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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Is the Balrog in the prequel Durin’s Bane?

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According to JRR Tolkien, these creatures were seven in number and served Morgoth, and two of them were killed by Ecthelion and Glorfindel

A taste of the Balrog in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power trailer got fans excited at San Diego Comic-Con 2022. Even host Stephen Colbert, who chaired the panel during the convention, was stunned by the cameo appearance of the ancient demonic creature.

Per Fandom, the origin of the Balrogs reads: “Originally, in unrecorded ancient times, the Balrogs were fiery Maiar who were persuaded by Melkor’s power and splendor to join his cause. Their first home was in Utumno, but after their master’s defeat during the War for the Elves’ sake, the Balrogs and other creatures in Melkor’s service fled to Angband and wintered there.”

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Will the series feature Durins Bane?

There is much speculation as to whether The Rings of Power will feature the birth of the Balrogs. According to JRR Tolkien, these creatures were seven in number and served Morgoth. Two of them were killed by Ecthelion and Glorfindel. The fates of the other five Balrogs were not necessarily set, but one of them later became known as Durin’s Bane. For starters, it’s possible that the Balrog shown in the series was Durin’s Bane. Unless. There could be a plot where he acts as one of the villains in the ten episode series.

Showrunner Patrick McKay left the discussion open during the panel, saying, “The second age is so enormous that anything could happen. Balrogs are sneaky.” This sort of diverts the focus from the fact that Sauron has rallied all the evil beings of the days of Morgoth that remained on earth and underground. And there was no mention of Balrogs at this stage. It looks like the creators have screwed up a bit by introducing an important cog from the ‘LOTR’ lore.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on September 1st with two episodes on Amazon Prime Video.

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