J.R.R. Tolkien’s lore is probably the most epic world-building high fantasy creation ever. There’s so much detail put into not only the story itself but the world, the characters, and the entire history of Middle-earth. Now, Amazon is embarking on a journey, trying to adapt the Second Age of Tolkien’s creation in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power TV Series.
The series will try to concise almost 3500 years of Tolkien’s Middle-earth history into a span of a century or two, which will be extremely challenging. That’s why, along with well-known Tolkien characters such as Isildur, Sauron, Gil-galad, Galadriel, and Elrond, we’ll get some new characters created for the purpose of the show such as Arondir, Bronwyn, and Princess Disa.
So, without further ado, here’s everything we know about The Rings of Power characters – old and new – including their height, ages, birthdays, powers, etc.
The Rings of Power: Character Heights, Ages, Birthdays At A Glace
|The Rings of Power Character||Height (ft. Inches / cm)||Birthday||Age|
|Celebrimbor||N/A||N/A||Over 2200 years old|
|Galadriel||6’4’’ /193 cm||1362 Years of Trees||3000 years old|
|Halbrand||Around 6′ 2” / 188 cm||N/A||N/A|
|High King Gil-galad||7 ft / 213 cm||YT 1481||2881 years old|
|Isildur||7 ft / 213 cm||SA 3209||Around 26 years old|
|King Durin III||Between 4 ft / 123 cm and 5’ ft / 152 cm tall||Between SA 1500 and SA 1590||70 years old|
|Pharazôn||Around 6’½’’ / 185 cm||SA 3118||137 years old|
|Poppy Proudfellow||Between 3’6’’ / 110 cm and 4’ / 123 cm.||N/A||Early twenties|
|Prince Durin IV||Between 4 ft/ 123 cm and 5’ / 152.5 cm||N/A||N/A|
|Princess Disa||Around 4 ft / 123 cm||N/A||N/A|
|Queen Regent Miriel||N/A||SA 3117||80-130 years old|
|Sauron||N/A||N/A||Between 8 ft / 244 cm) and 9 ft 274 cm|
Arondir is one of the characters in The Rings of Power that’s created solely for the purpose of the show. He’s not a part of Tolkien’s work, so we don’t really know how old he is or when he was born.
We do know that Arodir was a Silvan Elf of the Second Age and that his role in the series will be important. He came to the village of Tirharad and fell in love with a woman named Bronwyn – a character also created for the purposes of the show.
Arondir will be portrayed by Ismael Cruz Cordova, who is 35 years old, and was born on April 7, 1987. The actor is 6ft (183 cm) tall, so we’re assuming Arondir will be around the same height and age (at least physically, since he’s an Elf, and his age is hard to determine without actually knowing when they were born).
Bronwyn is another non-canonical character that’ll appear in the show. She belongs to the race of Men and lived in the village of Tirharad in the Second Age, being a mother of a boy named Theo and also working as the village’s healer.
She fell in love with the Silvan Elf, Arondir, at some point. Their complete role and storyline are still unknown, but they ought to be important characters.
Again, Bronwyn’s age is still unknown, but we know the character will be portrayed by Nazanin Boniadi. She is a 42-year-old Iran-born British actress, born on May 22, 1980. Nazanin is 5’3¾” (162 cm) tall. Seeing she belongs to the race of Men, Bronwyn likely doesn’t have any powers, apart from being a prolific village healer.
Celebrimbor is a very important character in Tolkien’s legendarium, especially in the Second Age. He was a Noldorin prince and the last in the line of the House of Feanor. He was born sometime during the first age but became the ruler of Eregion in the Second Age, where Celebrimbor was also a master smith.
When Sauron came to Eregion, disguised as Annatar, they forged the Rings of Power for Men and Dwarves. However, just as Sauron forged the One Ring in secret – the one to rule over all other Rings of Power – Celebrimbor grew suspicious of Annatar and his intentions.
So, he forged the Three Elven Rings of Power – Nenya, Vilya, and Narya – and hid them away, giving them for safekeeping to Gil-galad in Lindon and Lady Galadriel in Lorien. After Sauron revealed his true identity and intentions, Celebrimbor was captured, tortured, and eventually killed by the Dark Lord and his forces.
