Rings of Power Season 2: What could happen in Mordor – after the news bomb?
Actually, it wasn’t my intention to write next about what might happen in Mordor in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2. Eregion would be an easier and probably more exciting speculation object. Or Lindon. Because the references to Mordor in the series itself were too vague.
Let’s face it, we haven’t seen much of Sauron’s front yard other than the fire-breathing Mount Doom and dust tinted an ominous red. And too vague is the information from Tolkien’s Canon and Legendarium itself, for there is not much more recorded, at least at the time of Mordor’s origins in about year 1000 of the Second Age, than that Sauron claimed the tract of land surrounded by protective mountains and began to shape the region for his evil purposes.
Mordor is Sauron’s base, his retreat. A few geographical features are known, such as the fortress of Barad-dûr and the volcano Mount Doom, also called Orodruin, which appears so powerful mainly because it stands alone in a wide plain. There are a few other forts and structures that are strategically important, but in most cases will not be built until Gondor’s heyday. So actually there is not much more to be found in Mordor than what we consider to be an extremely unfriendly environment.
Say: For my speculation, I’d have to focus more on the two characters that I think would play a role in Mordor. On the one hand, of course, this is Halbrand aka Sauron and, on the other hand, this is his ork-internal opponent Adar. Just… I have to share some sobering news that has been circulating over the past few days.
Source: Amazon Studios
What will happen to Adar?
Adar actor Joseph Mawle wrote via Twitter on December 1, 2022 that he was excited to explore the Middle-earth universe and contribute to it with his character. However, he will not be returning for Season 2 of Rings of Power. Uff.
Reading this shattered all my notions of Mordor having any interesting presence in season two beyond Sauron’s business games and ringsmithing. I was really looking forward to a showdown between Adar, who sees himself as the slayer of Sauron himself, and Sauron, who must try to win Adar’s followers over to his side. However, at least the human followers of the Dark Elf had already indicated that they were concerned with the Dark Lord himself, and not with some random Henchman.
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Yes, but now? Joseph Mawle apparently won’t reprise this role, which was invented by the showrunners. Does that mean that the character Adar will no longer appear – or does that mean that Mawle will be replaced? I have absolutely no clue, but I think it would be very daring if the role of one of the antagonists of the million-dollar series would now be given a new face. Mawle did a good job and added so much mystery to Adar that I would have loved to know more about him. For me there is only one Adar and therefore the only logical conclusion is that Adar will no longer play a role in the Rings of Power series. That’s wasted potential for me.
Yes, and then what does Sauron do?
Seen in this light, the Adar story can be considered complete. The dark elf returns to his “homeland” with his orcs. He was last seen strolling through the red clouds of dust with an apparently happy smile on his lips. So assuming Adar drops out of the Mordor equation, Sauron stays personal.
It’s entirely possible that Halbrand will have to prove who he is before he can be recognized as the new ruler. Such hierarchical internals are perhaps interesting, but really only if there is also a competent opponent that we may already know. Well, puff cake. Because apart from Adar, no character was significantly built.
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So, once Sauron has established his status as a boss, probably with a great deal of violence, he will set up his kingdom. Unless, of course, the Season 1 terraforming process immediately spawned a suitable dwelling. The Maiar may also be welcomed with open arms. We can only speculate on this because we have not seen any interactions between Sauron and his men. And what will he do then?
If my guess is correct that it is in Númenor in season 2 primarily about the civil war between the royal party and faithful then Sauron will gear up for a while to attack the coastal Middle-earth lands of Númenor towards the end of Season 2. Keyword: Pelargir. And he will eventually forge the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom. But that should have been it by and large. Waaaaaaaaaaaincredibly exciting. Not. I say yes: Adar could have added some excitement to the whole Mordor setting. But if Adar really falls away and isn’t half-heartedly replaced by another rebel leader agitator, then it gets pretty bland in the land of Mordor, “where the shadows lie”. Or do you see it differently? Feel free to speculate with me!