- In the first season, “The Rings of Power” featured a mini-glimpse of Middle-earth’s oldest beings: the Ents.
- Will Season 2 pick up a loose thread from The Lord of the Rings books and movies and show us the Entwives?
In “The Rings of Power” we got a very brief glimpse of the Ents alongside Elves, Men, Orcs and Harfeet in Middle-earth. Hidden deep in Fangorn Forest, they watched the Stranger’s meteorite fall from the sky.
In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Treebeard mentions to the hobbits Merry and Pippin that Entwives used to exist, but they lost them. A sad story that also has a background story by Tolkien.
Will Season 2 of The Rings of Power explore this little-known chapter of Middle-earth and show us the Entwives? A perfect opportunity for this could be the travels of the Stranger/Istari and Nori to the East.
Think of the trees
The forest, nature, plants and trees have an enormous importance in Tolkien’s world and literary writings. Trees have been dear to Elves in particular since they awoke in Middle-earth tens of thousands of years ago.
This importance is made all the more important by the importance of the Two Trees, the primary sources of ancient light in Valinor. In “The Rings of Power” we learn from a Lindon tree that the elves perish. Nature and its destiny seem inextricably linked to the Eldar.
The shepherds of the forest
The Ents, meanwhile, are believed to be children of the Vala Yavanna, who created the giant tree creatures to protect the forests from the dwarves. The Elves taught the Ents to speak, but Treebeard and his ancestors rarely interfered in the affairs of mortals.
Instead, they slept long in ancient forests like Fangorn Forest at the foot of the Misty Mountains. Sometime during the Second Age, however, that much is known, the Entwives left their homeland and headed east. There they wanted to spread the knowledge about the cultivation of fruits and flowers in honor of their goddess and creator Yavanna.
Meeting the Stranger and Nori in the East at the Entwives?
In the Season 1 finale of The Rings of Power, it was revealed that the Stranger is actually a powerful sorcerer, an Istari. Together with Nori he wants to travel to the realm of Rhun in the far east to learn more about his mission and destiny.
This is exactly where the Entwives are said to have traveled. A perfect opportunity to show how the stranger and Nori encounter these in season two. Perhaps they would learn more about the road to Rhun from them, or perhaps about the dark menaces and the shadow of Sauron that takes hold there.
The noble ent-gardeners of the East
In Tolkien’s Legends and Tales of the Second Age it is said that the Gardens of the Entwives in the East were profuse and beautiful. There they even raised their grandchildren and lived in harmony with other peoples and races.
It is therefore also conceivable that the procession of the harfeet one encounters a small town where people from the east live together with the Entwives. The harfeet could learn farming from them and thus settle down in the long run.
In the grand finale of The Rings of Power, do we see the sad fate of the Entwives?
The War of the Last Alliance is set to be the epochal finale of the Amazon series. In it, humans, elves and even some dwarves allied themselves to attack Sauron in Mordor and end his dark reign.
To hamper the advance of enemy forces, Sauron set fire to large tracts of land around the River Anduin. A barren, dead landscape emerged that would become known as Dagorland and the Swamp of Sorrows.
Unfortunately, the Gardens of the Entwives are also believed to be here. So did Sauron burn all Entwives in his war against the free peoples? Unfortunately, since nothing is known of them in the Third Age, it seems likely that the Entwives were innocent victims of war.
Of course, it is also possible that they were able to escape the flaming inferno and have found a new home in the east. After all, in the films, Treebeard simply says that they “lost” their Entwives.
It would definitely be a nice establishment of this old tale by Tolkien in the series. In addition, the Entwives could also contribute a lot to the plot and personal development of Nori and the Stranger. It would also be an impressive visual spectacle to look at.
A start date for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Season 2 has not yet been set. Before 2024, however, we shouldn’t expect new episodes in the Amazon Prime Video news program.
|The Lord of the Rings: Evaluating the Rings of Power|
|genre||Drama, Action & Adventure, Sci-Fi & Fantasy|
|First broadcast in Germany|
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