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Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power- Who Is Calebrimbor?

By Rishabh Shandilya
August 22,2022

Tons of die-hard LOTR fans are getting pumped up for the launch of “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” as they want to explore what fresh insight the series may provide into Middle-earth. In an awesome twist, this will be the first adaptation to center entirely on the events of the Second Age. Tolkien’s rings will serve a major role in the new Amazon miniseries, much as they did in the classic “LOTR” blockbusters.

And if you talk about the rings, how can you ignore the legendary craftsman who forged all the 19 rings of power? Celebrimbor forged the “Rings of Power” and ushered in a time of great prosperity in Middle-earth, coupled with conflict and death.

Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power Calebrimbor

Let’s dig in and uncover all secrets surrounding this legendary craftsman.

The Origin of Calebrimbor

He was the only surviving grandson of Fanor, and the heir to Curufin, the sixth son of Nerdanel, and Feanor. Strangely, the Middle-Earth epic does not reveal how or when Celebrimbor was conceived; all that is known about him is that he was an Elf who formerly resided in the kingdom of Eregion during the Second Age. As such, he played a critical role in establishing the fraternity of gem smiths.

For the record, the legendary craftsman participated in the First Age battles of Dagor-nuin-Giliath as well as Dagor Aglareb. Following the conflict, he, too, opted to stay in Middle-earth upon surviving the Fall of Gondolin. It was during the Second Age that he first interacted, and made friends with the brave Dwarves of Khazad-dum. Things began to alter, unfortunately, when an outsider entered the realm and began interacting with the master blacksmiths.

Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power Calebrimbor

He introduced himself as Annatar, saying that he has arrived here to teach the locals about ring-making. However, none suspected that Annatar was really Sauron masking his identity. Celebrimbor didn’t take a liking to Annatar at first, so he disregarded his advice. However, his other smiths were so impressed by him that they began producing rings in the style specified by Annatar.

The Tragic End of Celebrimbor

To make matters worse, Celebrimbor fell prey to the deception and began crafting all the three Elven rings independently of Sauron. However, he failed to realize that Sauron had put binding enchantment into the rings as part of his artistry.

In honor of the three primary elements in Middle-earth—air, fire, and water—Celebrimbor gave them the names Vilya, Narya, and Nenya. The rings were dispersed to various locations under his direction. Sauron secretly fashioned the One Ring, the supreme ring that’d command all the other rings, to gain dominance over middle-earth.

Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power Calebrimbor

In retaliation, Sauron launched an invasion of Eregion and leveled the whole kingdom to the ground. During the confusion, Celebrimbor was caught and tortured into revealing the whereabouts of the smaller rings but he never said where he shipped three of the finest rings he had created (Vilya, Narya, and Nenya). In the end, Celebrimbor succumbed to his torture and his corpse was blasted full of bolts and hanged on a pole.

Charles Edwards will take on the mantle of Calebrimbor in the upcoming Amazon Prime Lord of The Rings: Rings of Power series.