In Review: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1 – EP3) Adar

Arondir finds himself a captive.

Synopsis: In Adar, Arondir finds himself a captive. Galadriel and Halbrand explore a legendary kingdom. Elendil is given a new assignment. Nori faces the consequences.


The Story

Picking up from where last week left off. Galadriel and Halbrand, who is the King of the Southlands find themselves saved at sea and are taken to the island Kingdom of Numenor where their arrival is the cause of unease. Queen Regent Míriel is not impressed with Galadriel, who is the first Elf to visit the Kingdom since its founding. Thankfully, Halibrand is a bit more diplomatic than Galadriel and manages to buy them some time to recuperate while trying to seek passage back to Middle Earth. 

In light of the arrival of Galadriel and Halbrand. The Queen Regent tasks Elendil with an assignment.

Meanwhile, in the Southlands. Arondir has been captured by some Orks and it is not too long before he conspires with other prisoners in order to try and stage a prison break.

Elsewhere, The Hobbits seek to relocate their Caravan, but when Nori’s new mysterious friend has a bit of an accident. Nori and the Brandyfoot family are made to travel at the back of the Caravan, which is the most dangerous place for them to be.


The Acting

Morfydd Clark and Charlie Vickers continue to impress as Galadriel and Halbrand. The scene where they enter the Kingdom of Numenor is full of tension. I especially liked Cynthia Addai-Robinson’s Queen Regent who apparently doesn’t have too much time for Elves. The tension between the Queen and Galadriel is definitely a factor and interesting to watch.

Markella Kavenagh once again shines as the adventitious Nori Brandyfoot who feels very much like a precursive character to Bilbo and Frodo in that she seems to be cast from the same mold as those characters.



Adar is rather slow to get going. But once it does it winds up being an interesting episode in terms of what story and mythology are teased out. The relationship between Galadriel and Halbrand is worked on somewhat and we get a great scene in which Galadriel tells Halbrand that it is not fate that they have met.

The scale of the island city of Numenor is impressive. You can tell that Amazon has thrown a great deal of money at this series as it truly shows up in the production values and the visual elements of the show. I loved the camera work as we see Galadriel and Halbrand walk into the huge city at the start of the show.

Overall. A pretty solid episode.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (S1 - EP3) Adar
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2 Comments on this post.
  • Kampus Terbaik
    12 September 2022 at 9:59 am -

    Lord Of The Rings has finally made a series. What is the direction of the story and who will play a role in it?

    • Ian Cullen
      12 September 2022 at 12:25 pm -

      It is all basically the backstory about how The Rings came into being. The main two returning characters from the books and the movie trilogies are Elrond and Galadriel on which most of the story is focused.