After abandoning ship on the way in which to the Timeless Lands and escaping sure dying (at the very least twice!), Galadriel’s wound up in a number of unlikely locations — however her tentative alliances with Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) and Elendil (Lloyd Owen) put her proper within the path of the solutions she’s been in search of for years. By means of Halbrand, Galadriel kind of learns what Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) and Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) already know: that orcs have been ravaging the Southlands, driving males from their houses and infecting their harmless cows. And with the assistance of Elendil, she learns that her mysterious sigil and Halbrand’s dwelling are related in a majorly disturbing method.
Even if Galadriel is positively presupposed to be underneath home arrest in Númenor, Elendil whisks her away to the Corridor of Lore, the place a super-efficient librarian uncovers the account of a spy embedded amongst Sauron’s followers. This spy drew Sauron’s image as a way of recording the place precisely he was held, which implies that, all alongside, the sigil was really a map. In contrast side-by-side with a map of Center-earth, it bears a startling resemblance to the Southlands.
The spy’s reconnaissance tells of a back-up plan that Sauron and his followers would enact within the occasion of Morgoth’s defeat. The Southlands will function the muse of Sauron’s new realm, “the place evil wouldn’t solely endure, however thrive,” Galadriel says. Although the Southlands are nonetheless kind of underneath the rule of males, it will not be that method for lengthy. Quickly, it’s going to be remodeled into Sauron’s base of operations, recognized in later ages as Mordor.