The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (opens in new tab) may be four episodes in, but the Amazon series is still introducing new characters to its epic world. In the latest outing, we returned to Númenor, learned more about the villainous Adar, and took a trip to Khazad-dûm to discover a precious metal. But given the huge scope of the story, you’d be forgiven if you’re still trying to distinguish your Brandyfoots from your Proudfellows.

To help you along the way, we’ve taken a deep dive into all the key players of this story. We break down who the characters are, who the actors that play them are, and whether they’re part of J.R.R. Tolkien’s original canon or a new creation for the show. As we get further into the season, we’ll keep updating this too with new information and new arrivals to Middle-earth – so make sure you keep this link handy.

The Elves

Galadriel 

Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

(Image credit: Amazon Studios/Prime Video)

Galadriel will be a familiar character for anyone who’s watched Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Elf was a key part of that story, where she was played by Cate Blanchett as an ethereal ruler who welcomes the Fellowship to Lothlórien. In The Rings of Power, we meet Galadriel centuries prior when she was a young (by Elven standards) woman. This is a very different Galadriel: a fierce warrior who we meet on a mission to find Sauron after brother died at his hands. She leads her soldiers into the far northern limits of Middle-earth to locate the evil brewing, but before long is urged to stop in her mission. 

 Who plays Galadriel in The Rings of Power? 



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