Prime Video’s Ring of Thrones is a prequel to Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy. The show is set in the Second Age, thousands of years before the events of Jackson’s films. It uses colloquial names from the movies that have been mentioned here and there, usually for a brief overview of the main characters or to talk about the history of the ring. Their personal stories cannot be explored in the film’s limited time frame.
As a series in its own right, Ring of Thrones seems to have brought all of these characters together and drawn their stories from the start. In the third episode of Season 1, we meet a young man named Isildur whose name sounds familiar. Who is he and how is he related to Aragorn, one of the protagonists of the “LOTR” trilogy? Let’s find out. Major Spoilers Ahead
The connection between Isildur and Aragorn
Isildur was first introduced to moviegoers in The Fellowship of the Ring, where it was revealed that he played a major role in ending the war with Sauron. He cut off Sauron’s fingers and he wore a ring to rule them. After the Ring disappeared, Sauron’s physical form disintegrated and Isildur was occupied with it. Elrond pleaded with Isildur to cast the Ring into the furnace fire from which it was to be destroyed, but by then the man had been corrupted by the Ring’s power and had become the Scourge of Isildur.
The Ring of Power begins Isildur’s story in the Second Age of Númenor. The Numenoreans were descended from the Edenites, who befriended the Elves and helped them fight Morgoth. For their services, they received the island of Númenor as a gift. Their first king was Elros, a half-elf and brother of Elrond. Isildur’s father, Elendil, was a descendant of Eros. Because Eros is a half-elf, his descendants have privileges that ordinary people cannot enjoy. Compared to other normal people, Númenorans are said to have a longer lifespan, stronger physique, and smarter intelligence.
In Ring of Power, we find Elendil as the captain of the ship that finds Galadriel and Halbrand stranded at sea. Isildur was still very young at that time. As the threat of Sauron loomed over their world, war and destruction were brought to Númenor, and Elendil led the survivors to Middle-earth. Here he and his sons Isildur and Anarion laid the foundations for what would become the kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor. After Elendriel’s death, his eldest son Isildur became king of Gondor and Arnor.
During this period, the kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor joined the Elves in battle against Sauron. After his defeat, Isildur received the Ring and was eventually killed by the Orcs, who lost the Ring. He eventually finds his way to Smeagol and then to the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. After Isildur’s death, his kingdoms, one ruled by his son and the other by his nephew, slowly fell to ruin. Arnault was killed in battle. Gondor still exists, but after King Ernur died, leaving no heirs, it found itself severely devoid of leadership, ruled instead by stewards. The kingdom was finally reunited in “The Return of the King”, with Aragorn crowned as ruler.
Research of Aragorn’s line revealed that he was the 39th direct descendant of Isildur and the only one remaining. The time difference between the two lasted about three thousand years, which also corresponds to the time difference between the events of the “Lord of the Rings” series and the “Lord of the Rings” films. Aragorn’s parents are Arathorn II and Gilrean. Alazon II was killed when Aragorn was two years old. Fearing that his true identity as the next heir would put him in danger, especially from the orcs who killed his father, Aragorn was sent to Rivendell, where he was raised by Elrond.
His lineage was even kept secret from him until he came of age and set foot on the world in search of his people and became Chief Dunedin and Ranger of the North. Eventually, he met and befriended Gandalf, which paved the way for him to join the League of the Ring and end Sauron’s reign once and for all during the war.
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