'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': What was the creature that attacked Galadriel? All about 'the worm'

After jumping off the ship, Galadriel encountered a sea monster that destroys an entire ship of people

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': What was the creature that attacked Galadriel? All about 'the worm'
A still featuring the sea monster in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Prime Video)
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Middle Earth is filled with extraordinary characters. Be it humans, elves, or even monsters, every character in the epic fantasy saga of JRR Tolkien plays an important role in the story. In the first two episodes of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, we got to witness a lot of intriguing characters such as a young and fiery Galadriel, a calm and composed Elrond (Robert Aramayo), and a mysterious guy from outer space. However, there’s one particular character that intrigued a lot of people even when its screen-time was less than five minutes during the premiere.

The series started with Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) embarking on a journey to find Sauron. She believed that Sauron is still present in Middle Earth and will return wreak havoc in the region. However, she’s not able to find the Dark Lord and unfortunately, has to return to her kingdom. As soon as she returns, she is given a hero’s welcome and as a result, she, along with some other warriors, is set to the undying lands of Valinor. We see her leaving in her warrior dress that is taken off as soon they approach closer to their destination and they are in a long white gown. However, Galadriel is still in conflict if she should stop her pursuit and go to the undying lands. So, she decides to carry on with her journey and jumps off the ship to find Sauron.

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

Now, she’s in the middle of the ocean, which is known as the Sundering Seas. She starts swimming and encounters some people who looked like the survivors of a shipwreck. Although they are skeptical of having her with them because she’s an elf, we soon realize that there’s a monster lurking in these waters and is feasting on a group of humans.

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Described as a “worm” in Episode 2 by a shipwreck survivor, the giant monster attacked the shipwreck survivors once again and killed almost all of them. Halbrand was the only person to survive the attack as Galadriel looked at the monster from a distance.

Even though both characters seemed to be rescued by the end of the second episode, the sea monster might just return to prey on humans once again and feast on them. So, what is this sea monster? And does this monster exist in the books as well? Let’s take a look.

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Galadriel (Prime Video)

What sea monster attacked Galadriel and other human survivors?

Although Episode 2 of ‘The Rings of Power’ did not give a full look at the sea monster, it showed enough to get an idea of how massive this creature was. It has a snake-like build, which suggests that he is a sea serpent. If you have been a fan of fantasy novels, then you know that sea serpents are like dragons of the ocean. With that huge size and unmatchable strength, this monster could have easily capsized ships and destroyed anything that comes in front of it.

It’s worth noticing that Tolkien never discussed any specific sea serpent in Middle Earth and the only monster of that sort to feature is the Watcher. The Watcher in the Water was featured in ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’ and captured Frodo in one of its tentacles as he and the entire group was trying to enter Moria through its West Gate. But we never could see how the Watcher looked in the books, so basically, no one knows if it was a sea serpent or any other kind of sea monster.

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

Unfortunately, no one knows anything about the monster that was just featured on the Amazon show. Mainly, the Middle Earth saga doesn’t talk much about sea monsters because of its setting, but ‘The Rings of Power’ is set in a different timeline and takes more creative freedom in introducing more characters to the story. So, it would be interesting to explore the kind of monsters that used to live in the oceans of Middle Earth that was not really explored in the books.

The series takes place in the Second Age of Middle Earth and has already introduced viewers to a wide range of new characters. But a sea monster would definitely be an amazing addition to the show. Keeping our fingers crossed!

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'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' returns to Amazon Prime Video with a new episode on Friday, at 12 am EST.

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