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What is the connection between Elendil and Aragorn?

TL; DR:

  • power rings Episode 3 introduces Elendil, a new ally of Galadriel.
  • Elendil is the father of Isildur, making him an ancestor of The Lord of the Rings’ Aragorn.
  • The Elendil and Isildur storylines could set up Aragorn’s arc in The The Lord of the Rings.
Lloyd Owen as Elendil | First video

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Rings of Power Episode 3, “Adar.”]

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brought Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) to Númenor, but most people who live there aren’t thrilled with their arrival. The only exception is Elendil (Lloyd Owen), who is later revealed to be Aragorn’s ancestor. But with power rings settled so long before The Lord of the Rings trilogy, how is Elendil related to Aragorn?

Episode 3 of “The Rings of Power” features Aragorn’s ancestor, Elendil

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power rings Episode 3 reveals who saved Galadriel and Halbrand at the end of Episode 2. Captain Elendil of Númenor came to their rescue, though that decision might come back to bite him. When he brings the couple to his kingdom, Queen Regent Miriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) and her advisor, Ar-Pharazon (Trystan Gravelle) are not satisfied. Miriel hands Galadriel over to Elendil, tasking him with guarding the elf while they consider her request to return to Middle-earth.

And the episode reveals more about Elendil as he spends time with Galadriel. Notably, power rings tells us that Elendil is the father of Isildur (Maxim Baldry). That makes him a fan-favorite ancestor the Lord of the Rings Aragorn character. So precisely how are the two related?

It’s true, power rings introduces viewers to Aragorn’s ancestors. And Elendil will prove an important part of Aragorn’s story, as it paves the way for him to become king. In the writings of JRR Tolkien, Elendil is the one who established Gondor. As one of his descendants, Aragorn claims the throne of the kingdom.

Of course the The Lord of the Rings the movies don’t really mention Elendil. Instead, they repeatedly remind us that Aragorn is Isildur’s heir. The movies don’t delve too deeply into the character’s lineage. But according to The Cinemaholic, he is the 39th direct descendant of Isildur. That would make him about 40 generations away from Elendil.

And as The One Wiki to Rule Them All notes, Aragorn is the last descendant of Elendel’s two sons. Because an ancestor of Isildur’s line married one of Anárion’s descendants, Aragorn has the blood of both brothers. But despite being the last of their lines, The Silmarillion claims that Aragorn is “more like Elendil than any before him”.

Will Aragorn appear in ‘The Rings of Power’?

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Although The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will set the stage for Aragorn’s character arc through Elendil and Isildur, we’re unlikely to actually see Strider in the series.

power rings takes place thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Dúnedain – the race of men from whom Aragorn and his ancestors descended – have a long lifespan, but they are barely enough to justify his showing up in the Second Age. It’s possible that later seasons will offer a flash-forward to the original trilogy time period. But there would be little reason for that beyond fan service.

With that in mind, it looks like we’ll be following Aragorn’s ancestors in the Amazon series – and we can’t complain about that. Both Elendil and Isildur are considered heroes of Middle-earth. And JRR Tolkien’s notes on the two characters suggest they’ll have fascinating journeys in the future.

New episodes of power rings stream every Friday on Prime Video.

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