'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Premiere: How does Beleg's Black Sword reach Theo and why is it reforging itself?

Although the black sword played an important role in the First Age, its reintroduction in Second Age opens new doors

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Premiere: How does Beleg's Black Sword reach Theo and why is it reforging itself?
Official poster for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
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Contains Spoilers for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' Premiere

The world of ‘Lord of the Rings’ is filled with menacing characters and there’s no doubt that every character has a pivotal role to play in the Middle-Earth. One of the most brilliantly written characters in JRR Tolkien’s world is Sauron and some even believe that Sauron is one of the greatest antagonists of fiction. So, while Amazon had the task cut out for them, it is safe to say 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' has managed to capture the essence of the books.

One aspect that made Sauron a formidable force is his sword, which is also known as the Black Sword. The trailers for the series gave us a glimpse of this sword and the first two episodes prominently feature the weapon on the show. During the premiere, we see the magical black sword as a broken hilt held by Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin’s) – a human character created specifically for the TV series. As soon as he sees the sword for the first time, it looks like it was trying to manipulate him and reforge itself, meaning the dark lord was still present.

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After every significant thing happening during the premiere, the blade starts to reforge itself as if it was never broken. However, it starts to become even more active when a meteorite crash-lands on Middle-Earth and brings an unknown man into the era. Once again, the sword reforges itself and fire starts burning as the sword starts remaking itself. There are still doubts about which sword it is because Sauron used Gurthang in the First Age, so it should be making an entry in the Second Age. So, what is this blade? Let’s take a look.

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Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)

What is the Black Sword in ‘The Rings of Power’ premiere?

If it is indeed Gurthang, then it’s a new addition to the world of Tolkien. Originally dubbed Anglachel, this legendary sword was made by the twisted elf Eol using metal from a meteorite that fell to earth. It was fierce and bloodthirsty, drinking the blood of those it bit. Nevertheless, innocent blood left a terrible shroud of grief on the sword and it was remembered.

Whenever the sword’s original owner, Beleg, took it out, it was so exciting that it started to sing. However, tragedy struck when Beleg was accidentally killed by his own blade. Gurthang broke when two more owners were killed by its blade and the pieces were buried with one of its victims.

So, it seems ‘The Rings of Power’ has shown that the Black Sword is being handed down through several generations and as soon as Sauron returns, its thirst for blood is reignited once again and it has started to reforge itself. It would be interesting to see how the Black Sword plays an important role in the series.

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