The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 5 Review – “Partings”

WARNING: Contains Below complete spoilers The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for Episode 5, which is now streaming on Prime Video. To refresh your memory, check out our review last week’s episode,

War is on the horizon in The Rings of Power Episode 5, providing a look at what the various characters are fighting for. It’s also the first episode to feature both the Dwarves and Harfoot as the show’s divergent plots finally coming together for the inevitable big battle for Middle-earth.

The Harfoot plot is very brief, anchored by a melodic travel sequence set to music that really sounds like it captures the adventurous spirit of Tolkien’s work. This story mostly keeps clarifying just how powerful Stranger is. A lot of Harfoot would have been “left behind” if it weren’t for him to stop the onslaught of the war. But after her strange Healing Frost trick, it seems that even Nori is starting to get a little scared of her giant friend. I still don’t think Stranger is a bad guy, but that much power is always dangerous and he needs to put his act together to make sure no one gets hurt. We also get a glimpse at the weird cultist-looking characters seen in previous teasers, who seem to be tracking down The Stranger, but with no new details about who they are or what they are, when they Very creepy music is beyond playing. on screen again.

Meanwhile, the men to the south, who fled to the Eleven Tower to escape Adar and his army, are not doing well. About half of his group follows Waldreg, whom I can’t help but think of as a darkfriend. wheel of time, to take Adar on the offer of surrender. Waldreg has been a scoundrel since Episode 1, when he tried to hide the news of corruption spreading from Arondir, and he just doubled down. It’s really funny to see how quickly he goes from pledging allegiance to Sauron to offering to serve as the leader of the Orc army.

In many ways, it seems that The Rings of Power has established itself as the antagonist.game of Throneseven as a comparison dragon house Running in a hurry. There’s no way we wouldn’t see Waldreg slitting that poor kid’s throat and covered in his blood on one of those HBO shows. Here, we should all know that Waldreg’s expression is changing from horror to grim determination. Game of Thrones may have played council sessions at Numenor to show some fast-paced intrigue, but Rings of Power gives us just the setup and then a shot of Halbrandt showing how well he cleans up. Again, character judgment is all that really matters.

Honesty and goodness are almost always punished in Game of Thrones, but The Rings of Power finds strength in many characters explaining their problems to their friends and loved ones. Theo finally tells his mother about the hilt, which lets Arondir and Bronwyn know what Adar is planning. Between Waldreg, Bronwyn, and Halbrand, much of the role of humans in Middle-earth is explored in Episode 5. Are they basically orcs, who are doomed to serve any evil chieftain at the moment if they are not being watched carefully by the elves for signs of betrayal, or do they really have some Can there be self-determination?

It’s easy to understand why Bronwyn and Halbrand would succumb to despair given the poor choices in front of them, but the two decide to move on and try to fight the darkness they see in them. It seems that Bronwyn and Arondir are planning to destroy the tower to prevent Adar from achieving his objective, but this could lead to his death unless reinforcements come in time.

The conversation between Halbrand and Galadriel where they share their sorrows is powerful.


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Halbrand is ready to accept his responsibility as a king, but we still don’t know what caused him to flee. Presumably the cut between him and Waldreg means he too succumbs to dark forces and is guilty of horrific crimes, but if he proves himself worthy, it’s likely no one will really care when. He will come out. The conversation between him and Galadriel where they share their sorrows is powerful, especially with Galadriel admitting that for all the confidence he is a pariah from his people and completely disengaging from his quest to stop Sauron. It is consumed that he has destroyed every relationship in his life. It’s a bonding moment that feels like exactly what could lead to a romance between her and Hallebrand. I, for one, would love to see them kiss.

Elsewhere, the relationship between Durin and Elrond becomes more complicated as Elrond discovers the real reason he was sent to Khazad-dm. Forge Selimbor is working on what needs to be completed by spring, which will help preserve the “eternal souls” of the elves from spreading corruption. Even after the explainer, I’m not really sure what it means. How quickly will they fade without light? Will their life be more like that of mortal? Is this the reason the elves have to leave in the third age? The episode is short on answers, but the scenes in the fabled jungles are so disturbingly beautiful that it drives home what would be lost without them.

I complained last week about Elrond’s name Mithril, but I really like the Mithril origin story in “Partings.” The parallel between the veins of the ore and the roots of the tree serves as a vision to explain why balrog and precious ores are essentially bound together. I am glad that Elrond refused to break his oath and instead went to Durin to seek his help. Their friendship is the most fascinating relationship on the show, inspired by Durin’s being funny. Table Bluff is beautiful because it’s such an easy way to get something out of the arrogant scheming High King Gil-galad. Plus, Elrond’s attempt to claim credit for Disha is pretty sweet.

Not everyone is telling the truth in this episode. I’m so upset that Isildur didn’t tell anyone about finding a saboteur on the ship when he was trying to get away. Maybe the kid is just acting on his own out of genuine concern about someone else’s country being dragged into war, but the admiration he expresses for Farazin makes me think it’s his idea. was not. Farazin keeps trying to sow the elves’ distrust and urges Neumann to stay away. Tracing the source of the sabotage would have given everyone an idea of ​​what he was planning.