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Recap of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 4: Middle-earth continues to weave magic with epic storytelling

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The Great Wave advances the series brilliantly, confirming that preparations for battle have begun

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is gathering momentum and continues to captivate viewers with epic storytelling and gorgeous visuals. The first two episodes perfectly established the plot and made us realize how fascinating Middle-earth is. However, it was episode 3 that took the series to a whole new level because it was the perfect blend of drama and action sequences. But the end of the third episode made everyone curious to be introduced to Adar. So was it worth the wait? Absolutely.

So the episode begins with Miriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) seeing a devastating dream in which she witnesses the fall of Numenor. As the episode progresses, Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) returns to Numenor to tell the Queen Regent about the Southlands and how orcs invaded the region. Miriel believes it is not her duty to save the Southlands and bring disaster to her kingdom. The elf warrior tries to make Miriel understand how Numenor must help her save the Southlands, because if this region is destroyed, Sauron will become even more powerful. Miriel doesn’t listen to her and sends her behind bars.


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The first 15 minutes of the latest episode are exceptionally written. The conversation between Galadriel and Miriel was captivating, while the introduction of Adar was as spooky as it should be. Even though he isn’t more than 10 minutes into the episode, Adar will no doubt leave a lasting impression on viewers’ minds.

Well, there were a lot of comparisons between The Rings of Power and House of the Dragon. People think “HOTD” is more immersive because of all the action sequences and twists and turns. Well, Fire & Blood is all about brutal action and betrayal, so it’s no shock that HBO is doing what they’re supposed to with a show like this. What they don’t realize, however, is that JRR Tolkien’s works have always been more about storytelling and less about action. Make no mistake, there is a lot of action in the Middle-earth saga, but it takes time to get to this point because Tolkien believed that the action must be built after an engaging storytelling, and that is what ‘The Rings of Power” makes great.

Morfydd Clark is once again great in her role, but it’s Cynthia Addai-Robinson who steals the show with an impeccable performance. On the other hand, Joseph Mawle’s introduction as Adar is brilliant. Mawle rules the screen with his acting skills and wows us with his plans for the fight. Nazanin Boniadi and Ismael Cruz Cordova continue to be exceptional in their performances. On the other hand, the camaraderie between Robert Aramayo’s Elrond and Owain Arthur’s Durin IV is a feast for the eyes.

The closing moments of Episode 4 made it clear that preparations for war have begun and it is time to defend Middle-earth. Most likely, the next few episodes will be about epic action sequences, and that’s what we’re waiting for.

Overall, The Rings of Power continues to mesmerize viewers with brilliant storytelling, dazzling visuals, and amazing acting. But perhaps we will soon see what we have been waiting for for a long time: the war.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power returns to Amazon Prime Video every Friday with a new episode.

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