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In episode 6 of Rings of Power, we finally get to see the confrontation between the Southlanders and Adar’s orc army, while Númenor rides to the rescue. Much like the Battle of Helm’s Deep, all seems lost until the battle’s last moments, but this clash doesn’t end so happily. Halbrand may now be king, but as Mount Doom detonates, not much of his kingdom will survive.

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Edited by Harriet Lengel-Enright, Randolf Nombrado, and Srinidhi Rao

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Welcome back to ScreenCrush, I’m Brian Silliman, temporarily filling in for Ryan Arey, and these are all of the Easter eggs, references, and little things that you may have missed from Episode 6 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

We found out in the previous episode that the creepy sword hilt that has been prominent in the series thus far is a key. A key to what? We find out towards the end of Episode 6.

Indeed they were.

Many viewers were bang-on about what this key actually does. I myself had my own suspicions.

When the episode opens, we see Adar planting seeds. Not only is this symbolic of how Adar himself has grown new orcs all on his own, it has another symbolism for his elvish nature, something that we’ll discover from another character later on.

He speaks the line which is a curious thing for an elf to say. Elves have the gift of immortality, something that was not granted to the race of Men. While they are immortal they are not invincible however- elves can be killed, and they can also die of grief.

The first episode of this series told us that the elves did not have a word for death before they went to war, so this ritual likely developed during that time. Though he has been mutilated, there is still plenty of elf within Adar.

When he addresses his “children” who all hold fiery torches, it reminded us of Saruman addressing the orcs that he created in the movie Fellowship of the Ring.

Unlike Saruman or Sauron, Adar talks to these orcs as “brothers.” They are not slaves to him, even though some will die in his service.

He says they won’t be unnamed either, which is something he brings up again later in the episode. In the Third Age, Saruman’s Uruk-Hai had names, Ugluk being one, and even the orcs of Sauron were named in Tolkien’s books occasionally, including Grishnakh, Shagrat, and your mother.

Adar wants them all to be sisters and brothers, but the most notable thing of all is that he wants them to have a home. Because of the Southlands location, and these orcs not being able to abide the sun, you can already tell what he has in mind. He’s not going to rent them a condo block in the Poconos.

He calls them “Uruks” multiple times here, which is getting close to the name “Uruk-Hai” that Saruman would give his own creations in the Third Age. The word “uruk” almost translates to “orc” from black speech.

Waldreg asks Adar about Sauron, obviously not learning his lesson, and Adar’s slow turn to him makes us think once again that Adar and Sauron may not be on the best of terms.

Arondir’s shot that brings down the tower immediately made us think of this.

While in The Two Towers, the plan was to get everyone out of the city and barricade them into a fortress, this plan ends up being the reverse: barricade the enemy inside the fortress, and barricade everyone inside a village.

In the first Hobbit movie, Bilbo gives his pony an entire apple. In this episode, Isildur gives his horse a bite of an apple and then keeps on eating the same apple.Sharing is caring. He then throws what is left of the apple, and it goes into the sea- it doesn’t hit Bill Ferny or Pippin.

Galadriel reminds us once again how keen the eyes of the elves are.

She meets Isildur, who wants nothing more than to get away from Numenor. Soon enough, he’ll have his wish granted, permanently. He speaks of “the real Numenor” which may be a reference to Valinor- under the Ban of the Valar, the race of Men is forbidden to venture there. Galadriel’s assurance that those lands do still exist is probably shallow comfort for the never-to-be-fulfilled Isildur.

After having Isildur get back to work, Elendil reluctantly tells Galadriel that Isildur’s mother drowned. This must make it hurt for Elendil, because if she was taken by the sea… Isildur’s mother is never named in Tolkien’s writing.

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