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The Rings of Power: Theo's Sword, Explained

Theo's Sword in "The Rings of Power" Is Tied to the Series's Ultimate Villain

Watch out! This post contains spoilers.

Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo in Rings of Power

The first four episodes of "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" have set up some pretty big mysteries for the series, like the identity of the Stranger who fell out of a meteor. Another major puzzle fans are still working on figuring out: exactly what's going on with that sword Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin) found. In episode four, which was released Sept. 16, viewers got the most important info yet about the sword, and it's deeply tied to where the series is heading.

At the start of the series, Theo and his mother, Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), live in what appears to be a quiet village in the Southlands. But it wasn't always that way, since the people there and in neighboring towns were wrapped up in Morgoth's War of Wrath, and many of them fought on Morgoth's side. Perhaps the biggest remnants of the war are the legion of Elf fighters who are still stationed near the town, including Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova). Arondir and Bronwyn are in love, despite the mistrust between Elves and men.

In the first episode, Arondir and Bronwyn travel to a nearby town to investigate a cow whose milk is pitch black and oily. While they're gone, Theo and a friend go to a barn. Under the floorboard, Theo reveals a prize he's kept hidden in a box: a mysterious broken sword. He doesn't explain how he ended up with the weapon. It's pretty clear, however, that the sword is bad news. For one thing, it has Sauron's symbol on it, which is also visible on Galadriel's brother's corpse and in a secret cave she leads her men to. Sauron was Morgoth's lieutenant and is also the major villain in "The Rings of Power" (and, of course, the original The Lord of the Rings series).

Things go awry for Theo and Bronwyn in the second episode, when they're attacked by an orc. Bronwyn eventually decapitates the orc, but when Theo checks his broken sword, it keeps glowing — and possibly growing.

In episode four, viewers see that Theo, Bronwyn, and most of the people in their neighboring villages are hiding from orcs in a stronghold. Theo and his friend sneak out to town to try to get more food, but Theo is chased by orcs, who seemingly want his sword. Arondir ultimately saves Theo and gets him back to the stronghold.

Once he's safe, an old man confronts Theo about the sword. He tells him, "It is no sword," and explains it's "power fashioned for our ancestors by his master's own hand." He talks about "the beautiful servant, he who was lost but shall return," and points to the mysterious meteor as a sign that he's on his way. The servant is Sauron, and, according to the old man, the sword was made by Morgoth himself.

Through the course of "The Rings of Power," Sauron, who's in hiding, will slowly gain power and allies across Middle-earth. So far, we've yet to see Sauron on screen (though there are many mysterious characters who could eventually reveal themselves as him). It's not clear if Theo's affinity for the sword is a sign that he will also turn to the dark side and support Sauron in the days to come. He's a completely new character for the show, so fans will have to wait and see his fate. In the Lord of the Rings series, the area that's called the Southlands in "The Rings of Power" has turned into Mordor, the realm of Sauron, so we're not betting on a happy ending.

"The Rings of Power" releases new episodes on Fridays.

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