The Rings of Power: where are the other 16 missing rings of power?

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As soon as the Rings of Power have been forged, Amazon has already messed up Tolkien's mythos.

It was, with the revelation of Sauron, the culmination of season 1 of Rings of Power: the forge of the rings that was eagerly awaited closed. So here they are… at least in part.Because, everyone knows the poem: “Three rings for the Elf-kings under the sky, seven for the Dwarven Lords in their houses of stone, nine for Mortal Men doomed, one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne” . Here are the three Elvish rings already forged, and everyone knows that the One will be forged last by Sauron in Mordor. So the question arises: where are the sixteen missing rings?


Simple answer: if we stick to the events of the series, it is 99% certain that they simply have not been forged yet, which is not without putting a little mess in the original storynor without raising some questions about upcoming adaptations from Amazon's screenwriters. And to understand why, we have to start from the very beginning. Simply put, Sauron, having taken on the false appearance of an envoy of the Valar, manages to convince Celebrimbor and his guild of goldsmiths to forge powerful artifacts that would bring beauty and light comparable to that of Valinor on Earth. of the Middle.

These artifacts are the Rings of Power, objects with various properties, but whose main function is – to sum up very broadly – ​​ to introduce the divine into a land left behind in the form of great marvelous kingdoms.Immortal realms, beyond time and the destiny of a world that is moving inexorably towards an end, whatever it may be. It seems abstract to you, but you would recognize them immediately: Rivendell, the Gray Havens and Lothlórien are three territories produced by the magic of the rings of power, and they radiate something special, inexplicable. That's all the magic of Tolkien's writing, closer to feeling than factual description.

Eager to bring this beauty of the Order of the Divine to Middle-earth, the Goldsmiths' Guild of Celebrimbor and Celebrimbor itself follow Annatar's teachings and begin to study the making of power rings. And it's from this point that the series takes a bit of a weird, and a bit of a dangerous path.

In the books, the goldsmiths of Celebrimbor take three centuries to master this knowledge, make several imperfect minor rings without ornament (which incidentally explains why Gandalf does not immediately recognize the One Ring, mistaking it for one of these sub-creations). But through hard work,and with direct assistance from Annatar during the manufacturing process, sixteen rings of power are forged, engraved, and set with gems. They are not yet destined for Humans and Dwarves, but those are the ones.

You will understand, the series did things backwards, and started with Varya, Nenya and Vilya, the most powerful and normally forged last, before to show us these sixteen rings. Not very useful modification, but also quite insignificant basically.One can quite imagine that, seized with madness of grandeur, Celebrimbor will start in the series to make the following sixteen rings by himself where only three were planned. But this is where the danger of inconsistency lurks, because there is a second difference that is a bit more perplexing.


In the books, once these sixteen rings have been forged, Annatar leaves the home of Celebrimbor and returns to Mordor to close his trap with the One Ring. One Ring to rule them all: the other sixteen rings having been co-created by Sauron, they are linked to the ring-master, who rules them. But there is something unforeseen: during Annatar's absence, Celebrimbor, having become autonomous and sufficiently expert in his knowledge, forges Varya, Nenya and Vilya alone, without the help of Sauron, who cannot imprint his mark. Quite the opposite of the series therefore, where Sauron directly puts his dirty paws in the dough.

The problem is that normally, if Varya, Nenya and Vilya largely escape the influence of Sauron, it is because he did not make them, whereas we see him participating in the series.Be careful though, if Sauron could not enchant them directly, they remain the fruit of his evil knowledge and therefore linked to his person and to the Unique. The rings of the Elves have a special status: not totally subject to the One, but definitely not as powerful nor completely independent of it (Varya, Nenya and Vilya actually cease to function once the One is destroyed at the end of the < strong>Lord of the Rings).

< p style="text-align: justify;">This is one of the reasons why Galadriel, Elrond, Cirdan and their respective fiefdoms do not sink towards Evil, unlike Men, who become the Nazgûl servants of Sauron, and the Dwarves, whose greed and new wealth attract the dragons that destroy their territories*. And on this specific point, on the other hand, The Rings of Power turned the coherence of Tolkien's universe upside down by implicating Sauron directly in the creation of Varya , Vilya and Nenya (not to mention Galadriel, Gil-Galad and Elrond all three of whom normally refuse to deal with Annatar) for reasons which are still unclear.

As a corollary, now that Sauron has returned to Mordor, how the series will manage to involve him directly in the creation of the other sixteen rings remains a mystery. The lead the series seems to be running isGaladriel not divulging Sauron's secret identity, which would leave Celebrimbor vulnerable and blindfacing a potential return of Halbrand to his forge. And that would also make Galadriel, definitely, utterly, irrefutably, utterly stupid. Or extremely faint if it's been corrupted by just an illusion, a reflection on the water, a bad guy sputtering on the camera and a very ugly close-up in short throw.

So much so that we don't wonders no longer just what all these changes will be used for or if they are appropriate, but above all, how this whole set will either return to the fold of the previous consistency, or establish a new one that's both rooted in Tolkien's spirit and narratively solid. Because if it's to serve up just a rehash of old fantasy platitudes like the Mithril retcon.. .

But even worse: the series might just not care about the rules defining power rings in general and settle for “it's magic because it's magic.” Which, apart from any consideration for the original work, would in itself be really very lazy. But given the lack of care and detail given to the messy writing of the first three rings, we have a apprehension about the sixteen rings to come as well as the One…

*Yes, including Smaug, who invades Erebor in The Hobbit then ruled by Thrór, Thorin's grandfather, who wears a ring of power. As luck would have it, Thror ends up very badly, decapitated and stained by Azog, much like in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. His son Thráin, to whom he gave his ring before dying, does not end much better since he dies imprisoned in the fortress of Dol Guldur, for once really like in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And coincidentally bis, Thorin who does not wear a ring (recovered by Sauron in Dol Guldur) ends more gloriously. It's beautiful, it's coherent, it's good.

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