If you have binged the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, you are not alone. Amazon Prime's costly investment into the world of J.R.R. Tolkien has seemingly paid out, as the series premiere drew a record breaking 25 million viewers. While The Rings of Power was destined to excel due to name recognition alone, the positive word-of-mouth surrounding the series has increased the level of anticipation among fans.
The Rings of Power returns viewers to a previous time within the series, thousands of years before The Hobbit. However, a few key characters from The Lord of the Rings trilogy do return.
Cate Blanchett played Galadriel in Jacksons' films; she is a regal Elf who guides Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood) and his companions on their quest. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring is a thrilling opening sequence that brings viewers into the world of Middle Earth for the first time. Galadriel is a graceful leader who has an inherent charm.
Galadriel is a younger and more passionate version of herself. Before becoming a ring-bearer and respected elder in the Elven community, Galadriel served on the front lines of battle warding off the forces of the dark lord Morgoth and his chief lieutenant, Sauron. In the first episode of A Shadow of the Past, Galadriel admits that her brother, Finrod (Will Fletcher), was killed during the conflict.
In The Rings of Power, Morfydd Clark plays the young Galadriel. From what we've seen thus far, it's clear that Galadriel will be one of the main protagonists of the series. Her prophecies play an important role in defeating the dark lord for the first time.
Clark is a relatively new actor, but her previous work demonstrates to The Rings of Powers' creative team that she had the potential to portray such an important figure. Her most recent appearances include TNTs The Alienist, Showtimes Patrick Melrose, and HBOs His Dark Materials.
Clarks' true breakout role came in 2020 with the A24 horror film Saint Maud, in which she played the titular hospice nurse for the Roman Catholic Church, who cares for elderly patients. When Maud begins to doubt her faith, she begins to question her beliefs.
Saint Maud was well-deserved for winning the British Independent Film Awards. She also won a nomination for the EE Rising Star award at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards.
Clark has demonstrated that she is willing to risk the rigors of playing such a popular character. She also had to acquire extensive combat training and the Elven language in order to prepare for the role. According to showrunner Patrick McKay, the series will show how this fiery version of Galadriel evolves into the older, more reserved character we see in The Lord of the Rings.
Clark is expected to reprise her role as Ophelia in Michael Lesslies' latest modern adaptation of The Rings of Power. She has also joined the cast of the horror film Starve Acre alongside Matt Smith.