The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a series with an epic scope — and with that scope comes a massive ensemble cast and the expansive world of Middle-earth. If you’re worried about having to commit a whole slew of character and location names to memory, don’t be. We’ve got you covered.
Below, you’ll find a list of the key characters from The Rings of Power, as well as where in Middle-earth you’ll find them. You might recognize some characters from The Lord of the Rings or The Silmarillion, but many will be completely unfamiliar. That’s because The Rings of Power adds new characters who don’t appear in J.R.R. Tolkien’s work.
Old or new, here are the characters you need to know about in The Rings of Power — and where you’ll find them towards the start of the series.
In Lindon: Galadriel, Elrond, and Gil-galad
Galadriel (Morfydd Clark): Galadriel is sure to be a familiar name to those who have read or seen The Lord of the Rings, but the Galadriel we meet in The Rings of Power is in a very different stage of her life. She’s a commander and a warrior looking to hunt down the evil Sauron.
Elrond (Robert Aramayo): Before he was Lord of Rivendell and father to Arwen, half-elven Elrond was the vice-regent and herald to Gil-galad.
Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker): All hail Gil-galad, the High King of the elves. Gil-galad established the kingdom of Lindon at the beginning of the Second Age of Middle-earth and has ruled it ever since.
In Eregion and Khazad-dûm: Celebrimbor, Prince Durin IV, and Princess Disa
Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards): Introduced in The Silmarillion, Celebrimbor is a master elven craftsman and the ruler of Eregion.
Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur): Durin IV is the prince of Khazad-dûm: His father, Durin III, currently sits on the throne.
Princess Disa (Sophia Nomvete): A new addition to Middle-earth just for The Rings of Power, Disa is Durin’s wife and princess of Khazad-dûm.
In Rhovanion: Harfoots and a mysterious stranger
Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh): Chiefest among these Harfoots is Elanor “Nori” Brandyfoot, a young Harfoot with a taste for adventure. (Sound like any hobbits you may know?)
Largo Brandyfoot (Dylan Smith): Nori’s father, and patriarch of the Brandyfoots.
Marigold Brandyfoot (Sara Zwangobani): Nori’s mother, and matriarch of the Brandyfoots.
Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards): Nori’s best friend. The two of them get up to quite a bit of trouble together.
The Stranger (Daniel Weyman): Nothing spells trouble quite like a man falling out of the sky in a fiery blaze. That’s the Stranger, an unknown character in the show who might have a connection to Tolkien’s book. We don’t know much about him beyond the fact that he meets Nori, has magic powers, and knows how to make a killer entrance.
In the Southlands: Arondir, Bronwyn, and Theo
Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova): A Silvan — or Woodland — elf, Arondir is a soldier tasked with surveying areas of the Southlands. This includes the village of Tirharad, where he meets and forms a connection with Bronwyn.
Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi): Bronwyn is Tirharad’s healer, as well as a single mother who bonds with Arondir on his visits to the village.
Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin): Bronwyn’s young son, who may have a few secrets of his own.
In Belegaer: Halbrand
Halbrand (Charlie Vickers): Another new character, Halbrand is a shipwreck survivor who crosses paths with Galadriel.
In Númenor: Míriel, Pharazôn, Kemen, Elendil, Isildur, and Eärien
Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson): Míriel is Queen-Regent of Númenor, and daughter of the previous king.
Pharazôn (Trystan Gravelle): Pharazôn is Míriel’s advisor. He plays a major role in Akallabêth, the fourth part of The Silmarillion.
Kemen (Leon Wadham): Kemen is Pharazôn’s son, and a rising political figure in Númenor.
Elendil (Lloyd Owen): A Númenórean sea captain, and father to Eärien and Isildur.
Isildur (Maxim Baldry): Isildur is Elendil’s son, and a Númenórean with wanderlust.
Eärien (Ema Horvath): Eärien is Elendil’s daughter. While Elendil and Isildur are both characters who appear in Tolkien’s works, Eärien is a new character created for The Rings of Power.
And then there’s this guy…
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premiere on Prime Video at 9 p.m. ET on Sept. 1. New episodes release weekly Fridays at 12 a.m. ET.
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