There have been a lot of mysteries in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and the only ones that have been able to match the mystery that is Sauron’s identity are the white-robed Mystics that we’ve seen in two episodes already. The one leading them is called the Dweller, who carries a staff that seems to resemble the Eye of Sauron. Of course, there are a lot of things that we still don’t know about this character. But who exactly is the Dweller in The Rings of Power?
The Dweller is a mysterious entity that comes from the land of Rhûn, which can be found in the eastern part of Middle-Earth. She seems to be the one who leads a group of Mystics that come from Rhûn and are looking for the Stranger. The Dweller seems to be capable of dark magic and is immune to fire.
At this point, we don’t know a lot of things about the Dweller and who exactly this character is. All we know about her are the things that we’ve seen in the series so far, as she seems to be almost as mysterious as Sauron’s identity. In that regard, let’s look at some of the things that we know about the Dweller and anything in relation to her goals in The Rings of Power.
Who Is The Dweller In The Rings Of Power?
If there’s something that we can all agree on when it comes to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, it is that there are a lot of things that we still don’t know about it. The first thing that most people tend to wonder about is Sauron’s identity, as the series has done a great job of keeping him a secret. But there are also a lot of other mysterious people in The Rings of Power, such as the Stranger, Adar, or even Halbrand.
But while those abovementioned characters are all mysterious in their own right, there are some characters that tend to be nearly as mysterious as Sauron himself. These characters come in the form of the white-robed figures or Mystics that we’ve seen in a few episodes of The Rings of Power, as they are quite enigmatic in terms of who they are and what they want. But the one thing that we do know is that it seems like the one that’s leading them is the person called the Dweller.
These white-clad people are revealed to be from a land called Rhûn. This was revealed by Lindsey Weber, the executive producer of the series, in an interview with Time magazine. This came as a result of the fact that people thought that the Dweller was actually Sauron when she was revealed in the trailer of The Rings of Power.
The lands of Rhûn are, according to JRR Tolkien’s writings, everything that refers to the east of the map of Middle-Earth. This area of Middle-Earth has hardly ever been talked about by Tolkien, as Rhûn seems to be full of mysteries that we aren’t really aware of. The lands in the east of Middle-Earth are quite enigmatic, considering that Tolkien himself never wrote a lot about them, except for the fact that the Easterlings are allied with Sauron and that the Blue Wizards, upon reaching Middle-Earth, immediately went east and were never heard of again.
The thing is that Tolkien hardly ever describes the lands called Rhûn, and that is probably the reason why the writers and producers of The Rings of Power were able to have a free hand in describing what Rhûn could be and in creating characters that come from this area. After all, they aren’t going to go against Tolkien’s writings if he didn’t write anything about Rhûn.
What we also know is that the people that come from Rhûn are usually described under the blanket term “Easterlings,” as all we know about them is that they are allied with Sauron during the War of the Ring. In that regard, there is a good chance that the Dweller and her other white-robed companions are also called Easterlings but are entirely different from the usual Easterlings that we saw in The Lord of the Rings.
Of course, Weber also mentioned the names of the other white-robed figures. These are the Nomad and the Ascetic. And these two are just as mysterious as the Dweller herself, as we hardly know anything about them as well.
What Are The Powers Of The Dweller?
What we know about the Dweller at this point is that she does have odd powers that seem to be magical in nature. When we first saw the Dweller, she and her companions were looking over the landing area of the Stranger, as the Dweller was able to teleport instantly from a high spot to the crater in a matter of seconds. And this means that she does have some magical capabilities that allow her to instantly teleport from one area to another but only at short distances.
Meanwhile, in episode 7 of The Rings of Power, we once again saw the Dweller doing this. This happened when Nori tried to tell them a different direction in relation to where the Stranger was going. In one second, the Dweller and her companions were right in front of her. The next second, they were behind her as the Dweller tried to grab Nori. As such, it is clear that she and the other two white-robed figures are capable of teleporting short distances.
There is also the fact that when the Dweller tried to reach for Nori, Nori’s father defended her using a torch. However, the Dweller touched the torch’s flame and then seemingly absorbed it without getting hurt. After that, she blew sparks of the flame to the carts of the Harfoot caravan, and they were immediately set ablaze.
In that regard, there is a good chance that the Dweller and the other two Mystics are capable of magic and are nearly as strong as the Stranger himself. But we don’t know why they are capable of doing this and where they get their powers from, as it is also possible that the Dweller and her companions could also be Maiar.
What Is The Dweller’s Goal?
From what we can tell, the only goal of the Dweller and the other two Mystics with her is to find the Stranger. Other than that, we simply don’t know why they are looking for him, as this could be related to the identity of the Stranger. As such, it is possible that we would only know what the Dweller wants once the identity of the Stranger is revealed.
If the Stranger is indeed the wizard named Gandalf, then there is a good reason to believe that the Dweller and her companions are looking for him because they believe he is a threat to Sauron. As mentioned, in the limited writings of Tolkien related to the lands of Rhûn, the Easterlings were allied with the dark lord, and he must have sent the Dweller to kill or capture the Stranger.
But if the Stranger is Sauron, then there is a good chance that the Dweller is looking for him so that she and her companions can finally be reunited with their master. Or if they are actually allied with the forces of good, then they might be looking for the Stranger to defeat him if ever he is Sauron. At this point, anything is possible because we don’t even know who the Stranger is.