‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’: Who is Trystan Gravelle’s Pharazon? King had forcefully married his cousin

Eager to snatch the throne, Pharazon decided to marry his cousin Tar-Miriel against her will as she was the rightful ruling queen of Numenor

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’: Who is Trystan Gravelle’s Pharazon? King had forcefully married his cousin
Pharazon (L) married his cousin Tar-Miriel (R) against her will to snatch the Numenor throne from her (Amazon Prime Video)
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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Fans' waiting period will come to an end within the next few days as ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ will be released globally on September 1, 2022, on Amazon Prime Video. While fans have gotten a detailed introduction to the glorious kingdom of Numenor in the trailer, many of them don’t know about Pharazon and his role during Middle-earth's second age.

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Talking about the characters in the prequel saga, Pharazon (Trystan Gravelle) is one of the most interesting characters. According to LOTR Fandom.com, Pharazon had tremendous powers which he misused it a lot. His desire to become immortal had a huge role in the destruction of Numenor as a kingdom.

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Who is Pharazon?

According to the website, Pharazon also known as "Ar-Pharazon", was the twenty-fifth and last king of Numenor. Ar-Pharazon was the son of Gimilkhad who was the leader of the King's Men during the reign of Tar-Palantir of Numenor.

Pharazon grew into a man of great strength, stature, and will. He wasn’t like the ancient heroes of the Edain. In these earlier days, he had been really good friends with his distant kin Amandil. Amandil was the future Lord of Andunie in making and also the leader of the Faithful. However, he was his father's child and thus, was instructed in the ways of the King's Men.

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Trystan Gravelle as Pharazon in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Prime Video)

Pharazon became a man of great pride and developed a hunger for acquiring more wealth and glory. He grew restless in his homeland and was often abroad leading like-minded Numenoreans in the wars against the Men of Middle-earth. In this, he did really well on both land and sea. He amassed a great amount of wealth and also earned a huge respect as a captain due to the war. When he finally returned home, the people rejoiced for him. He was very popular and generous with the wealth and fortunes he won in Middle-earth.

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Pharazon forcefully married his cousin Miriel

Upon King Tar-Palantir’s death in SA 3255, there was no name to be considered for being the next ruler of Numenor. Tar-Palantir’s daughter Miriel (Cynthia Addai Robinson) would originally have become the next ruling queen of Numenor but this did not happen. After the death of her father, Pharazon decided to wed his daughter Miriel against her will. As Tar-Miriel was the rightful ruling queen of Numenor, Pharazon was able to take over the throne. Post marriage, he changed his wife’s name to Ar-Zimraphel. He refused to use the Elven language. He also ill-treated the last remainders of the Faithful.

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