As an Elf, Celebrimbor was incredibly intuitive, strong, accurate, a master smith, and had the gift of immortality. He was born in Valinor before the Exile of the Noldor and died in SA (Second Age) 1697, meaning he was over 2200 years old at the time of his death.
Sauron (Annatar) came to Eregion in SA 1500, meaning Celebrimbor will be around 2000 years old in The Rings of Power series, depending on how they plan on compressing the Second Age’s timeline.
Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot is an ancestor of the Harfoot Hobbits in the Second Age, created for the purposes of the show. She doesn’t appear in Tolkien’s work, much like her friend Poppy Proudfellow (later on this list). They will play a significant role in the series, as they were the ones who found The Stranger – a mysterious man who came down with a falling meteorite.
It’s still unclear who The Stranger is – Sauron himself, disguised, like Annatar, or one of the Maiar, like Saruman, or Gandalf, sent to protect Middle-earth.
As for Elanor’s height and age, it hasn’t been explicitly stated. However, we can draw out some conclusions. Harfoots lived for about 90-100 years and “came to age” when they were 33. Nori is clearly not an adult Hobbit yet, so she has to be less than that – probably in her early twenties.
Also, we know that Harfoots were taller than the Third Age Hobbits, who were 2-4 feet tall, on average. Harfoots exceeded 4 feet, as we learn in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, where we learn that Bilbo’s great-great-grand-uncle, Bandobras Took, was “four feet, five inches tall and able to ride a horse.”
Seeing that Nori is a young female Harfoot ancestor, she’s likely a bit smaller, around 3’6’’ (110 cm) tall. The actress, Markella Kavenagh, though, is 21 years old and taller than Nori – standing at 5’4’’ (165 cm).
Elendil (Quenyan for “The Elf-friend) is one of the most important characters of the Second Age. Also known as Elendil the Tall, the big Numenorean Man, was the High King of Dunedain and the founder of the Kingdoms of Arnor and Gondor (along with his sons, Isildur and Anarion).
He was born in SA 3119 and died in the final battle of the Second Age, where Sauron was defeated for the first time, in SA 3441, meaning Elendil was 322 years old when he died. The moniker Elendil the Tall came from his staggering height, measuring 7’1’’ (241 cm) tall.
Like the rest of the Numenoreans, he was granted a prolonged lifespan, especially after his father, Amandil, maintained a strong bond and friendship with the Elves after Sauron and Ar-Pharazon betrayed them. Sauron hated Elendil just as much as his father and, subsequently, his sons.
Elendil was briefly portrayed by Peter McKenzie in flashbacks during the original LOTR movie trilogy but will be portrayed by Lloyd Owen in the upcoming series. Owen is 6-foot-tall (183 cm) and was born on April 14, 1966, meaning the actor is 56 years old.
I was quite disappointed that Hugo Weaving isn’t returning as Elrond in The Rings of Power, but his schedule coincided with the shooting of the series, so the producers opted for Robert Aramayo instead. I’m sure he’ll be great, but I’ll miss Hugo dearly.
Anyways, Elrond is well known from The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He is a mighty Elf who was the Lord of Rivendell and lived in Middle-earth from the First Age to the beginning of the Fourth Age. He was the father of Arwen Undomiel, who was eventually the spouse of Aragorn II Elessar.
Elrond was born in FA (First Age) 532 and departed to the immortal lands of Aman in TA 3021 when he was a bit over 6500 years old. He was one of the few to survive the War of the Last Alliance in SA 3441.
The Rings of Power, however, were forged in SA 1500, meaning Elrond will be around 1550-1600 years old in the series – again, depending on the conciseness of the show’s timeline.
As for his height, it was never explicitly stated. However, we know that Legolas was 6’ (183 cm tall), and Elrond was slightly taller, meaning his height could be approximately the same as the actor Hugo Weaving, who is 6’2’’ (188 cm) tall.
