anyone was waiting rings of strengthTo continue the pace, they will be granted their wish by ‘Udûn,’ an hour-long battle with some short interludes thrown in for viewers to gather their thoughts. It is the most focused episode to date, with two major narrative threads emerging in their absence: the one-on-one marital relationship Between Elrond and Durin and the migration of hobbits.It is also the most important.
It seems that having a stronger and larger army doesn’t matter much when attacking a castle in Middle-earth. Just as Saruman learned this the hard way in The Two Towers, so did Adar in the opening moments of “Udûn.” He and his battalion of orcs and human recruits march on Ostereth, the watchtower where Bronwyn, Arondir, and their people have sheltered; The battle promises to be short, with little hope of surviving for the better, save for no battle at all. The tower is deserted, yet Adar is sure Arundir will survive – “I can smell it,” he told one of his officers. He is right, of course, but fails to anticipate the trap he has just entered: with a few arrows and nimble movements, Arondir brings the whole place down through a booby-trapped tower as he cleverly escapes, presumably wiping out Adar’s forces in one fell swoop. Although he hasn’t yet shown as much personality as some of the other characters on the show, Arondir can always be counted on for ballet action sequences.
However, victory is short-lived, as one fight tends to start another. After withdrawing to a nearby village and creating their meager defenses for the inevitable second round, Arondir’s forces seem to score another victory over Adar. (If all of this sounds too good to be true, it is because it is.) It’s not the most believable back-to-back victory we’ve seen in Middle-earth, but it’s still fun—especially once Arondir gets trapped by an absolute unit of orcs who get dangerously close. of eliminating it.
He was saved at the last moment, but not before the orcs spilled sticky black blood on him. The visual image is no less disgusting, because Arondir could not help but notice a nearby corpse covered in the most common red color while assessing enemy losses. Then a terrible realization arose for our heroes: they mingled with the orcs and it was their people, who foolishly accepted an offer made with peace in exchange for an oath of allegiance. (Who would have thought he’s not trustworthy?) They’re not the only army that can pop a trap, and soon arrows start raining from the sky—two of which hit Bronwyn.
This is the biggest danger to one of the film’s protagonists to date, and seeing Bronwyn pierced by two arrows certainly worries some viewers that the sweet speech she gave to her son Theo earlier in the episode was a kind of swan song: she said to him, echoing: “That shadow It is nothing but a small and fleeting thing. Sam’s words to Frodo at the end of “The Two Towers”. “There is a light and a high beauty that is forever out of reach. Seek the light and the shadow will not find you.”
Arondir carries it to a makeshift bunker where the group’s non-combatants have been hiding, but not before several of his compatriots are killed by a barrage of arrows. Thus begins the darkest and most violent series yet, as Bronwyn narrowly escapes after her wounds are painfully cauterized and Adar breaks into the series and demands to know where “He” is. “He”, in this case, is the sword found by Theo, who led us to believe that it did not belong to Sauron himself. He’s wrapped in a cloth and hidden under the floorboards, but Arundir refuses to tell him – even when Adar’s soldiers start killing the hostages. Theo did not reveal the blade’s location until after they turned their attention to Bronwyn.
How many times can the good guys be saved at the last minute before it ceases to be an effective conspiracy tool? It’s hard to say, but it certainly hasn’t happened yet. Because just after Adar runs away with his blade-covered rumble we hear a rumble in the distance, the kind that could just mean the approach of horses carrying Galadriel and Halbrand and hundreds of Númenorians dressed in what may be the most magnificent armor you’ll ever see. Gladrill and Halbrand track down Adar and retrieve the sword, with Halbrand close to killing him after asking if Adar remembers him (he didn’t). But Gladrill wants him alive, which means only one thing: Time for questioning, dear readers.
Before that, though, we are treated to a brief respite in which Halbrand is hailed as the returning king of the Southern Lands, and Elendil and Isildur during their first battle between father and son, and learn about the unbreakable bond between horse and rider. The Lord of the Rings movie hasn’t lacked epic battles – although few, it must be said, are quite as bloody as the ones we just witnessed – but these little moments in between have always been its true heart.
While questioning him, we finally learn Adar’s whole deal: he’s the “Son of Darkness,” one of the first Orcs, a dwarf that Morgoth took and spoiled in his current form. She then promised to kill everyone of his kind, and save him to the end so he could see all his “children” die before she put a dagger into his poisoned heart. (Yekes!) What’s his response? “It seems that I am not the only dwarf alive who has changed because of the darkness.” He’s got a point, Gladrill.
But what about the sword that has not yet been removed from his jacket? Galadriel returns it to Arondir, who talks to Theo about her and advises throwing the cursed blade into the sea. But they both deceived, because Waldrige—last seen saving his people in the hope that he would reward Adar for his betrayal gracefully—secretly took the blade and exchanged it for only an axe. The reason he did so has to do with the episode title, which would have repercussions that would last for thousands of years. The old man inserts the real blade into a puzzle-like lock, which sets off a chain of seismic events: the water recedes into underground passages, shooting in geyser-like bursts all over our heroes before gushing into what appears to be an ordinary mountain before it begins to erupt. The sky turns black.
Dear readers, Udon is the valley of Mordor that is believed to have been formed by volcanic activity. The mountain that just revealed itself as a volcano is Mount Dom. The eruption we just witnessed was a disaster in itself, but it certainly pales in comparison to what is to come.