The Nature of Orcs and Poppy’s Tragic Past

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power remains as enigmatic as it is controversial. You might think we’re referring to Sauron’s identity and what the story intends to do with him, but even the series’ intro sequence was a confusing phenomenon. We’re racking our brains, we had no idea what it was meant to symbolize, although there seems to be something clever behind the intricate design after all.

Plus, knowing that there are explanations of the Orcs’ origins hidden somewhere in Tolkien’s legendarium, the fandom is trying to figure out what the mysterious villain Adar wants with them. Here’s your daily roundup of the Lord of the Rings new.

Megan Richards Breaks Down Poppy Proudfellow’s Character, And We’re Here For It

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power rings introduced Nori’s friend and sidekick Poppy Proudfellow as another tentative Harfoot, hesitant to reach out and help the Stranger. But the fourth episode revealing its tragic backstory has shed new light on the protagonist, which almost instantly transforms her into an inescapable part of this set. No one knows where Poppy will go from now on, but Megan Richards has definitely grown to feel a deep connection to her character.

power ringsThe intro of is a representation of Ainulindalë

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If you’re still wondering what those grains dangling in power rings intro means, so don’t ask me again. The team’s production team explained their significance in a new interview, revealing that the intro is meant to be a visual representation of the music and the vibes it gives off on a molecular level. In short, it is the music of the Ainur, the Ainulindalë, or what they wove before Eru, the creator, at the moment of creation. Pretty cool, right?

What is the origin of the Orcs? Were they made by Morgoth, or only twisted by his evil?

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It is explicitly revealed in The Silmarillion that Morgoth, the manifestation of all evil in Arda, could not create his own life. This makes Tolkien’s earlier explanations of the nature of the Orcs somewhat contradictory, as the Dark Lord could not have brought them out of the mud of the earth on his own. Indeed, the most reasonable explanation seems to come from The History of Middle-earthwhich explains that Morgoth twisted the first Elves to awaken in Middle-earth, creating the first generation of Orcs who would go on to breed much the same as Elves and Men.

That’s all for today, but be sure to check back tomorrow around 7pm CT for even more. rings of power information and updates.

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