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Danger rises in Middle Earth in 'The Rings of Power' episode five

"Partings" sets the stage for new meetings.

A still from 'The Rings of Power' that features Halbrand and Galadriel standing across fromo one another at a table, before a stained glass window. Credit: Amazon Prime Video

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is ramping up. Episode five, "Partings," sets up a lot of the action that will likely dominate the back half of the first season, as the Númenoreans prepare to leave for Middle Earth and the Southlanders prepare to battle the Orcs.

"Partings" is a bit of a change of pace from prior episodes, taking time to explore the growing bonds between several characters. We get a few close personal moments, from Elrond and Gil-Galad's fraught discussion about the future of the Elves to Galadriel and Halbrand's various conversations about duty and purpose.

You can catch our recaps of each episode as the series goes on. Episode six will premiere on Friday, September 30.

What happens in episode five, "Partings"?

In the Southlands, the Harfoots are on the move as episode five opens. The Stranger has been helping Nori and her family keep up with the rest of the group, and as they stop for a breather on a rocky hillside, Nori tells him that he is 'good' after he reveals that he is haunted by the deaths of the fireflies. As they set off again, Poppy bursts into a sweet song that incorporates the classic Tolkien quote: "Not all those who wander are lost." The song carries the Harfoots through Middle Earth, and we last see the Stranger staring up at the moon, and reflecting on his crash.

At his crash site, three figures in pale robes emerge on a towering rock. One ventures into the crater and examines the depression left by the Stranger, before turning ominously back to their companions. Adar, meanwhile, is also in a contemplative mood. In a disturbing sequence, he stares up at the sun, seemingly unaffected, and then bids an Orc with him to expose his arm to the sun. The Orc complies, burning beneath the sun's rays. At the Elven Tower, Bronwyn and the villager discuss Adar's threat, and several villagers choose to defect, citing their ancestors' former allegiance to Sauron. Waldreg leads them out of town.

In Númenor, more travel preparations are underway, as Elendil and Isildur discuss Isildur's precarious position. Elendil refuses to allow him to join the expedition to Middle Earth, noting that Isildur has yet to find his way and serve Númenor properly. At a council meeting, Chancellor Pharazôn is also dealing with the fallout of the upcoming trip, as Númenor's citizens cry out that he put a stop to the travel. As he leaves, Eärien begs Kemen to convince Pharazôn that the trip will not be worth it.

Halbrand has been busy earning his keep, forging swords for the volunteers joining Míriel and Galadriel. He's approached by the royal guard and brought to the queen regent, who reveals that Galadriel has been telling people about Halbrand's royal bloodline. He and Galadriel fight about his role, and he informs her he won't be going with her.

Back with the Harfoots, a wolf attacks Nori, Poppy, and Melva. The Stranger appears and uses magic to save them, but injures himself in the process. Nori goes to comfort him but is wounded when his icy magic latches onto her. Later, Galadriel trains recruits for travel, and Elendil claims that the first person to harm her during her lesson will be promoted. Valandil, Isildur's friend, becomes lieutenant when he slashes her across the sleeve.

In Lindon, Durin and Elrond dine in a beautiful Elven glade with Gil-Galad. Durin informs the Elves that the table they're eating on is stolen from the Dwarves, and Gil-Galad agrees to send it home with him. After, Elrond and Gil-Galad discuss the possibility that Elrond knows the Dwarves have mithril. Gil-Galad reveals that mithril is actually a representation of the last light of the Elves, the remaining legacy of a lost Silmaril. Gil-Galad informs Elrond that the Elves are suffering, and that their immortality and magic is waning—the mithril will sustain it. He asks Elrond to betray Durin's trust, in order to save the Elves and Middle Earth. It's revealed that Celebrimbor told Gil-Galad about the mithril.

In Númenor, the evening before the launch of Míriel and Galadriel's ships, Isildur begs his newly promoted friend Valandil to allow him to travel with them. Valandil refuses, and Isildur stows away on one of the boats instead. There, he encounters Kemen, who is trying to sow discord in Numenor by lighting the ships on fire. The ship explodes, and Isildur hauls Kemen to shore and defends him to Elendil. Míriel, Elendil, the Chancellor, and Galadriel discuss the voyage in light of the ship's destruction.

Galadriel then goes to Halbrand, to implore him to join them. They discuss one another's motivations for fighting; Galadriel tells him that she cannot stop fighting and reveals that she went against her king's wishes. In the Southlands, Waldreg leads the villagers to Adar, who he greets as Sauron—Adar throws him to the ground and demands Waldreg show his loyalty by killing one of the young men from the village.

Theo and Arondir have a small bonding moment over some archery, and Theo shows him the sword marked by Sauron. Arondir pulls down ivy covering a large relief on the tower, showing Theo and the villagers that the sword in the wall is a match for Theo's sword. He and Bronwyn fight as the Orcs move through the valley toward the tower.

In the forests near Lindon, Durin and Elrond discuss the mithril, and Durin reveals that the table is actually a joke. He and Elrond discuss the fate of the Elves, and Elrond reveals that the mithril will save them. Durin and he travel together back to Khazad-Dûm. As they depart, the Númenoreans also leave—Isildur and Elendil come together on one of the Númenorean ships and set sail alongside Galadriel, Halbrand, and Míriel.

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