The Rings Of Power’s Galadriel Is The Kind Of Flawed Female Hero More Fantasy Needs

It’s important to remember that “The Rings of Power” is a story of seduction, of corruption and even ruin. It’s an answer to the redemption that plays out in “The Lord of the Rings,” and it’s meant to show exactly how things got so bad as they eventually do. That means its characters must be flawed, blinded by their vices — how else could Sauron have risen on their watch? That also makes characters like Galadriel inherently necessary, so there’s no use in chafing against her refreshing, nuanced characterization. Especially when there are other, equally foolish characters running around and making a mess of Middle-earth too.

That said — and I hate to console those who actively seek to “humble” women like Galadriel — but she won’t be this arrogant forever. According to Clark herself, humility will play a big part in Galadriel’s arc. After all, there are but few ways for the character to transition into the mellow, only occasionally volatile lady elf of “Lord of the Rings.” But that’s another great part about the character as she stands in the prequel: watching her mature, discover her limits and learn to choose her battles wisely is going to be a major treat moving forward. It’s the kind of storytelling we desperately need more of, especially in sci-fi and fantasy.

If all goes to plan, “The Rings of Power” will have five seasons to let Galadriel’s story play out, so let’s just sit back and enjoy the ride.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” streams Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.


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