The Power Rings Character Explained

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is full of villains or characters who could become villains, and Episode 3 introduced a new one into the mix: Adar.

After the two-episode drama premiere on September 2, Slivan Elf Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) was captured and his attackers were revealed in the series’ third episode, also titled “Adar.”

Here’s everything you need to know about the character and what his future might entail on the Prime Video show.

Who is Adar? Explanation of the character of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”

An Orc who is revealed to be one of Adar’s disciples in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Episode 3. The series is full of villains.
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power rings is based on the iconic fantasy books by JRR Tolkien and is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, when Sauron came to power and created the titular Rings, as well as the One Ring.

Adar is another new Middle-earth character who was created by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay for the purposes of the series. That means there’s a lot of potential when it comes to his villainous ways.

The character is mentioned quite often in the third episode, raised with reverence by the orcs who captured Arondir, his fellow elves, and countless humans from the Southlands.

When Arondir is taken by his captors to an unknown location in the Southlands, the orcs who took him comment on how he was brought “for Adar”, who later is described as Morgoth’s “successor”.

Adar is an Elvish word, exclaims Arondir, and in the Elvish language, Sindarin, the name means “father”, according to the Elvish Dictionary.

There are several characters in power rings who could possibly be Sauron in disguise, and Adar is a new addition to the list of suitors, especially since his name means “father”, which Sauron was likely to be thought of as by the orcs.

Arondir and his companions also wondered if the name could have been an alias used by the villain, so that’s another potential clue, but perhaps too obvious to prove true.

The character himself makes a dramatic entrance at the very end of the third episode, his orc followers bowing to him in respect and chanting his name as he walks towards Rounding through the tunnels where they keep their prisoners.

Rather than showing Adar’s face, the camera first focuses on his hand, which is gloved with a gauntlet of armor reminiscent of Sauron’s iconic look.

Then, when the camera shows Adar walking towards Arondir, it remains out of focus until the closing credits, showing only the hint of his pointy ears, suggesting that the character is in fact an elf.

Joseph Mawle portrays Adar, and this is only clear because his name is listed in the episode’s credits as previously the actor’s role was undisclosed.

Whether he will turn out to be Sauron or just an elf corrupted by him remains to be seen, but Adar is certainly a villain worth noting.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power airs Fridays on Prime Video.

Joseph Mawlé
Joseph Mawle attends the British Independent Film Awards on December 10, 2017 in London, England. The actor is credited with portraying Adar in episode 3, although his face was not clearly shown on camera.
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