While we all know The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power primarily focuses on the search for Sauron after the end of the First Age, one of the names that often gets mentioned in the series is Morgoth. We know that Morgoth was the first great threat that Middle-Earth faced in its history. But his defeat ended the First Age and ushered in the Second Age, which is the setting of The Rings of Power. But is Morgoth still in The Rings of Power?
Morgoth was in The Rings of Power but was only mentioned in passing during the opening monologue of the series. He was never shown in the events of the storyline, although his name is often mentioned. Morgoth is no longer in the world, but his influence lives through Sauron and the evil he left on the world.
Even though we all know that Sauron is the more popular dark lord in the storyline of The Lord of the Rings, Morgoth is an even more powerful and greater threat. However, he is no longer in the storyline or The Lord of the Rings as he isn’t even in the world anymore. Still, let’s look at why he is “still” in The Rings of Power and what his role is in the storyline.
Who Is Morgoth?
When it comes to the story of The Lord of the Rings, we can’t help but correlate evil with Sauron because he was the dark lord that ruled over the evil creatures of Middle-Earth during the events of The Lord of the Rings. He is also the evil that Frodo and his friends seek to destroy during the events of the storyline. However, what people often forget is that he wasn’t even the original dark lord of Middle-Earth.
Long before Elves and Men existed and even before the time of Middle-Earth, Eru Ilúvatar sought to create the world by creating the Ainur, which are divine spirits that share a portion of his power. These Ainur are countless, but there are only a few of them that are considered Valar, who are the strongest of all of the Ainur. And the strongest out of all of the Ainur was a Valar named Melkor.
Through the help of the Ainur, Ilúvatar was able to create and shape the entire universe. However, Melkor sought to corrupt the creation of the universe because he was jealous of the fact that he didn’t have the power to create that only Ilúvatar possessed. As such, he eventually became an evil and selfish being that was close to the power of the supreme creator but was hungry for power.
Morgoth’s efforts allowed him to create a dark empire in the Middle-Earth, where he resided for countless years during the Year of the Trees. However, when he desired the Silmarils that Fëanor created, Melkor went to Valinor to corrupt the Two Trees and steal the Silmarils. This act brought about the First Age, as Melkor became known as Morgoth, which means “black foe of the world,” a nickname that Fëanor gave him when the Elves waged war on him to recover the stolen Silmarils.
The war against Morgoth waged on for nearly 600 years on Middle-Earth, as Elves and Men alike lost their lives fighting for and against Morgoth. It wasn’t until Eärendil, a half-Elf, decided to sail all the way to Valinor to ask the help of the Valar. Touched by the efforts of Eärendil, the Valar fought on the side of the Elves and Men that wanted to end the war. As such, Morgoth was defeated and taken captive by the Valar.
Unlike the first time the Valar defeated him, Morgoth was not chained up. Instead, he was ejected from the entire world and was cast into the Void, where he has remained ever since the end of the First Age. The defeat of Morgoth ushered in the Second Age of Middle-Earth. But the problem was that Sauron, his most trusted lieutenant, was able to evade capture during the First Age.
Is Morgoth In The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power?
During the early part of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the entire First Age was summarized in brief in Galadriel’s opening monologue. She told the story of how Morgoth destroyed the Two Trees and forced the Elves to wage war against him. Of course, Morgoth’s defeat wasn’t shown, but the monologue revealed that he was defeated. But the most important part was that the monologue also revealed that Sauron was able to evade capture and is still at large somewhere in Middle-Earth.
This means that Morgoth is indeed in The Rings of Power. However, he was never shown in the series due to the fact that he was only mentioned in passing. That’s because the true evil that the series wanted to focus on was Sauron, who was still very much a threat to Middle-Earth because he was just as evil but even more cunning and deceitful compared to Morgoth.
As such, while Morgoth was often mentioned in The Rings of Power, he was never shown. Still, he is in the series in one way or another despite the fact that he is no longer in the world. And that is something that we are going to discuss in our next topic.
Who Could Morgoth Be?
Of course, throughout the entire first season of The Rings of Power, Galadriel wondered who Sauron could be and where the dark lord could be hiding. It was revealed in the final episode of the season that the dark lord was hiding in the form of a Man named Halbrand the entire time and had lost much of his power when Adar betrayed and killed him in the past. Of course, while we do know that Sauron was merely hiding in the form of another person, what about Morgoth?
Even though Sauron was hiding in the form of Halbrand, we can’t say the same about Morgoth because he was actually captured and ejected from the world after he was defeated at the end of the First Age. That means that he isn’t hiding in the form of a person during the events of The Rings of Power.
But the twist here is that Morgoth still exists in the world even though he is no longer in the world and is imprisoned in the Void. Yes, that sounds confusing. But bear with us when we say that his influence is the one that persisted in the world and not his spirit or physical form.
Even though Morgoth still remains in the Void and is watched over by Eärendil and the other Valar, his power still exists in Middle-Earth due to the very fact that his dark influence is still looming over the world. The effects of Morgoth’s war during the First Age did more than just damage Middle-Earth because it also affected the hearts of both the Elves and the Men.
The lies that he put in the hearts of the Children of Ilúvatar (Elves and Men) persisted thousands of years after he was cast out into the Void. That basically means that, because of Morgoth, the Children of Ilúvatar have the capacity to commit evil deeds as this is the lasting influence that the first dark lord left on the world. In fact, in The Rings of Power, the distrust between the Men of the south and the Elves still persisted because the Southlanders were the Men that fought alongside the dark lord during the First Age.
As such, even after he was defeated, Morgoth still existed in the world in the form of the evil influence he left behind. There is also the fact that his faithful servant, Sauron, still existed until the end of the Third Age. That means that there were still people that carried out his legacy long after he was defeated by the Valar and cast into the Void.
While this part of JRR Tolkien’s writings was never explored, it is even said that Morgoth will eventually escape the Void and return to Middle-Earth to initiate the Dagor Dagorath, which is the final battle between the forces of good and evil. It is basically Tolkien’s version of the apocalypse, but this storyline was never discussed in great detail during the author’s lifetime.