'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Episode 4: Did Galadriel foresee Numenor's doom?
Numenor is one of the most important places in Middle Earth and certainly, the most beautiful as well. The last week’s episode of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ gave a glimpse of how gorgeous the island kingdom of Numeron was when Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Halbrand were being taken to that place. Although they were not welcomed there and everyone wanted to send them back, we got to know a lot about why the Kingdom of Men doesn’t love Elves so much.
If we go back into history, Numenor was established on an island brought up out of the sea by the Valar in the early Second Age. The island was given to the Three Houses of the Edain after they helped defeat Morgoth in the battle. In the previous episode, Miriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), the Queen Regent of Numenor, believed that the return of an elf means something devastating is about to come and she can’t see her kingdom in trouble. However, in Episode 4 of ‘The Rings of Power’, Miriel and Galadriel saw something that would play an important role in the battle against evil.
The first scene of the episode sees Miriel talking to new mothers and blessing their babies. While talking to one of the mothers, an earthquake of high magnitude hit Numenor and when everyone thought that it was over, the castle began to shake again. A few seconds later, the white leaves of Nimloth began falling down and huge waves of water began entering the kingdom of Numenor, destroying every inch of the kingdom. However, it was soon revealed that Miriel was watching all of this in a dream.
In another scene, Galadriel returns with the symbol which indicated that evil has entered Middle Earth again and is currently in the Southlands. So, Galadriel wanted Miriel to join her in defeating the evil creatures. However, Miriel didn’t do anything, even when Galadriel tried to make her understand by talking about her father and how he was a supporter of Elves, Miriel didn’t say yes to help and threw Galadriel into prison.
In the end, Galadriel managed to get out of the prison and got inside the chambers of Miriel’s father where she got to know about the failing health of the former ruler. Galadriel and Miriel walked together and reached a point where Miriel introduced her to Palantir, the indestructible crystal ball. The Queen Regent told Galadriel to put her hand on it and as soon as she did that, Galadriel saw the same devastation that Miriel saw in her dream. Miriel told her that whatever she saw was Numenor’s future and that’s why they can’t help her because if they do, the kingdom is doomed.
The Queen Regent told her that she has to save her people and kingdom from the wrath of the gods and it won’t be wise for her to help Galadriel. The conversation ended with Miriel telling Galadriel that she will be taken out of the kingdom in the morning and taken back to her kingdom.
Will Miriel have a change of heart? Or the kingdom of Numenor will be facing the wrath of Orcs and Sauron? We’ll get to know when the show returns.