The following article contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and Middle-Earth lore.
We get a flashback scene in which a young Galadriel (Amelie Child Villiers) wanders through Valinor, a blessed area that is supposed to be free from evil. In Episode 2, the adult warrior (Morfydd Clark) is granted the honor of returning to Valinor from Middle-earth, a journey that is only permitted to the most honorable Elves. Valinor is also mentioned in Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings trilogy as the final destination for El
What Is Aman, the West Continent?
Middle-earth is only a single continent in a larger world called Arda. In the beginning, the world was created by Iluvatar, the One God, who were tasked to use their gifts to transform the world to their will. The Valar are divinities who can transform the world to their will. Long before even the First Age of Arda, the world was flat, with an apparently infinite sea extending in all directions and encircling Middle-earth, the Western continent Aman, and other distant
The Elves returned to Middle-Earth to conquer Melkor, an evil Valar who sought to manipulate creation to his will. There, they erected great kingdoms, planted the Valinor Trees, and made the continent a home for immortal beings who desired to have peace for all eternity. However, once Melkor escapes, attacks Valinor, and steals the Silmarils, a great part of the Elves returns to Middle-earth to fight the Dark Enemy.
During the First and Second Age of Arda, Valinor remained separate from Middle-earth, serving as a refuge for Elves who wanted to return home. The return to Valinor is the greatest gift given to one of their kind. However, Valinor remains inaccessible to Men and other mortal creatures.
Sauron poisoned the Men of the island of Numenor with immortal ideas, causing the men of Numenor to flee to Valinor, an act prohibited since the kingdom's creation. Iluvatar bent the world so it could become round, removing the continent of Aman and letting it float in the far west. That would be a bizarre episode!
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are now available on Prime Video. New episodes are released every Friday.