'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Episode 5: 'Partings' pay a stunning tribute to Gandalf the Wizard

In one of the scenes, we see the Harfoots paying a homage to Gandalf with a song

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Episode 5: 'Partings' pay a stunning tribute to Gandalf the Wizard
A still of Harfoots from 'The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios) and Gandalf the Grey in 'Lord of the Rings' (New Line Cinema)
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‘Lord of the Rings’ has always been about world-building and extraordinary character. From Aragorn to Balrog, we have witnessed some of the most riveting characters in the world of fiction writing coming from Middle Earth. One of the most prominent characters in JRR Tolkien’s saga is undoubtedly Gandalf the Wizard. The wizard has been a really integral part of the story, especially when the Fellowship was being created to defeat Sauron in the third age. However, in Amazon’s ‘The Rings of Power’, we haven’t seen or heard about Gandalf as of now. Although most people believed that the man who fell from the sky is actually Gandalf.

But now it seems a subtle clue has been given to make people believe that the wizard might have made an appearance on the show. In Episode 5, we see the Harfoots traveling to reach to a secure position and the Stranger is helping them. So, they are starting a new day and they are moving again. At the time of their journey, Poppy starts singing a song about a Harfoot trying to complete a journey and how difficult it can be for them.

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Megan Richards as Poppy and Markella Kavenagh as Nori in 'The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
Megan Richards as Poppy and Markella Kavenagh as Nori in 'The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)

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However, one of the lines in the song sounded really familiar and put a smile on everybody’s face. While talking about the Harfoots, Poppy sings that her legs are too short and the way is too long and the only comfort she has in the journey is this “song”. So, she requests the “lands” to sing her a song and guide her in this wandering way. The next line reads, “At last comes their answer. Through cold and through frost, That not all who wander are lost. No matter the sorrow, No matter the cost, That not all who wander are lost.”

Well, if you are a real fan of ‘Lord of the Rings’, then you know how special these lines are because “Not all who wander are lost” was said by Gandalf in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’. In a letter written to Frodo Baggins in Book 1, Gandalf says, “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, A light from the shadows shall spring; Renewed shall be blade that was broken, The crownless again shall be king.”

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Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (New Line Cinema)
Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf the White in 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy (New Line Cinema)

 

The wizard said those lines in a poem about Aragorn and the line “not all those who wander are lost” is a reflection on Aragorn’s adventures in the wild under the pseudonym Strider. We all know how Aragorn became King Elessar and married Arwen at a midsummer.

This one line paid an amazing homage to one of the most extraordinary characters in Middle Earth and if that’s an indication that the Stranger is Gandalf, then we might have just got to know where he heard these lines for the first time.

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