'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Who is Adar? Mysterious new 'ELF' character leads an army of Orcs

The newest character on the show might just turn out to be the big bad antagonist for Season 1

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Who is Adar? Mysterious new 'ELF' character leads an army of Orcs
A still of Orcs in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
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The world of Middle Earth is filled with a lot of mysterious characters, but that doesn’t mean that the region can’t be explored and some new, intriguing entities can be created to make things more interesting. ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ has already introduced a few characters that were not a part of the books, but they are already becoming an integral part of the Amazon series. However, the latest episode of the epic fantasy series introduced a new character that will completely blow everyone’s minds.

So, at the start of Episode 3, we get to know that Arondir (Ismael Cruz Cordova) has been captured by an army of Orcs and is being taken to the Southlands to help them achieve something. A few moments later we found out that he is not the only Elf/Human who is being held captive and some of his friends are also there. The main objective for the Orcs is to make a channel through which they can some of the important parts of Middle Earth and wreak havoc. But things go haywire when Arondir and his friends start complaining that it won’t be easy to build a channel because of a tree that’s blocking their path. A fight takes place and Arondir uses his strength and mind to outclass the Orcs. However, the fight ends with Medhor and Revion getting killed by the Orcs while Arondir is taken back into the hostage camp.

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Orcs are really worried about Arondir, so they decide to present him in front of their master, aka ADAR.

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A still from 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
A still from 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)

The episode concludes with Adar making an entrance into the show. The character seems to have pointy fingers and a huge build, but he’s definitely not an Orc. So, who is this new character? Was he in the books? Let’s find out.

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Who is Adar?

First things first, Adar is not in the books and has been created for ‘The Rings of Power’. As per the information, Adar is actually one of the elves that were supposed to be fallen and tortured by the Dark Lord. In the end, he became evil and started leading an army of the Orcs. Although this is the only information that the show has provided about the character and also, in the episode, he is just introduced at the very end and viewers don’t even get to see how he looks or how he behaves.

But it will be interesting to see how Arondir will react when he sees an Elf leading a pack of Orcs.

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Who plays Adar in ‘The Rings of Power’?

‘Game of Thrones’ star Joseph Mawle will be seen playing the role of Adar in the series. The British actor has been doing films and TV shows since 1998 and has been a part of several high-end projects. ‘Persuasion’, ‘The Passion’, ‘Walking the Dead’, ‘Five Daughters’, ‘The Awakening’, ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’, ‘The Tunnel’, ‘In the Heart of the Sea’, and ‘Game of Thrones’.

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Actor Joseph Mawle attends the Rakuten TV EMPIRE Awards 2018 at The Roundhouse on March 18, 2018 in London, England.
Actor Joseph Mawle attends the Rakuten TV EMPIRE Awards 2018 at The Roundhouse on March 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Mawle portrayed the character of Benjen Stark on the HBO show and was one of the pivotal members of House Stark.

There are no doubts about Mawle’s acting capabilities and that’s why viewers are excited to see how the character turns out to be. As of now, we would have to wait a little longer to see his complete look because Amazon concluded the episode with a massive cliffhanger.

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'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' returns to Amazon Prime Video with a new episode every Friday at 12 am EST. 

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