The Rings of Power just answered a decades old The Lord of the Rings question

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Since the very first time they shared the screen, the friendship between Elrond (Robert Amayo) and Durin IV (Owain Arthur) has been a highlight of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. It’s not just their chemistry and deep connection, but the rare joy of seeing an Elf and Dwarf as comrades rather than enemies, as they have often been in Tolkien’s lore. In episode 4 we saw that friendship solidify as Durin shared his deepest secret with Elrond: the existence of Mithril. But just one episode later, that priceless ore could be at the heart of a massive betrayal. Except, as The Rings of Power shows us, the bond between Durin and Elrond is stronger than any potential conflict, and it leads to a huge moment that answers an even bigger question long in the minds of The Lord of the Rings— fans has stuck. .

The real reason Elrond went to Khazad-dûm revealed

While we know that Elrond really values ​​his friendship with Durin, he hasn’t been honest about why he first returned to Khazad-dûm. It wasn’t just to find his best friend, but to forge a union between the Elves and Dwarves to help Celebrimbor forge his next great creation. In his defense, Elrond has tried to convey this to Durin. But what no one knew was that Elrond was being manipulated by Celebrimbor and High King Gil-Galad. Both elves already knew about Mithril and wanted to confirm that the dwarves were able to mine it. It’s a huge revelation that shows the strength and cynical intelligence of the older elves and the naivety and arrogance of Elrond. But he once again shows his personal growth and commitment to his relationship with Durin by immediately telling him the truth.

Thanks to their friendship and Durin’s great generosity, we now know how the elves had access to mithril, despite the substance being found only in Khazad-dûm.

What do the Elves want with Mithril?

While we know the Elves have processed Mithril and used it to create tons of things, Celebrimbor reveals to Elrond that there’s a more drastic reason they need it. After Celebrimbor reveals that he already knew about the ore, Elrond asks him if it could be the Elves’ rescue. “If we can get hold of large amounts of it quickly enough to re-saturate every last eleven in the face of bravery, then we very well could,” replies the famed blacksmith.

It is left to Elrond to break his oath and ask Durin for his help. Elrond explains how important the ore is and how it can save the Elves and begs his friend for help. And Durin, delighted at the opportunity to hold the fate of each Elf in his hands, agrees. This is a huge moment, not only because we know that Celebrimbor will eventually use Mithril to forge one of the Rings of Power, but also because it fills a big hole in a classic Lord of the Rings lore.

A decades-old The Lord of the Rings question finally answered

One of the biggest questions about the relationship between the elves and the dwarves in The Lord of the Rings is how the elves came into possession of Mithril. Although there is mention of “trading” with dwarves in the books, it has always been unclear how the deal came about. It’s an essential part of Tolkien’s lore, as mithril is incredibly rare and only found in a few locations, including, of course, the mines of Moria. This episode answers that question and lays the foundation for expanding the relationship between the elves and the dwarves.

The reason the Elves were able to process Mithril and create jewelry, armor, and artifacts boils down to one thing: Elrond and Durin’s decades-old friendship. That’s not only why Elrond was able to enter the mines and confirm that the dwarves were mining the mithril thread in the first place, but more than it created the bridge between the two communities. If Elrond had not been honest with Durin and told him what the Elves wanted, they would never have been able to gain access to the Mithril. And if Durin hadn’t loved Elrond so much, he would never have thought of letting the elves share in their treasure. The big question now is how Durin will convince his father to give the elves access to the Mithril.

We’ll have to keep watching The Rings of Power to find out. But with only a few episodes of the epic first season to go, we think we’ll probably get our answer sooner rather than later.

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