Who is Finrod felagund: Finrod Felagund, who is Galadriel’s brother, has a long cameo in the first episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Here is everything you need to know about him.
Amazon’s long-awaited TV show set in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Second Age starts with a flashback to happier times. During the Years of the Trees, young Galadriel lives in the blessed realm of Valinor, where she makes boats and is bullied by other elf children (ok, not that happy). Galadriel gets into a fight that she would have won if it had gone on, but her big brother Finrod Felagund pulls her away.
Finrod, who is played by Will Fletcher, gives his little sister some advice about being a brother or sister.
But when war breaks out against the fallen Vala Morgoth, Finrod goes looking for Sauron, the villain’s top lieutenant. Galadriel says that Sauron was smarter than Finrod and struck first.
After the War of Wrath, his body was found, and it had deep claw marks and Sauron’s mark on it. Galadriel, played by Morfydd Clark, takes her brother’s sword and inherits his will, which makes her want to kill Sauron more than anything.
During the First Age, Finrod ran his own city in Middle-earth
The history lesson in the first episode of The Rings of Power gives the impression that Finrod rode from Valinor to Middle-earth only to destroy Sauron. In J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology, however, Finrod plays a much bigger role in the early history of Middle-earth, and his actions have effects that can be seen in both The Rings of Power and The Lord of the Rings.
Finrod was the one who built the first Minas Tirith. Minas Tirith was much farther north than the Gondor it was named for in the Third Age.
It was a watchtower against Morgoth for hundreds of years until Sauron attacked and turned it into a base of operations before Mordor even existed. Finrod had moved on to bigger things by the time Minas Tirith fell.
Because Finrod didn’t leave the Valar like that annoying Fanor, and because some people in Valinor wanted Morgoth to be defeated, the Vala Ulmo showed Finrod a hidden network of underground caves.
Here, Finrod would build Nargothrond, a huge city that was almost impossible to get to and from which he would rule as king while Morgoth couldn’t see it. Neither Minas Tirith nor Nargothrond made it to the Second Age of The Rings of Power.