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THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER: Episode 1.8: “Alloyed”

"Brilliantly Written, Exciting, Redemptive, and Heartfelt"

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What You Need To Know:

The last episode to Season One of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER concludes three of Season One’s major plots. In one, the blind Queen Regent returns home to Númenor, only to find out her father, the elderly King, has died. In the second, Nori and the three hobbits following the Stranger try to protect him from three demonic characters. Finally, the master elven blacksmith uses the mithril gem to forge three magical rings that will stop the elves from dying. As the process continues, Galadriel grows suspicious that something’s not right.

Streaming on Amazon Prime, Episode Eight of RINGS OF POWER is very satisfying, heartfelt and entertaining. Brilliantly written, it captures many of the redemptive, moral themes in Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS. Besides the story of the three elven rings, it also refers to the creation of the other rings of power, including the “one ring to rule them all. . . and in the darkness bind them.” The RINGS OF POWER: Season One conclusion promotes wisdom, prayer, hope, goodness, sacrifice, faith in providence, family, service, and purity.

Content:

(CCC, BBB, PP, VV, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong allegorical Proto-Christian, redemptive worldview of Good versus Demonic Evil with a reference to God and very strong, positive moral elements promoting wisdom, the banishment of demonic evil back into the evil shadow from which it springs, prayer, hope, goodness, sacrifice, faith/trust in providence, family, service, and purity, plus there’s a Pro-Western theme of opposition to tyranny and letting absolute power reside in a lesser being apart from God, a deceitful demonic spirit is revealed that echoes the biblical idea that the Devil, Satan, is the father of lies, a character is tied up like a crucifixion, and there’s a symbolic cross object that briefly plays a miraculous role in returning demonic evil to the “shadow” from which it came

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
Some scary violence occurs where three demonic characters surround several heroic hobbit characters with fire and hurl deadly throwing knives at them, the hobbits defend themselves against the weapons, a demonic figure mortally wounds one hobbit character, one hobbit character throws rocks at one of the three demonic characters, and a character appears to be drowning in some brief images in one section of the episode

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
A demonic character is revealed to be a deceiver who uses seduction and temptation to do evil and to corrupt the good, a theme which reflects one of the great themes in all of Tolkien’s work, from LORD OF THE RUNGS to THE SIMLARILLION.

More Detail:

“Alloyed,” the last episode of Season One of THE RINGS OF POWER, the LORD OF THE RINGS prequel series on Amazon Prime, depicts the making of the three rings for the elves and reveals what happens when Nori and three other hobbits try to help the Stranger fend off three demonic characters. The last episode of THE RINGS OF POWER: Season One brings out some of the best, most profound epic themes in the lore behind THE LORD OF THE RINGS, with exciting, heartfelt moments of high drama and a strong Proto-Christian, allegorical, moral worldview promoting redemptive, moral values like prayer, hope, goodness, sacrifice, faith/trust in providence, family, service, and purity.

The episode brings to a conclusion three of Season One’s major plots.

In the first of the plots, Elendil’s daughter gets some cryptic, final warnings from the dying, elderly King of Númenor. Meanwhile, Elendil and the Queen Regent sail home to Númenor, only to find out the King has died.

In the second plot, the hobbit Nori and three other hobbits follow the Stranger to warn him about the three demonic visitors who destroyed the hobbits’ camp. Eventually, a small, deadly battle occurs when the visitors approach the Stranger.

Finally, Galadriel rushes to Lindon, the ruling city of the elves, hoping they can heal the serious wound that threatens to send Halbrand, the new King of the Southlands, to his grave. After Halbrand is healed, Lord Celebrimbor, the master elven blacksmith, and Lord Elrond ask permission from High King Gil-galad to take the mystical mithril gem from the dwarves and forge a magical crown that will stop the elves from dying. The King gives them only three weeks to finish the work before the King takes all the elves out of Middle Earth and across the sea to the “undying lands” of Valinor, where there is no sickness or corruption. However, as the process transforms into a plan to create three magical rings, Galadriel grows suspicious that something’s not right.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER is way better than the two GAMES OF THRONES series on HBO. Streaming on Amazon Prime, Episode Eight of RINGS OF POWER is very satisfying, heartfelt and entertaining. Brilliantly written, it captures the spirit of many of the redemptive, moral themes in Tolkien’s LORD OF THE RINGS. It also makes a nice reference to the upcoming creation of all the other rings, including the seven rings for the dwarf lords, the nine rings for mortal men and Sauron’s forging of the “one ring to rule them all. . . and in the darkness bind them.” The RINGS OF POWER: Season One conclusion also promotes wisdom, prayer, hope, goodness, sacrifice, faith in providence, family, service, and purity.

In addition, one scene shows the banishment of demonic evil back into the “shadow” from which it springs. In that scene, a symbolic cross object plays a miraculous role. In another scene, Galadriel strongly opposes tyranny. Finally, the episode reveals Sauron to be a deceiver who uses seduction and temptation to do evil and to corrupt the good. This revelation reflects one of the great themes in all of Tolkien’s work, from LORD OF THE RINGS to THE SIMLARILLION. Of course, listening to wisdom, doing the right thing and making sacrifices are three of the ways that the heroes in Tolkien overcome such evil. Evil prevails when good people, or redeemed people filled with God’s righteousness, do nothing.

There is some scary violence in THE RINGS OF POWER: Episode 1.8. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

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