Rings of Power Episode 4: How does Sauron’s sword work?

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 4 brought with it a new set of questions that viewers will want answered. Below is exactly how Sauron’s sword works and what it means for the series and its characters. Even in the hands of young Theo, it seems a dangerous weapon. So what can we expect from the deadly instrument moving forward?

What makes Sauron’s sword active?

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It seems that the handle stolen by Theo is still very usable. Maybe it’s not broken at all, as the viewers initially suspected. After being attacked by an orc, Theo brandished the weapon and inserted the rear-facing blade into his own arm. This gave the sword its full form, born of mystical flames, which it used to slash the attacking orc’s arm before attempting to escape. Once he fled, it seemed as if the sword disappeared, leaving only the hilt. Whether this had anything to do with the water Theo jumped into remains to be seen. It’s likely that more blood is needed to keep the sword going instead.

Viewers got a glimpse of how the sword worked in a previous episode when Theo and his mother, Bronwyn, were attacked by another orc. A drop of Theo’s blood fell on the hilt, turning it to smoke and allowing the sword to take shape. Now that it’s clear that his blood can ignite the sword’s full power, it’s unlikely the boy will be willing to give it up or even share his secrets with his mother or other southerners. He may even feel like he was chosen to protect those he loves from the looming threat.

What does the sword mean for the future of The Rings of Power?

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As is the case with most aspects of The Rings of Power, the sword has been shrouded in complete secrecy. However, there were some hints as to what this could mean for the series. Speaking to Inverse, the actor who plays Theo, Tyroe Muhafidin, said it “maybe pushes the plot a little bit.” Could it be similar to the One Ring we saw in the Lord of the Rings trilogy in that it could corrupt the mind of the person holding and using it? That certainly seemed to be the case as the elderly gentleman who confronted Theo this week about stealing the hilt hinted at being loyal to Sauron on his inevitable return.

The sword itself is very similar to the weapons used by the nine Nazgûl warriors, also known as the Ringwraiths in The Lord of the Rings. We know they were the original human kings who were given the nine rings of power for men, so Theo probably won’t become one of them when all is said and done, unless he’s destined to suddenly become one to ascend the throne. However, that doesn’t mean he won’t fall under the Dark Lord’s influence. His future in the series will surely be one of the most interesting.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power continues on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.

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Emma Bowman

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