Halbrand: Unraveling the Mystery

There are a lot of characters in The Rings of Power. So many, in fact, that we haven’t even met all of them yet in the first couple of episodes. But there’s one character that is one of the most intriguing in the series so far and that is the original character created by J.D Payne and Patrick McKay called Halbrand.

From the very first image that was released featuring Halbrand, it was obvious that he was the new Aragorn-type human character in this story. There weren’t many details to grasp from his character, considering that the writers have steeped his story in mystery. Now that we’ve seen the first two episodes and have met Halbrand my theory on where his story could lead in this show has become more and more apparent. So, let me share that theory.

The theory that I first entertained was that he was, in fact, Sauron in disguise. This would’ve been an interesting dynamic if he had befriended Galadriel only to eventually betray her. Her disdain for him would’ve been even deeper and therefore that connection would’ve become something far more interesting than we originally thought. But I have a better theory, one that doesn’t involve Halbrand being Sauron which would honestly be kind of lame.

SPOILERS for Episode 2 AHEAD!

In the second episode, Galadriel meets Halbrand among a band of shipwrecked humans. After surviving an attack by a “worm” a.k.a sea-dragon her only hope of survival is joining Halbrand.

They learn a bit about each other during this moment of perilous adventure. It is during this time that a bit of his story is revealed. It seems, thanks to the dots being connected from the other storylines in the episode, that he’s from the Southlands. However, it seems he escaped a terrible fate there, choosing to most likely abandon his people to save his own skin.

This cowardly act is why his saving Galadriel during a fierce and almost deadly storm was such a big deal. It’s the first time, maybe ever, that he has actually cared for someone enough to save them. This change of heart is undoubtedly the stepping stone on his path of redemption, a path that I see leading him to one day becoming a leader among men.

There was a mention from an angry young Southlander to the elf, Arondir, that one day there will be a “true king” from their people, so they no longer will have to be overlooked by the elves. Could this be Halbrand?

And while at first glance this may come off as an Aragorn story all over again this is where these stories will differ greatly.

Aragorn was a great man who chose not to be king until circumstances forced him to accept his destiny. Halbrand undoubtedly has a darker side. He’s not the chivalrous knight that Aragorn, son of Arathorn, is. That means if he does, in fact, become a king among men then there’s only one way his story ends: he either becomes one of the Ringwraiths or the Witch-King himself.

Remember what Aragorn said about the Ringwraiths in The Fellowship of the Ring. “They were once men. Great kings of men. Then Sauron, the Deceiver, gave man rings of power. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question, one by one falling into darkness.”

If this show does make it five seasons this will undoubtedly eventually happen. That would be such an interesting turn of events that strays from the narrative of The Lord of the Rings greatly. We’ll see Halbrand’s ascension to greatness only for him to become a slave of evil. And through all of this, Galadriel may have an emotional tie to him that allows her to fully understand the potential and weakness of men.

That is my theory about Halbrand and I feel like I’m definitely on the right course with this one. What do you think? Is Halbrand destined to one day become a Ringwraith, is he Sauron, or is he just some regular guy who will most likely be a love interest for Galadriel through the course of this first season? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.

2 thoughts on “Halbrand: Unraveling the Mystery”

  1. I liked it. I saw two mysteries and one very entertaining call-out. The two mysteries are, “who is Halbrand?” (I think your theory that he’s a future Ringwraith is the most likely) and “who is the Stranger?” (my two candidates are Sauron or Gandalf… the firefly whispering could be either of them, the relative benevolence to Nori is perhaps more Gandalf-like, but the fact that the fireflies all die after he talks to them would be more like Sauron).

    The call-out, which I really liked, was the look of the entrance to the halls of Khazad-Dum when Elrond walked in. This one was sneaky, but they clearly did this as a reimagining of what the bridge upon which Gandalf fought the Balrog looked like when the dwarven halls behind it weren’t long dead and consumed in the dark. I thought it was a nice touch.

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    1. With The Stranger, I absolutely have no clue what to think. The fireflies dying was definitely strange and sinister but I’m convinced it’s not Sauron because Sauron is already down in Middle-Earth hiding somewhere. I liked the idea that he might be Saruman which would be interesting. We’ll see what happens in the next few episodes.


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