'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Episode 5: Pharazon's ulterior motives come to light as war begins

Pharazon is one of the most important characters in 'The Rings of Power' and he just opened up about his motives for the war

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Episode 5: Pharazon's ulterior motives come to light as war begins
Trystan Gravelle (Pharazon) and Leon Wadham (Kemen) in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Episode 5 (Amazon Studios)
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‘The Lord of the Rings’ has always been about the fight between good and evil, but there are some fractions of good that turned out to be evil as the story progressed. In ‘LOTR’, the joining of hands between Saruman and Sauron shocked everyone and changed the course of the battle for a while. Meanwhile, in ‘The Hobbit’, Thorin Oakenshield got so obsessed with the gold that he let others fight the battles for him while he just sat on his throne and cared about the mines filled with gold. Eventually, he got to know what he was doing and joined the war.

Amazon’s ‘The Rings of Power’ has also shown that even though the Numenor is set to go to war with Adar, there are some people inside the kingdom who are supporting this war for different reasons. Ar-Pharazon, who is the counsel to Miriel, has been following all the orders that the Queen Regent of Numenor gives and is ready for the war. However, there are many who still believe that they shouldn’t be going to war.

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Trystan Gravelle as Ar-Pharazon in 'The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
Trystan Gravelle as Ar-Pharazon in 'The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)

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In one of the scenes, Pharazon can be seen studying the maps of Middle Earth to make the strategy for wars when his son, Kemen, comes to him and questions why are they even going to the war. Kemen says that if he (Pharazon) tries then he can make the Queen Regent believe that there’s no need for Numenor to be a part of this war because it doesn’t solve any purpose. That’s when Pharazon revealed his actual plan. The consul to the Queen Regent tells the person that the only reason that he has said nothing about not going to war is that they are in total at this point in time and he has already mapped out how this war will bring more glory for the kingdom.

He says that when the war is over and they have won the war, Numenor will give the Southlands its right king in the form of Halbrandt. After that, the entire region will forever be grateful to Numenor and that will open the gates for “trade” and many other things. Pharazon believes that Numenor will be bigger than ever and he will never try to stop the war because it is for a greater purpose.

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Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)

So, it’s loud and clear that Pharazon has his own reasons to say yes to the battle. Also, supporting Miriel also shows how loyal he is to the throne and by doing so he is making his claim to the throne even stronger.

Will everything go as per Pharazon’s plan? Or something even more disastrous is waiting for them on the battlefield. Let’s wait and watch.

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