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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power introduced a host of new characters to Middle-earth. There are also a few familiar faces. Well, not their faces but their names. Robert Aramayo plays Elrond, he from the Council of Elrond in The Lord of the Rings. Back in the Second Age, he’s a young elf, so how old is he in the show before becoming Hugo Weaving?
Showbiz Cheat Sheet is here to help. We didn’t just add up the years between Elrond’s birth, power rings and the the Lord of the Rings trilogy. But we also spoke with the creators of the series about the difference of Elrond at that time. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power launches new episodes at 12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00 p.m. PT Thursday nights on Prime Video.
Elrond was born 1500 years before ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’
According to JRR Tolkien The History of Middle-earth, Vol. XI: The War of the Jewels, Elrond was born in the year 532 of the First Age. This date is quoted in the book of The Lord of the Rings Wiki and Screening. power rings already takes place in the Second Age which begins about a thousand years later. Then it’s another two thousand years before the Third Age when the Council of Elrond meets the Fellowship.
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“The people of Elrond have known since the Third Age that maybe they’re a little more world-weary, a little jaded, a little cynical,” JD Payne told Showbiz Cheat Sheet on Aug. 13. wrong and many people make bad choices. He has been dealing with the consequences of these choices for centuries and millennia.
1500 is young in the elven years
Elves live for thousands of years, so 1500 is still relatively young. This will show Elrond in a more optimistic state of mind as the Rings of Power are forged. Aramayo, for the record, is 29 years old.
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“But we go back thousands of years before that when Elrond lives in an Elfindom which is at the height of its civilization. It’s not the elves who are a foot away from the door, already looking west of Elendor and saying our time in Middle-earth is over. This is a time when elves truly ruled Middle-earth. He lives at the center of their political and cultural power in Lindon, at the court of High King Gil-galad.
Young Elrond might get his mind crushed
Elaborating on the young Elrond’s high hopes, Payne added: ‘So this is a time when for him anything is possible. He looks towards the horizon saying that elves can do anything. It’s a time when we might even be able to take the beauty and majesty of Valinor and bring it to Middle-earth. So really, it’s a limitless horizon for him and over the course of the series we’re going to watch him go through some of those defeats that I alluded to earlier and how that gradually tempers his optimism and brings him to a place of real pain.
Of course, Tolkien fans know what’s going on with Sauron and the rings of power and what Elrond thinks of it once he’s a more mature 3500. However, the millennia are long. Will the Prime Video show last long enough to see Elrond disillusioned? It could happen pretty quickly considering the stakes of the show.
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