September 24, 2022
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‘The Rings of Power’ Episode 3 Recap: Galadriel Gets Out of the Water

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Episode 3 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy serves up even extra new locations and new faces. If you happen to’re not taking notes at dwelling, you may need to begin. 

If you happen to want a refresher on episode 2, you could find it right here. If not, we’re reserving a cruise to Númenor, so get on board. Spoilers forward. 


Island life

NÚMENOR — Excellent news, group: Galadriel is lastly out of the water. She wakes up under the deck of a ship. Halbrand brings her some meals and so they banter. He’s a bit of sassy. On deck, the crew eyes her suspiciously. They’re all very matchy-matchy, implying that is some form of uniform. Considered one of them approaches her and says “one of many Eldar on board my ship.” (Eldar is one other identify for the elves.) He’s the captain. Captain Apparent, apparently. She tries to get extra data and nearly all he presents is that they are going “dwelling,” which is not insightful. 

In any case, they sail into the nicest harbor ever in the midst of this place the place I would wish to ebook a trip, pronto. Tall statues constructed into cliffs, stone the whole lot. The climate seems to be good. Overlook Mykonos. We do not want it. 

They get off the boat and when Halbrand asks since when do males like him construct issues like this, Galadriel is like bro. It was the elves. Whereas his ancestors have been busy being loyal to the primary darkish lord Morgoth, the lads who have been loyal to the elves and the Valar (bear in mind these are the angelic-ish being issues) received a whole-ass island raised up out of the Sundering Sea. By no means underestimate the ability of excellent structure. She tells him their individuals have been kin at one level, however ultimately Númenor severed ties.

As a aspect observe, there’s extra drama to unpack right here from the appendices. If I’ll gloss over a bunch of stuff in a way that can certainly win me some indignant emails: The Valar banned males from crusing additional west to Valinor, that means males needed to keep mortal – which was speculated to be factor, initially. A present, even. Over time, Númenorian kings received pissy about it and there ended up being a cut up, leaving solely a bunch of males within the West of Númenor who stayed loyal to the elves and Valar.

ANYWAY. Halbrand tells Galadriel to not antagonize anybody, which…. Simply grasp on to that. They find yourself in entrance of Queen Regent Míriel and King Pharazôn. Instantly, the vibes are off. Galadriel is proud and spunky and asks for passage again to Center Earth, whereas additionally pulling some elf rank on them. Halbrand does some fancy footwork to attempt to make good. They’re given three days with some gentle surveillance. 

Elsewhere, we meet up with Captain Apparent’ son, Isildur — a reputation you MIGHT RECOGNIZE. (For what it is price, Captain Apparent’ actual identify is Elendil.) Isildur is on a ship coaching with the remainder of the lacrosse group or no matter when considered one of them virtually will get swept overboard. He principally saves him. Later, the coaching session continues on the seashore the place the trainer dude makes them chant “THE SEA IS ALWAYS RIGHT,” which is precisely what they made us chant within the bookstore I labored at after grad college. Bizarre. 

After class, extra exposition occurs. There is a factor known as the ocean trial arising (maybe the equal of regionals in Glee?) and in the event that they cross, it is solely a fast 4 years till they make officer. Then: Isildur’s sister Eärien exhibits up with a horse. 

Again on the palace, Míriel is performing some exposition of her personal, speaking about how the white tree outdoors is dropping its petals. I am pondering Miracle Develop would do the job, however she says it is a residing reminder that the eyes and judgment of the Valar are on them. She asks Elendil if he believes that and he is a bit like nah.  She’s a bit of suspicious of him although as a result of apparently his identify means “elf good friend” and he is from the West. And he introduced an elf to city which is a fake pas. So now ensuring Galadriel does not fire up anymore shit goes to be his drawback.


Isildur at sea.

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In the meantime, our woman Galadriel is enjoying 50 ways to leave your lover, besides the lover is Númenor and there is just one manner and it is stealing a skiff (Biff?). Elendil finds her, although, and he or she presents to stab him.

Elendil is unbothered and slips into Dad Mode telling her she reminds him of his children, and even busts out some elvish. Questions are requested and so they find yourself using out West to the place he is from — a spot that is much less hostile to elves — to go to the corridor of regulation. 

The corridor of regulation is principally a complete bunch of scrolls. They begin researching and study a pair alarming issues. Keep in mind that sigil? It isn’t a sigil, it is a map of the Southlands. It turns on the market’s this entire plan to show the realm right into a realm the place evil can basically stay, snigger, love. That is to be enacted by Morgoth’s successor Sauron, if Morgoth is defeated.

We stan an organized darkish lord. 

If you happen to’re questioning the place Halbrand is in all this, he’s making an attempt onerous to determine how he can keep on Númenor as a result of, as beforehand acknowledged, it’s actual good. However, it does have some paperwork as a result of he cannot get a job with out having some kind of gold crest kind factor. 

Later, he is busy consuming mussels when some native goons begin giving him crap about arriving with the “she-elf” and ingesting their ale and consuming their meals as if a plate of seafood goes to ship the island into financial hardship. 

Extra dudes be part of as a result of even within the Tolkien-verse, lunchroom bullies are common. Halbrand buys the subsequent spherical, will get everybody drunk, and steals one man’s crest. Sadly, they weren’t drunk sufficient and nook Halbrand in an alley. In a shock twist, Halbrand completely wrecks the lot of them. The guards get him although, spears drawn. 