Lady Galadriel is one of the oldest, most powerful Elf-women of all time. She was born in 1362 during the Years of the Trees and departed to Valinor in TA 3021 when she was – at least – 8000 years old. She is also the tallest Elf-woman ever, standing at 6’4’’ (193 cm) tall.
In the Second Age, though, when The Rings of Power were forged, she was around 3000 years old (5000 when Sauron was first defeated in the War of the Last Alliance). Galadriel was also one of the Elves that got a ring of Power from Celebrimbor for safekeeping.
Her ring was the Ring of Water, Neny, which she didn’t use for as long as Sauron had the One Ring. However, after he had lost it, Galadriel put Nenya to good use, becoming the Lady of Lothlorien, protecting her realm with the power of the Ring. It served as protection, preservation, and concealment from evil, especially the Eye of Sauron in the Third Age.
We know that Galadriel will not be portrayed by Cate Blanchett as in the original LOTR trilogy but rather by a young actress named Morfydd Clark.
Another important character created non-canonically for the purposes of the show is Halbrand, who’ll be portrayed by charlie Vickers. He was a Man during the Second Age, born somewhere around SA 1500 since that’s when the Rings of Power were forged. His exact age and date of birth are unknown.
Halbrand was stranded on a raft in a storm somewhere in the middle of the Sundering Seas, where he encounters Galadriel, who saves him. We know he has a sword with a carved horse pommel on it, as seen on one of the posters for the show (connections to Rohan, maybe?), but not much else is known about his character yet, other than he’s trying to escape his past.
As for Halbrand’s height, we’ll assume the character’s height is the same as the actors, which would be around 6’2’’ (188 cm).
High King Gil-galad
High King Gil-galad is as important of a character in the Second Age as any on this list. He was a Noldorin Elf and the last High King of the Noldor in Middle-earth. Gil-galad was born in YT 1481 and died in SA 3441 during the Siege of Barad-dur, where he was killed by Sauron. Gil-Galad was exactly 4213 years old at the time of his death.
Gil-galad and Elendil were the two leaders who formed the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, meaning they were responsible for Sauron’s ultimate defeat at the end of the Second Age.
Being a Noldorin Elf and a High King, Gil-galad was incredibly powerful. Gifted with immense knowledge, wisdom, eternal life, and all the gifts that come with being a Noldorin elf, Gil-galad was also the safe keeper of two of the Three Elven Rings of Power.
One – the Ring of Water – was entrusted to Galadriel, while the other two, Vilya (Ring of Air) and Narya (Ring of Fire), were in Gil-galad’s hands until he passed them on to his herald, Elrond, and his lieutenant, Cirdan before he was killed by Sauron.
It’s unknown how tall Gil-galad was, as his height was simply described as being “tall.” Seeing he was seemingly taller than Lady Galadriel, who was 6’4’’ (193 cm) tall, Gil-galad was probably in the neighborhood of 7 feet tall (213 cm).
We know he’ll be portrayed by Benjamin Walker, who is between 6’2’’ (188 cm) and 6’3’’ (191 cm) tall, depending on the source.
Isildur is one of the two sons of Elendil the Tall and the one who used the shards of Narsil to cut off the One Ring from Sauron’s finger in the War of the Last Alliance. He was born in SA 3209 (meaning about 1700 years after the forging of the Rings of Power) and died aged 234 in TA 2.
After cutting off the One Ring from Sauron’s finger, he had the chance to destroy it, but the Ring quickly corrupted him and had Isildur steal it for himself instead of finishing the job right then and there.
However, he later lost the Ring in the waters of the River Anduin, after which he was captured by Orcs and eventually killed. His and his brother’s (Anarion) heirs ruled the kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor before the Kingdoms were reunited by Aragorn II Elessar (Viggo Mortensen in the movies).
Isildur was 7 feet (213 cm) tall, whereas the actor who portrays the character in The Rings of Power, Maxim Baldry, is 5′ 0¾” (180 cm) tall.
