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breaking news The Rings Of Power Episode 7 Review – Despair blankets Middle-earth amid the rise of Mordor


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The seventh installment of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings isn’t quite as high or surprisingly dramatic as the previous one. The Eye, however, is an engrossing hour that sets the stage for a potentially epic Season 1 conclusion next week, with events in the show’s three main storylines seemingly building to a crescendo. The following contains spoilers for Episode 7 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

The latest episode of Rings of Power is titled “The Eye”, which instantly brings to mind the Eye of Sauron. However, we have yet to see him or his eye in the series so far.

Although “The Eye”, afterthought, alludes to Miriel’s unexpected state of health or even Galadriel waking up after being knocked out by the volcanic explosion that ended the previous episode. It may also possibly allude to Durin finally opening his eyes and acknowledging his obligation to his friend.

Amazon’s Seventh Episode the Lord of the Rings is not as high or surprisingly dramatic as the previous one. The Eye, however, is an engrossing hour that sets the stage for a potentially epic Season 1 conclusion next week, with events in the show’s three main storylines seemingly building to a crescendo.

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The episode doesn’t do much to reveal Sauron’s real identity and leaves it up in the air, but maybe that will become clear in the next episode.

Southland reduced to ashes

The episode begins with the aftermath of the explosion at Pompeii last week, which blanketed the area in ash, creating an ominous and chilling opening. Then comes a slower entry of the characters that make sense of this major catastrophe. We see a bewildered and dismayed Galadriel soaking up the horrors around her after Mount Doom explodes.

The ground is littered with the burned corpses of Númenorean soldiers and Southland civilians, as well as destroyed homes and debris. Galadriel’s persistent drive and tenacity in hunting down Sauron partly fueled it, and it will trigger a sense of resentment within. Elendil once he believes his son Isildur is dead.

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All of our favorite heroes are experiencing tremendous personal loss. Galadriel encounters a horrified Theo and leads him through the chaos seething around them. A meeting between Isildur and Queen Regent Míriel takes place, and they work together to rescue Valandil from under a collapsed wall, which is immediately interrupted by the discovery that Ontamo, Isildur and Valandil’s friend, who is buried under the rubble, died.

The three attempt to rescue other citizens trapped in a nearby burning building, but at great cost. Embers fall on Míriel’s face, blinding her and stealing her eyes, meanwhile Isildur appears to be suffocated as the roof collapses on top of him.

Our brave little friends

The desolation of Mount Doom becomes even more apparent with a sudden return to the hobbit journey after an episode hiatus, as the Harfoots would soon uncover their own horrors on their lush, verdant adventure.

Our little friends end up close enough to the blast radius that a few pyroclasts crash down nearby, melting many trees. With the exception of Sadoc, the leader of the group, everyone is perplexed by this new horror that falls on them.

According to stories told by the old grandmother of Sadoc, some mountains in the south have the ability to spit stones of fire before going to sleep for hundreds of years, a hibernation that only ends when a “new evil” rises.

Nori worries if the stranger is to blame for the new evil, casting doubt on her decision to help him. The Stranger rubs his hands over the trunk of a charred tree, whispering lines that seem to stir the wind, while Harfoots picks black, lifeless fruit from the scorched branches of the trees.

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Its murmur awakens the tree; its scorched bark separates, exposing new life below, and the fruit lights up again. When the magic becomes too powerful to handle, a massive trunk shatters and falls on Nori, trapping her underneath. The Stranger is injured and Nori becomes skeptical. This relationship is really not going to improve anytime soon.

A flower grows from the trunk of the tree.

A decision is made to break up with the Meteor Man. It’s heartbreaking, especially when Sadoc and Nori give him the star map and an apple for the lonely journey.

But the hope lives on. Nori wakes the next morning to find that the stranger’s spell has indeed come to fruition, with the Harfoots picking apples and other fruits and vegetables in preparation for their next trip.

However, Poppy notices a large footprint in the river bed while fetching water. The Harfoots later discover the Mystics, a team of three consisting of the Dweller, the Nomad, and the Ascetic, who are searching for the Stranger’s whereabouts. As Nori tries to distract them by giving them wrong directions, the Mystics burn their entire dwelling and carts.

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Nori decides to embark on her own journey to locate the Stranger and warn him of the Mystics, but she won’t be alone. Poppy and, in an act of kindness, Nori’s mother, Goldie, decides to go with her. Sadoc, the only one with off-road experience, also chooses to join the team.

The Númenoreans will return

Meanwhile, Galadriel and Theo’s interaction allows The Rings of Power to show how far the fire elf has come since his first journey episode. She persuades an angry and impulsive Theo not to embark on a murderous journey to defend his homeland.

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It’s a moment where Theo serves as a reflection of the naive Galadriel we encountered in the series’ debut, and it showcases her character’s growth.

Galadriel drops a massive bomb on casual the Lord of the Rings fans during this intimate conversation between the two. She not only lost her brother Finrod to the orcs, but also her husband Celeborn.

When the duo arrives at Numenorean camp, where Theo reunites with Bronwyn and Arondir, a guilt-ridden Galadriel joins a heartbroken Elendil and a blindfolded Míriel.

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Míriel promises him that Numenor will return to face Sauron’s soldiers and avenge the dead. Elendil, still reeling from Isildur’s death, harbors resentment towards his queen and Galadriel over his decision.

In the second half of the episode, we meet Halbrand, who escaped the Mount Doom disaster. Galadriel quickly discovers that he has been badly injured and that only elven medicine can heal his wounds.

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Despite his inability to travel, Galadriel chooses to transport him to Lindon, where he can be treated, and where she will most likely incur the wrath of High King Gil-galad for defying his order.

Trouble in Khazad-dûm

Elrond and Durin fail to persuade Durin’s father, the King of Khazad-dûm to revive the mithril mines in order to extract the shining ore to save the elves.

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A somber Durin conveys the terrible message to Elrond, setting a truly moving scene in which the pair’s expressions convey more than most words. Distraught, Durin throws the piece of mithril he gave Elrond towards the withered Lindon Leaf the pair tried to persuade King Durin with.

Mithril instantly relieves the leaf of its disease. Durin and Disa, stunned, decide to help Elrond, even though it goes against King Durin’s intentions. The duo secretly conspire and dig for more mithril, eventually ending up in a huge mine.

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The good news lasts for a fleeting moment as it is instantly overshadowed by the king’s arrival at the mines and seeing them conspire against him. He immediately banishes Elrond from the dwarven realms.

Prince Durin laments to his wife Disa, who tells him that they will one day rule Khazad-dûm. King Durin orders his men to plug the opening his son has dug into the mithril mines, but not before throwing the Lindon Leaf into the chasm below. However, this act seems to wake the Balrog from its slumber.

breaking news The Rings Of Power Episode 7 Review – Despair blankets Middle-earth amid the rise of Mordor Picture: Amazon Prime

But before parting, Elrond told his friends, “we don’t say goodbye. we say Namárie. it means more than just ‘goodbye’. it means ‘going to good’.”

See you next week, Middle-earth people of Namárie!


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