'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Who is Celebrimbor? Sauron tortured Charles Edward's master smith FOR YEARS

Celebrimbor, the master smith-maker, was tricked by Sauron to make three Rings of Power while he was busy making the One Ring to rule them all

'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Who is Celebrimbor? Sauron tortured Charles Edward's master smith FOR YEARS
Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor in a still from 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
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With ‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ premiere just around the corner, there’s a lot of excitement among fans to see what new perspective the show can give them about the Middle-Earth. Interestingly, this is the first time we are going to see a story primarily focusing on the second age. Just like the original ‘LOTR’ film trilogy, rings will play an important part in the upcoming Amazon series.

And when we talk about the rings, how can we forget the person who actually forged them? An Elven-smith named Celebrimbor was responsible for making the “Rings of Power” and starting a period of Middle-Earth that was filled with joy, and happiness, along with war and saw. So, let’s take a look at the character who forged the Rings of Power.

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A still from 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
A still from 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)

Who is Celebrimbor?

Celebrimbor was the son of Curufin, the fifth son of Feanor and Nerdanel, and Fëanor's only known grandchild. Interestingly, the Middle-Earth saga doesn’t mention where and when Celebrimbor was born and the only thing anyone knows about his whereabouts is that he used to live in the Elvish realm of Eregion in the Second Age. He was instrumental in finding the brotherhood of jewel smiths.

As far as the First Age is concerned, Celebrimbor fought in the battle of Dagor-nuin-Giliath and Dagor Aglareb. He also survived the Fall of Gondolin and decided to live in the Middle-Earth after the war. In the Second Age, he started dealing with the Dwarves of the realm of Khazad-dum. However, everything changed when a stranger came to the realm and started meeting the master-smiths. He told everyone that his name is Annatar and he has been sent here to educate everyone in the art of ring-making. However, no one knew that Annatar is actually Sauron in disguise. Initially, Celebrimbor didn’t like Annatar and continued defying what he said. Meanwhile, other smiths were in awe of him and started making rings like Annatar wanted them to.

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Daniel Weyman as 'The Stranger' in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Prime Video)
Daniel Weyman as 'The Stranger' in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Prime Video)

Unfortunately, Celebrimbor also got caught in the web of lies and started forging the three Elven rings without any assistance from Sauron. But unbeknownst to him, the craft taught by Sauron incorporated binding magic into the rings. Celebrimbor named them Vilya, Narya, and Nenya after the principal Middle-earth elements of air, fire, and water, respectively. He sent the rings to different places for safekeeping.

In secret, Sauron forged the One Ring, a master ring that would rule all the lesser rings, to enable him to rule Middle-earth via its influence over those who used the other rings.

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A still of 'One Ring' from 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (MGM)
A still of 'One Ring' from 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (MGM)

Sauron retaliated by attacking Eregion, laying waste to the realm. Celebrimbor was captured in the chaos and was forced, under torture, to disclose the locations of the lesser rings. However, he did not reveal where he sent three of the greatest rings he made (Vilya, Narya, and Nenya). Celebrimbor died from his torment; his body was shot with arrows and hung upon a pole.

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Who plays Celebrimbor in ‘The Rings of Power’?

Charles Edwards

One of the prominent names in the UK’s entertainment industry, Charles Edwards has tasted success in almost everything he did in his life. He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1992 and started performing on stage. He acted in his first theatre production at the age of 24 and since then, he has appeared in many shows such as ‘Hay Fever’, ‘Private Lives’, and ‘The Apple Cart’. Edwards received acclaim for his Broadway debut performance as Richard Hannay in the 2005 play of ‘The 39 Steps’. In 1999, he made his feature film debut with ‘An Ideal Husband’ and went on to play the role of King Edward VII in the ITV drama ‘Bertie and Elizabeth’. Meanwhile, his first role in a Hollywood movie came in 2005 with ‘Batman Begins’.

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Charles Edwards attends
Charles Edwards attends 'The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power' Los Angeles Red Carpet Premiere and Screening on August 15, 2022, in Los Angeles, California (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

He has also been a part of titles like ‘Midsomer Murders’, ‘Downtown Abbey’, ‘Philomena’, ‘Diana’, ‘Sherlock’, ‘The Crown’, and ‘The Witches’.

‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Thursday, September 1.

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