King Durin III
King Durin III was – and will be – an important figure in the Second Age, where The Rings of Power took place. He was the King of Durin’s Folk and the first bearer of the mightiest of the Seven Dwarf Rings of Power. He received the Ring of Durin sometime shortly after it was forged in SA 1500.
Durin III was born somewhere between SA 1500 and SA 1590 and died sometime after SA 1697, meaning he was at least 107 years old at the time of his death – possibly a lot more. He was an important figure in the Second Age, although his heir, Prince Durin IV, will probably play a more significant role in the series.
As for his height, it was never explicitly stated, although we know that Dwarves were somewhere in between Hobbits and Men. Hence, he was likely somewhere between 4’ (123 cm) and 5’ (152 cm) tall.
The actor, Peter Mullan, is around 5’7½’’ (171 cm) tall and aged 62 (born on November 2, 1959). Seeing that Durin’s heir, Prince Durin IV, is already an adult in the series, we’ll likely see Durin III in his mature days, anywhere from 70 years old to higher.
Pharazôn, or Ar-Pharazôn, was the last King of Numenor. Although he was the most powerful and richest Numenorean king but fell victim to his own greed and ambitions, which ultimately led to the complete destruction of Numenor.
His armies marched into Mordor, and Sauron’s forces abandoned him, resulting in the Dark Lord being taken as Ar-Pharazôn’s prisoner. However, the cunning Sauron silver-tongued his way to becoming the King’s prime advisor with flattery and false promises. Soon, he convinced Ar-Pharazôn to worship Morgoth and march onto Valinor itself.
That’s when Eru Iluvatar, the One, the primal deity of Tolkien’s universe, sank his entire gigantic fleet and flooded Numenor down into the ocean. Ar-Pharazôn was then imprisoned in the Caves of the Forgotten. Since then, Valinor was cut from Middle-earth, and mortals couldn’t find it. Only Elves and a few exceptional characters were able to get into Valinor.
Now, in the show, his official name and title are Pharazôn, the advisor to Queen Regent Miriel. In Tolkien’s work, he came into power by usurping the throne from Queen Miriel, which suggests we’ll watch Ar-Pharazôn before he became King of Numenor in the series.
That leads me to his age; Ar-Pharazôn was born in SA 3118, while his imprisonment came in SA 3319 when he was 201 years old. Since we’ll watch him in the series before he sits on the throne (at least at the beginning), it means before SA 3255, when he started to rule Numenor. It’d put him around or under 137 years old in The Rings of Power.
We don’t know the exact height of Pharazôn, but we know he’ll be portrayed by Tristan Gravelle, who was born in 1981 and is about 6’½’’ (185 cm) tall.
Poppy Proudfellow is an ancestor of the Harfoot Hobbits and a friend of Elanor Brandyfoot. Both characters were created specifically for the show, as they are the ones to find the mysterious Stranger – a character we know very little about that’ll play a big role in the series.
She is about the same age as Nori Brandyfoot, which is probably early twenties. They look like they’re around the same height, too, meaning anywhere between 3’6’’ (110 cm) and 4’ (123 cm).
Prince Durin IV
Prince Durin IV was the descendant of King Durin III, eventually becoming the King of Durin’s Folk himself. He was a Dwarf ruling from Khazad-dum and, like all the previous Durins, believed to be the reincarnation of Durin I, appearing and behaving incredibly similar.
He may have been King during the War of the Last Alliance since he wielded the Ring of Power given to him by his ancestor, Durin III. Seeing that the official name and title for the character in the first season of the show is Prince Durin IV, we’ll obviously be looking at the time before he became the King of Durin’s Folk.
Dwarves in Tolkien’s universe are, on average, between 4’ (123 cm) and 5’ (152.5 cm). Seeing that he has a strong resemblance to Durin I, Durin IV is probably closer to 5’ (152.5 cm) tall.
We don’t know the exact age of Durin IV in the show, but Owain Arthur, who portrays the character in The Rings of Power, was born on March 5, 1983, and is around 5’8’’ (172 cm) tall.
One of the stunners before the show ever premiered was the introduction of Princess Disa, a character created solely for the purposes of the series. In the show, Disa is a Dwarven princess of the Second Age. We don’t hear a lot about Dwarf women in Tolkien’s lore.
