Who Is Oren in The Lord of the Rings & Who Is Playing Him in the Show?

Oren in The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is Amazon’s upcoming Legendarium-based streaming series that will bring us back to the Second Age of Middle-earth, years before the events of The Lord of the Rings. The Second Age is an extremely interesting period with a lot of events and a lot of characters, most of which are unknown to the casual fan. One such character is the non-canon character named Oren, whose name is just a pseudonym for another character, as it seems.

Oren is supposedly the codename for a character named Arden, a villain in the series; Arden is quite possibly the series’ main villain, supposedly an Elf who directly serves Sauron. In the casting call, the character was described as follows: “A villain who can also evoke a deep sense of pathos and wounded / fallen nobility. Must possess a certain degree of physicality. Should seem middle-aged, though must also project a sense of timelessness.”

The article is going to give you all the available and unavailable information on Oren. Oren is set to appear in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and while we still don’t know how big his role is going to be in the series, we do know that he is certainly deserving of an article. That is why you’ll be able to find everything you need to know about him in this article.

Who is Oren in The Lord of the Rings?

The character of Oren is one of the most enigmatic characters in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power at this moment. Namely, we know that he is going to appear, we know some information about him, but we actually know – nothing. Or next to nothing, but it amounts to the same. Namely, Oren is, from what we know at this moment, a codename behind which lies a character who’s supposedly named Adar. So, if Oren’s a pseudonym, who’s Adar? We have no clue!

Neither Oren nor Adar are characters from Tolkien’s books and they are original characters created specifically for the show, so we don’t actually know how he ties into the stories of the Second Age. When Joseph Mawle was confirmed to play the character, it was revealed that Oren was supposedly the show’s main villain, believed to be a corrupted Elf under Sauron’s sway, or an alias for Sauron himself. That is what we know so far.

We also have a short description of the character: “This is a role for an established actor with some dramatic heft. A villain, who can also evoke a deep sense of pathos and wounded / fallen nobility. Must possess a certain degree of physicality. Should seem middle aged, though must also project a sense of timelessness.”

So, Oren is quite probably the show’s main villain, but his role is still a mystery. Whether he is someone working directly under Sauron to forward his plans, or, perhaps, even Sauron himself – we’ll just have to wait and see!

Who is playing Oren in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?

We know that Oren, or Adar, is going to be played by Joseph Mawle. Mawle played his first major role in 2003 in Shakespeare’s play Troilus and Cressida (the role of Troilus) at the Tobacco Factory Theatre, Bristol, followed by the role of Hamlet at the Southampton Theater Nuffield (English) and participation in the production of the tragedy Antony and Cleopatra at the Royal Exchange Theater Manchester in 2005.

A significant contribution to his career and fame was the 2006 TV movie Soundproof, for which Joseph was nominated for the RTS Breakthrough On Screen Award, and the television movie director, Edmund Coulthard, received the prestigious BAFTA award for best director in 2007. He has appeared in many British television films including Dunkirk (winner of the Huw Wheldon BAFTA Award for Factual Drama), Persuasion directed by Adrian Shergold and Channel 4’s gay drama Clapham Junction.

Who Is Oren in The Lord of the Rings & Who Is Playing Him in the Show?

In 2008, he played the role of Jesus in the BBC/HBO Films miniseries The Passion, and guest-starred in an episode of the television series Foyle’s War. In 2008, Joseph returns to the theater. At the Almeida Theatre, he appears in Rupert Gould’s play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot as Judas Iscariot.

In 2009, Mawle starred in the second part of the Red Riding trilogy (titled Nineteen Eighty) about serial murders in the city of Yorkshire, directed by James Marsh and Philip Ridley’s Heartless, as well as in a television satirical film about the mortgage crisis Free Fall, directed by Dominic Savage, where Mawle starred with Dominic Cooper and Aidan Gillen.

In the same year, he had a role in the 4th episode of the television series The Streets by Jimmy McGovern. In 2010, he continued to work with Dominic Savage in the TV movie Jump. He has also starred in the short films Sometimes The Moon Is Velvet, in the final episode of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, based on Agatha Christie’s novel Murder on the Orient Express, and in the BBC mini-series Five Daughters.

He starred in the film Made in Dagenham with the participation of actress Sally Hawkins. In 2011, he continued to work with the BBC, starring in the television adaptation of David Lawrence’s novel Women in Love and with HBO, where he played the role of Benjen Stark in the television series Game of Thrones.

What will Oren’s role in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power be?

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set for a September 2022 premiere and until then, we cannot speculate as to the importance of any of the characters in the show. Oren, from what we know now, seems to be a character whose role is going to be large, but we don’t actually know how it will play into the whole plot of the series, as well as Sauron’s overall arch. What we can hope is that his role is going to be interesting, but we’ll just have to wait and see how the writers plan on treating this character in the show.

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