The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power takes place thousands of years before the trilogy we all know, and that means plenty of opportunities for character appearances we haven't seen. Morgoth is one of those characters that have already been mentioned and is a major player in the history of Middle Earth.
Despite plenty of characters getting a nod in The Rings of Power, many of them won't ever make a true appearance in the latest iteration of the fantasy world. In this article, we'll go over the odds of Morgoth making an appearance and who the character really is.
The Rings of Power - Will Morgoth Appear?
The timeline of The Rings of Power brings viewers thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings. In theory, nearly anyone could show up, including the original Dark Lord, Morgoth. However, there was plenty of history that went down before the events of the latest show.
More likely than not, we will never see an appearance from Morgoth in the show. At least not in the current timeline. Characters like Elrond and Galadriel both witnessed the fall of Morgoth, and that evil is still fresh in their mind when the show begins. Finding Sauron, his servant, is even one of the goals of the future Elven Lord.
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It's possible, though, that Morgoth could make an appearance in a flashback to the First Age. Nearly his entire reign of terror took place then, and the Second Age began with his downfall. However, the Tolkien Estate decides what parts of the lore are explored. If the First Age is off the table, then Morgoth can likely only ever be mentioned.
Who is Morgoth in The Lord of the Rings?
Also known as Melkor, this Dark Lord was the predecessor to Sauron. Compared to Sauron, Morgoth was far more dangerous and required a much larger alliance to defeat. Even then, he was only banished to the void rather than outright slain. Sauron in comparison has lost to Middle Earth twice and was slain.
As an Ainur, Melkor is incredibly old and outdated even the likes of Gandalf or Sauron. He was there to interrupt the music that essentially bound Middle Earth together, and according to some lore, he'll be there when it all ends. There's a reason it took so many alliances to take him down, and he still lives in the minds of the elves. It's no wonder they keep such a watchful eye on the Men that sided with the Dark Lord in The Rings of Power.
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