There was the time when Gimli, talking to Legolas in Peter Jackson’s LOTR: The Two Towers, said there aren’t many of them around and that their voice and appearance strongly resemble that of a Dwarf man. However, Princess Disa doesn’t fit that category at all. She looks strong, confident, beautiful, and beard-free.
Some suggest that the character was given the name Disa as an homage to Dis, the only female Dwarf that Tolkien has ever named. She was the mother of Fili and Kili, Bilbo’s friends in The Hobbit.
The character’s height and age are still unknown, but Disa’d probably be somewhere around 4’ (123 cm) tall. The actress Sophia Nomvete, though, is a 32-year-old English actress. Her height hasn’t really been disclosed, but I’m guessing it’s more than 4 feet.
Queen Regent Miriel
Tar-Miriel, the daughter of King Tar-Palantir, was the last rightful heir to the throne of Numenor. However, before she ever sat on the throne, it was usurped by her cousin, Ar-Pharazôn, who took her as a wife against her will and stole the throne. In the show, she’ll be known as Queen Regent Miriel, and Pharazôn will be her “advisor.”
Hence, it’s obvious she’ll have a slightly different storyline than her literary counterpart, where she will get the throne but will probably be betrayed and usurped by Pharazôn.
Tar-Miriel was born in SA 3117 and died in SA 3319, aged 202. Seeing that Ar-Pharazôn usurped the throne in SA 3255, and we’ll see a period before he became King in the show, that’d mean Queen Regent Miriel will be anywhere between 80-130 years old.
The actress portraying her in the show, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, was born on January 12, 1985 (37 years old), and is 5’6¼’’ (168 cm) tall.
The one you’ve waited for. We know Sauron is bound to appear in The Rings of Power sooner or later. When and how is a completely different thing.
Sauron was born – or existed if you will – almost since the beginning of time. He was one of the greatest Maiar and a lieutenant of Melkor, later known as Morgoth. After his evil master was destroyed, Sauron became the Dark Lord and sought the destruction of Middle-earth.
In the Second Age, he disguised himself as Annatar, and used Celebrimbor and the elves to forge the Rings of Power. Secretly, he forged the One Ring, which held power over all Rings of Power. His deceit was discovered, and he fled, situating in Mordor.
Centuries later, Ar-Pharazôn attacked Mordor and took Sauron as a prisoner. However, the Dark Lord quickly corrupted the King of Numenor, using his lust for power and greed against him. Sauron became his first advisor and tricked him into attacking Valinor itself.
Later, Sauron was first defeated during the Siege of Barad-dur, when Isildur chopped the One Ring from his finger, forcing him to retreat, nearly dead. Of course, he’d later return in the Third Age, eventually dying on March 25, TA 3019, when Frodo threw the One Ring into the fires of Mount Doom.
Nobody knows Sauron’s exact age, but it’s certain that it’s over 10 000 years old. I can’t wait to see who’ll portray the Dark Lord in the show and in which form. There was talk it’ll be Anson Boon’s character, but the executive producer, Lindsey Weber, told TIME exclusively that the character is NOT Sauron and that it wasn’t even Anson Boon but rather Birdie Sisson.
Sauron was said to be big, somewhere between 8’ (244 cm) and 9’ (274 cm) tall at that time.
Last but not least, we’re getting an extremely mysterious new character in the show, only known as The Stranger. He was found by Elanor Brandyfoot and Poppy Proudfellow after falling to Middle-earth on a meteorite.
Who he is and how he got there are unclear. He could be Sauron in disguise, being the infamous Annatar, or he could be one of the Maiar, like Saruman, or Gandalf, sent to Middle-earth to protect it and prevent the Dark Lord’s victory.
Whatever the case may be, it’s obvious he has immense power since he violently landed on a meteorite and survived unscathed. The mysterious, long-haired, bearded man will be portrayed by Daniel Weyman, who was born in 1977 (45 years old) and is around 6’ (183 cm) tall.