Prime Video’s The Rings of Power took the world by storm on its premiere episode, and avid fans of the Tolkien story could not be more thrilled and excited! For any Lord of the Rings fan, this prequel is a gift from the gods as the epic fantasy lore continues to grace its loyal fan base with another yet magnificent view of the Middle-Earth.
The Rings of Power takes place in the Second Age, thousands of years before the events in The Fellowship of the Ring. Many significant milestones occurred in this era which the series will most likely cover. J.R.R. Tolkien talked about the Second Age in many of his other books, and we have a good deal of information about it. Here are some important things fans need to know about Tolkien’s Second Age:
The One Ring Was Forged In This Time
Sauron started teaching the elves the method of forging magical rings. It would be a given fact that this significant event in Tolkien’s lore will appear in The Rings of Power.
When the Rings of Power were scattered, Sauron gave his all to the One Ring, providing him the ability to influence and control others. As someone who has a direct link to the ring, it also drained all of his strength as he is now forever bound to it.
It Lasted For 3,441 Years
This is the longest age that the author illustrated in detail, and as compared with the First Age, it only lasted for 590 years when fans witnessed the rise of Dark Lord Morgoth. The Third Age, which we are all familiar with because of Frodo’s destruction of the ring, continued for 3,201 years.
It was a time of peace and calm until Sauron returned to retrieve the old master’s place and reclaim power. The era concluded with Dark Lord Sauron’s downfall.
The War Between Sauron And The Elves
After the One Ring was created, Sauron’s true motive came to the surface and the elves found out his real plans. He dreamt of conquering elven cities, and while he was laying siege to these poor towns, Galadriel, Celebrimbor, Elrond, and Gil-galad protected the other three powerful rings.
The goal was to never let the Rings of Power fall into the greedy hands of Sauron.
Númenor’s Rise And Fall
The Valar created Númenor, a port and island city, during the start of the Second Age. The town was known to have thrived in prosperity and once aided the elves in their battle against Sauron.
When Sauron was captured in this city, he started to influence the king of Númenor. Later on, he turned the natives against the elves, causing another confrontation. Unfortunately, the once prosperous city of Númenor was left to ruins.
Rivendell Was A Refuge For The Elves
The city of Eregion suffered great attacks during the war between the Elves and Sauron. Elrond rescued many survivors and took them to the foot of a mountain and, from there, created a fortress that would protect everyone.
Later on, this stronghold went down in history as the Rivendell we know. Elrond became the lord of the city.