, but Adar doesn’t tell him. Instead, he tells Arondir to go to “the Men who have taken refuge in the old watchtower.” He has to bring a message, and then he can go.

A lot of people are waiting in the Guardtower in the Southlands. Bronwyn tries to divide up the food, but Theo thinks they should go back to town and get some supplies. Bronwynn, on the other hand, thinks they should just go hunting. Theo doesn’t listen, though, and instead heads into town to get a cart and lots of supplies.

Rowan, a friend of Theo’s, is scared by the clouds’ growing shadow and decides to leave town quickly. Theo is inside one of the houses, so he has to leave him behind. Theo grabs that strange sword hilt when an orc shows up. It turns into a sword, and after he fights his way out, he hides in a well.

Elrond goes back to Celebrimbor, who thinks about how Elrond’s father once told him that Elrond would decide what would happen to him in the future. Elrond is back at the mines in the next scene. As simple as that. How long did it take him to get to the mines? This time, there isn’t a “setting shot” to show how he got there, nor is there a map like the ones Indiana Jones used. Instead, we only see the outside of the mine once before Elrond takes us inside.

Durin says that he is mining for quartz, but he is actually digging in the old mine. Elrond hears them from afar and figures out that they are talking about the old mine below Mirrormere.

Elrond goes off by himself, without a dwarf to guide him, and finds a secret door in the rock. As he goes through, he meets Durin, who tells him not to tell anyone what he’s doing.

Prince Durin has found a new ore, which explains what was in the mystery box in an earlier episode. That is mithril. Durin thinks this could be a new time for the dwarves, but he can’t say much because his father has strict rules about mining too deeply.

Now, Elrond says, “20 years is a long time to be gone.” He is talking about how long it has been since episode 2. But that doesn’t really make sense, does it? Has it been 20 years since Numenor? Arondir down in the mines? There’s nothing that makes me think that might be true. Just so you don’t forget, this is the most expensive TV show ever made.

Also, there’s a cave-in, but luckily none of the dwarfs are hurt. But because of this, the mine is shut down and Durin can no longer mine. But King Durin III makes things right with his son Durin after a very touching talk with his son. Prince Durin decides in the end to go to Lindon with Elrond.

Galadriel, meanwhile, paces in her cage as she thinks about how good or bad her negotiating skills are. Halbrand says that Miriel’s real anger came from talking about her father, the king who lives in the tower and hasn’t been seen in years.

That night, the Queen Regent decides to send her back to the Elves in a ship with armed guards. This is good news because this is what Galadriel wanted when she decided to swim hundreds of miles back to land in the open sea.

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Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

When the cell door is opened, Galadriel beats 5 armored men by herself, pushing them back into the cell and locking them up. She has no weapons or armor. She looks at Pharazon, grins, and then walks away.

The army pulls together to try to find Miriel’s father, who is sick in bed. Galadriel says she’s sorry because she thinks they should be honest with each other. Miriel finally decides to trust Galadriel and shows her where a lost palantir is. When she touches it, she sees the same flood that Miriel had dreamed about. Miriel wants to send Galadriel away so that this future doesn’t come true.

Rowan, who is Theo’s friend, comes back to the tower, but Theo is still in the well. Theo tries to get away during the night, but he runs right into the orcs. But Arondir, who Adar had let go of earlier in the episode, saves him. Even though it’s the middle of the night, they go through the forest. When the sun starts to come up, the orcs stop chasing them.

Galadriel leaves Numenor without Halbrand, who is now free and not in jail. When Miriel sees that the petals of the White Tree are falling, she has second thoughts about sending Galadriel away. While Galadriel’s boat is sailing away, Miriel talks to the council and decides to personally bring Galadriel back to Middle-Earth.

Elrond’s flippant remark that he hasn’t seen Durin in 20 years is a great example of how carelessly the world is being built in this book. Are Elrond and Durin in a different time period than the rest of us?

This time, there are no Harfoots, which may be a small blessing since their story hasn’t really added anything.

I’ve said before that Galadriel is the worst thing about this show, and that’s still true in this episode. Even Amazon seems to know this, since there have recently been articles asking people to have faith because Galadriel is on a “journey of humility.” But none of that is happening here. Instead, we get a scene that makes us roll our eyes: Galadriel stops five fully armed and strong Numenorian guards all by herself, without a weapon or armor, and pushes them all into a jail cell without even breaking a sweat.

We’ve already seen 4 hours of this season, which means we’re halfway through it. So far, the plot hasn’t moved forward much, and things are moving at a glacial pace. Will this get faster in the second half? Will there be some progress in the story?

We’ll have to wait and see, but even though this is the most expensive TV project ever, the writing in this show is still really bad, except for the visuals.

Based on the book by J. R. R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings is a set of three epic fantasy adventure movies directed by Peter Jackson. The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King are the titles of the movies (2003). The series is a joint effort between New Zealand and the United States. It was made by New Line Cinema and is being distributed by WingNut Films. Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchett, John Rhys-Davies, Christopher Lee, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Hugo Weaving, Andy Serkis, and Sean Bean are among the actors in the movies.

In the made-up world of Middle-earth, the movies follow the hobbit Frodo Baggins and his group, the Fellowship, as they try to destroy the One Ring and kill the Dark Lord Sauron, who made it. The Fellowship breaks up in the end, and Frodo keeps going on his quest with his loyal friend Sam and the sneaky Gollum. Meanwhile, Aragorn, the exiled heir to the throne of Gondor, Legolas, Gimli, Boromir, Merry, Pippin, and the wizard Gandalf work together to save the Free Peoples of Middle-earth from Sauron’s forces and rally them in the War of the Ring to help Frodo by taking Sauron’s attention away from Frodo.

The three movies were all shot at the same time and in Jackson’s home country of New Zealand from October 11, 1999, to December 22, 2000. Touch-up shots were done from 2001 to 2004. It cost $281 million and was one of the biggest and most ambitious movie projects ever made. The first movie in the series came out on December 10, 2001, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London. The second movie came out on December 5, 2002, at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. The third movie came out on December 1, 2003, at the Embassy Theatre in Wellington. A year after each movie came out in theaters, it came out on home video in a longer version.

Most people agree that The Lord of the Rings is one of the best and most important film series ever made. It made a lot of money and is one of the highest-grossing film series of all time, bringing in $2.991 billion around the world. The acting, direction, writing, production values, score, ambition, emotional depth, groundbreaking special effects, and faithfulness to the source material were all praised by both critics and audiences. The series got a lot of praise. It was nominated for 30 Academy Awards and won 17, including Best Picture for The Return of the King. The Library of Congress chose The Fellowship of the Ring to be kept in the United States National Film Registry in 2021 because it was “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

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