In The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the island of Númenor plays an important role. It did not appear in the films. We reveal everything you need to know!
- A lot will happen on the island of Númenor in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
- The kingdom plays an important role in Tolkien’s Legendarium, but Númenor has not yet been seen in the previous films.
- We provide you with all the information you need to know about the island of Númenor and its role in “The Lord of the Rings”!
The island of Númenor is one of the main settings in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”. It is the magnificent realm of men, which was – read: was – superior in so many ways to Gondor and Rohan from The Lord of the Rings films. We tell you everything you need to know about Númenor!
The Lord of the Rings: When, how and by whom was Númenor created?
The Lord of the Rings series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth. This is heralded by a victory over the evil Morgoth. At the end of the First Age, there is a massive battle in which the Valar face Morgoth and defeat him.
In gratitude to the Edain, humans who helped the Valar fight the villain, the star-shaped island of Númenor was raised from the sea between the continent of Middle-earth and the realm of the Valar, Valinor.
The Rings of Power: How are Númenórians different from other people?
The Edain were not only bequeathed the island. The people of the island of Númenor, the Númenórians that is, were blessed with long life. Some even lived up to 400 years. Moreover, the Númenórians are taller, stronger and wiser than ordinary people who inhabit the mainland of Middle-earth.
The latter is due to the fact that Númenor was friends with the elves and not infrequently visited by them, exchanging wisdom and knowledge. The Númenórians are considered nobler and more exalted than the humans who had not joined the Valar in the fight against Morgoth.
While the Third Age kingdom of Rohan (in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers) is more rural and less ostentatious, the capital of Gondor, Minas Tirith, gives an impression of what the pageantry of Númenor was once like.
Architecturally and also culturally, the people were at their peak during Númenor’s heyday. The splendor and dignity of Númenor were unparalleled!
The Lord of the Rings: Númenor and the important events of history
For the first 600 years Númenor prospered. Subsequently, good relations were established with the Elves of Middle-earth and trade routes were promoted. Friendships were also made with the people of the mainland. Especially the friendship to the Elves plays an important role in “The Rings of Power”.
When Sauron then strengthened anew with the forging of the Rings of Power and claimed the mainland of Middle-earth as his own, Númenor intervened. Not out of good-heartedness. The king of Númenor felt his authority undermined. Sauron was captured and brought to Númenor, where he was to languish in a prison.
But the hearts of men are easily seduced. Sauron corrupted the Númenórians from his cell and fomented their burgeoning enmity toward the Elves to his advantage. Eventually, he persuaded King Ar-Pharazon to sail against Valinor …
The Rings of Power: How the Fall of Númenor Occurs
When speaking of the fall of a kingdom, it is often metaphorical, but not so with Númenor. The island was actually sunk into the sea, but more on that later. First we clarify how it came to this.
As already described, Sauron seduced the hearts of the Númenórians and kindled envy in them. Even though they were blessed with long life, they sought the immortality of the Elves, who lived an immortal existence on Valinor. However, the Númenórians were forbidden to set foot on Valinor.
Finally, Ar-Pharazon sailed against Valinor with a mighty fleet. The Valar living there turned to the god of Tolkien’s world, Eru Ilúvatar, who sank the island and the entire fleet into the sea. Only a few Númenórians who remained loyal to the Valar and the Elves managed to survive and flee to the mainland.
The Lord of the Rings: How are Númenor and Gondor related?
Among the survivors of Númenor are Elendil and Isildur, who take on leading roles in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Isildur is Elendil’s son and has a brother, Anárion. The three of them found the kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor after the fall of Númenor.
Elendil becomes High King of both kingdoms, but actively rules Arnor while his sons rule Gondor. While Arnor does not survive the Third Age, Gondor is destined to become one of the most important kingdoms.
The White Tree of Gondor is also a remnant of Númenor. Isildur was able to salvage a fruit from the White Tree of Nimloth, which he planted in Minas Tirith. It eventually became the White Tree of Gondor.
The Lord of the Rings: The Most Famous Númenórians
In the series, the just mentioned Elendil (Lloyd Owen) and Isildur (Maxim Baldry) of course play an important role. Another member of the family was also created especially for the series: Eärien (Ema Horvath). She is Isildur’s sister. There is no trace of Anárion in trailers and images so far, but he will probably be introduced later in the series.
Other important characters are, of course, the queen-regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson). She is the ruler of Númenor at the time of the series, but Pharazon (Trystan Gravelle) seeks her power and will be responsible for many an intrigue in the series.
Away from the series, of course, there is another important person connected to Númenor: Aragorn! Aragorn is also blessed with long life, as he is descended from the Númenórians. He is a descendant of Isildur in a direct bloodline, which eventually makes him the rightful king of Gondor.
On September 2, 2022, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Season 1 will start streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Even before the launch, work on “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Season 2 is already underway.