LOTR: The Rings of Power Midseason Fan Predictions!

Amazon Prime’s The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power is a hit! As we await the second half of its first season to come out, here are some midseason predictions from fans of the show.

Amazon Prime’s hit show and prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, has exceeded all expectations and had the most viewed premiere in Amazon Prime Video history. Four out of eight episodes have already aired, and fans are itching for more and already making predictions about what’s to come in this season’s second half and beyond.

The Harfoots are predecessors to Hobbits

Fans believe the introduction of Nori Brandyfoot and the Harfoots is an introduction of what will soon become the Hobbits. Considering the Harfoots are small creatures with hairy feet and a love of food, they seem pretty in line with what we know about Hobbits, that is except for their nomadic nature. However, Rings of Power is set centuries before The Hobbit, so the Harfoots may very well settle down in the Shire in future seasons.

The Stranger is Gandalf

Possibly one of the most popular mysteries with fans right now, the identity of the Stranger who crash landed in the Southlands as a comet is currently unknown. Fans speculate many possible identities for the Stranger, including Tom Bombadil or even Sauron himself. However, most fans believe that due to his friendship with Nori, association with the Harfoots (who may be Hobbits), whispering to bugs, and connection to fire, the Stranger may very well be the origin of Gandalf. While this is a bit early–Tolkein lore-wise–for Gandalf to be introduced, it’s certainly not impossible that the show has chosen to introduce him now.

Galadriel’s efforts to stop Sauron will actually make things worse!

From the very first episode, Gilgahad predicted that Galadriel’s persistence in defeating Sauron and all who followed him was only going to bring him back faster. Fans predict the same, and there are numerous ways in which this could come about. Depending on who Sauron is revealed to be (especially if he turns out to be Halbrand), Galadriel could be closer to him than she knows, inadvertently playing into his hands. Somehow, someway, fans believe Gilgahad’s word to be a poignant foreshadowing of what’s to come, and Galadriel may possibly learn the hard way how easy it is for people to become corrupted with power.

Theo will become a Ringwraith

Throughout these past four episodes, Theo has been in possession of a mysterious sword hilt with the symbol of Sauron on it, one that requires his blood to grow into a full blade. In episode 4, we find out this blade was “no sword” but “power fashioned for our ancestors by his master’s own hand,” leading us to infer the blade was made by Morgoth for Sauron. There are many theories about what the sword is, but it is likely to be a Morgul-blade. With that in mind, the Nazgûl, or the Ringwraiths, wielded those blades. Fans predict that Theo, when he’s older and a more experienced warrior, may be corrupted by the blade and become a Wraith. Some even suggest he may become the Witch-king of Angmar, King of the Nazgûl, a character whose true identity is unknown but became corrupted by the Nine Rings of Power.

The end of Rings of Power will be the War of the Last Alliance

Rings of Power takes place in the Second Age after the defeat of Morgoth, which occurred in the First Age during the War of Wrath. The War of the Last Alliance or the battle featured in the prologue of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, also takes place in the Second Age and features the Last Alliance of Elves and Men against Sauron. It’s very possible, fans speculate, that should the show get renewed for more seasons it will all lead up to a longer version of the War of the Last Alliance, officially connecting the show to the events of Fellowship. The tension and tentative alliances forming between Elves and Men have been given a lot of attention, and Sauron is clearly the Big Bad the show is preparing the audience for. It’ll be exciting to see how Rings of Power ends its first season, especially if it’s meant to mark the beginning of this historic war.

The fifth episode of Rings of Power airs on Amazon Prime Video on September 22nd at 9 PM PST/12 AM EST.

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Daryn Snijdewind is a media arts production major at Emerson College and an intern at AfterBuzz TV and Better Together with Maria Menounos. She loves movies and TV, and hopes to have a career in the entertainment industry one day.