The main antagonist of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ by Amazon will be more powerful and darker than Sauron. Since the main premise of the original saga was prevent the return of Sauron, it is difficult to understand that there was a being with a greater power. Throughout the three installments that the film saga had, this was Frodo’s main threat and it is the one that the Community must defeat. However, the Amazon series, which will arrive in September 2022, could have a more fearsome enemy, if possible.
Why before Sauron there was another great dark lord. The main trilogy’s antagonist was Melkor’s follower, a Vala. Due to the Maia nature of Sauron, he was below his master. Melkor was dominant in the hierarchy and only Sauron assumed the role of his mentor when he capitulated. However, he continued to be their benchmark.
Melkor, also known as Morgoth, was the first Dark Lord and the main antagonist of the Legendarium stories that Tolkien wrote., is also one of the main characters in ‘The Silmarillion’. Morgoth was only defeated by the combined might of his fellow Valar, who rode in a glorious host to defeat Lucifer himself. This battle happened at the end of the First Age and Melkor has not been seen since. Because the Amazon series, according to the platform, is set in the Second Era of Tolkien, no followers anticipated the presence of the greatest villain of the literary saga in the television series.
The trees of Valinor
However, the first image of the fiction suggests that, perhaps, it is not the Second Age, but the First. The photo showed the two trees of Valinor: Telperion and Laurelin. These divine creations were revered for their light and beauty and were present until the First Age, as they were destroyed precisely by Melkor.
That the series includes the two trees, showing them nothing more and nothing less than in the first promotional image, which is revealing, implies that there will be some scene related to them, which could be the related to its destruction. That would mean the presence of Melkor, even if it is an analepsis.
That would imply that also his faithful ally, the giant spider Ungoliant, distant ancestor of Shelob, the arachnid shown in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. Any type of Morgoth appearance can be the trigger for several factors. Melkor was the main responsible for the darkness being present in the trilogy of ‘The Lord of the Rings’.
Morgoth was responsible for indoctrinating and corrupting Sauron, he was also the cause of Middle-earth being surrounded by monsters and shadows, as seen in the film saga directed by Peter Jackson, such as Balrog or the aforementioned Shelob. He was also the one who caused friction between elves and dwarves, as well as all the misfortunes of Middle-earth.
His possible debut in a live-action production would make the power of Sauron in the original saga was in a discreet background. Of course, it will captivate fans, who would finally see the powerful villain’s predecessor in action.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.