That night, Elendil is having dinner with Isildur and Eärien. Isildur tells his dad he may defer the ocean trial. Presumably he needs to spend a yr discovering himself whereas backpacking via Europe.

“Oh good gods,” Isildur says, going into Dad Mode  onerous. Then a message arrives for Eärien. She leaves and Elendil tries to do some light parenting with Isildur till Isildur will get sassy and Elendil tells him his butt goes to be on the ship for the ocean trial. Interval.

Eärien comes again to say she’s been accepted to the builder’s guild. Apparently she’d been rejected beforehand, however Isildur satisfied her to reapply. Elendil is like Isildur, that screw up? And when he seems to be again on the desk, his son is predictably gone, most certainly listening to Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard on his iPod Mini.

Elsewhere, Galadriel visits Halbrand within the jail and is like lol wut occurred to you. She additionally tells him she is aware of there’s extra to him than he is been letting on. In truth, she’s received a scroll to show it. It exhibits an emblem that matches one he is been sporting round his neck. Many moons in the past, a man with the identical mark united the scattered tribes of the Southlands. Possibly — simply possibly, it might occur once more. 

She says: “Your individuals don’t have any king since you are him.” And: “You chafe below the rags of the widespread.” I imply, identical, however a few of us are on a Goal finances, what I imply?

Lastly, he drops the charade: “The inheritor to this mark is inheritor to extra than simply the Aristocracy, for it was his ancestor who swore a blood oath to Morgoth.” 

Ah sure. One other reluctant secret royal with cheekbones and familial baggage to atone for. 

The previous Harfoot heave-ho

RHOVANION — With a day to go earlier than the Harfoot migration, it is pageant time. Everyone seems to be celebrating, however Nori’s mother and father, mother and pa Brandyfoot are stressing as a result of his ankle remains to be busted and, if they cannot carry the cart, they’ll get left behind. 

Nori is much less targeted on the destiny of her household, and extra so on attending to Sadoc’s ebook so she will be able to discover the celebs the Stranger placed on show with the fireflies. However Poppy as soon as once more must be a moist blanket about it.

“I do not need to assist him. He is a large with a brackish mood who typically murders fireflies,” Poppy says, and TBH, she’s not incorrect. They bicker and Nori blackmails Poppy into protecting be careful whereas she steals the ebook. 

Again on the celebration, Sadoc provides a bit of speech, together with about how in prior migrations, some Harfoots have fallen behind, and the way if anybody falls behind this time, they’re going to be carried with them… of their hearts and reminiscences. Which appears… darkish. Like actually friggin darkish. If you happen to have been questioning if Harfoots have a darkish aspect, the reply is sure. He reads a complete listing of Harfoots who got here to numerous in poor health fates like landslides and deep snows. And bees? Together with, it appears, Poppy’s entire famn damily

I might now wish to situation a proper apology to Poppy for calling her a moist blanket. 


The Harfoots will depart you behind. 

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Someplace within the background, the Stranger turns up and swipes the web page with the celebs that Nori took from Sadoc’s ebook… and one way or the other manages to set the web page on hearth whereas making an attempt to learn it. Cease drop and roll, my man. However no. He goes crashing round into the celebration and freaks everybody the hell out tousled in netting. 

“Nori?” He asks. Busted.

Sadoc takes her to activity in entrance of everybody. One Harfoot says that their legal guidelines say that anybody who breaks the foundations goes to be “de-caravanned,” which is Harfoot corporate-speak for let go. Sadoc says they will keep, however their cart might be in the back of the caravan, which is dangerous information due to dad Brandyfoot’s damage.

“It’s possible you’ll as properly have stamped our identify within the ebook of the left behinds,” her mother says. 

The following morning the migration has began. The Brandyfoots are already on the wrestle bus. Or wrestle cart, I ought to say. Pops is over there wrenching his again when the stranger turns up wanting distraught. 

“Pal,” he declares to Nori. She suggests the stranger may also help them push the cart. So, the stranger picks up the rear and so they get scooting alongside on their Harfoot manner.

Are you able to dig it?

SOUTHLANDS — Once we final left Arondir, he was getting dragged off within the underground tunnels within the Southlands. It needs to be of little shock that orcs have been behind that, and so they’re nonetheless dragging him round. He is in some unusual work camp/trench place coated with a shabby cover. One orc says one thing about somebody named Adar. They chain Arondir up and put him to work digging. Rapidly, he acknowledges a few of his elf comrades like Watchwarden Revion and one other named Médhor.

They care for some exposition right here, like mentioning the orcs do not just like the solar. Clearly. No matter these orcs are, they’re giving albino snake vibes and it’s disagreeable. Additionally: they appear to be in search of one thing — a weapon maybe. Revion tells Médhor and Arondir that they should get out of the ditch and get take a look at the tree line to flee the primary probability they get.

Then comes a degree of competition among the many orcs and elves (other than the very fact they’re being held captive.) The orcs need them to chop down a big previous tree and Revion, bless his coronary heart, tries to advocate for the tree. 

Lengthy story quick, Médhor finally ends up useless on this entire tree drama.

However, the captives mount a rebel. Somebody releases a warg, which, I will be trustworthy with you, will not be an excellent flip of occasions. Not for nothing, the tree will get a small serving to of poetic justice. Revion climbs out of the ditch and we see that the entire surrounding space has been ruined. It is very latter day Isengard. He will get arrowed to demise and Arondir will get dragged again down into the ditch as soon as once more. The orcs are about to slice his throat when one says, “wait, convey him to Adar.” I sit at my laptop and go “dun dun duuuuuuun.”

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