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Since the very first time they shared the screen, the friendship between Elrond (Robert Amayo) and Durin IV (Owain Arthur) has been a highlight of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. It’s not just their chemistry and deep connection, but also the rare joy of seeing an Elf and Dwarf as comrades rather than enemies, as they have often been in Tolkien lore. In Episode 4 we saw that friendship became solidified as Durin shared his deepest secret with Elrond: the existence of Mithril. But just one episode later that priceless ore could be at the core of a massive betrayal. Except, as The Rings of Power shows us, the bond between Durin and Elrond is stronger than any potential conflict, and it leads to a huge moment that answers an even bigger question that has long lingered in the minds of The Lord of the Rings fans .
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The Real Reason That Elrond Went to Khazad-dûm Revealed
While we know that Elrond does truly value his friendship with Durin, he hasn’t been honest about why he first returned to Khazad-dûm. It wasn’t simply to seek out his best friend, but to try and forge a union between the Elves and Dwarves to help Celebrimbor forge his next great creation. In his defense, Elrond has tried to convey this to Durin. But what nobody knew was that Elrond was manipulated by Celebrimbor and High King Gil-Galad. Both elves already knew about Mithril and wanted to confirm that the dwarves were able to mine it. It’s a massive revelation that shows the power and cynical smarts of the elder elves and the naivete and arrogance of Elrond. But he once again shows his personal growth and dedication to his relationship with Durin by telling him the truth instantly.
Thanks to their friendship and Durin’s deep generosity, we now know how the elves had access to mithril despite the substance only being found within Khazad-dûm.
What Do the Elves Want With Mithril?
Although we know that the Elves have processed Mithril and used it to create numerous things, Celebrimbor reveals to Elrond there’s a more drastic reason they need it. After Celebrimbor reveals that he was already aware of the ore, Elrond asks him if it could be the Elves’ salvation. “If we can secure vast quantities of it quickly enough to saturate every last elf in the light of the valor once more, then yes it very well could be,” the famed smith answers.
It is left to Elrond to break his oath and ask Durin for his help. Laying out the importance of the ore and how it could save the Elves, Elrond begs his friend for assistance. And Durin, pleased at the opportunity to hold the fate of every Elf in his hands, agrees. This is a huge moment, not just as we know that Celebrimbor will eventually use Mithril to forge one of the Rings of Power, but also as this fills a big gap in some classic Lord of the Rings lore.
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The Decades Old The Lord of the Rings Question Finally Answered
One of the biggest questions about the relationship between the elves and dwarves in The Lord of the Rings is just how the elves came into possession of mithril. Although in the books there has been mention of “trade” with dwarves, it’s always been unclear how the deal was struck. It’s a vital part of Tolkien lore, as mithril is incredibly rare and only found in a few locations, one of which is of course the Mines of Moria. This episode answers that question and lays the groundwork for expanding on the relationship between the elves and dwarves.
The reason that the Elves were able to process Mithril and create jewelry, armor, and artifacts comes down to one thing: Elrond and Durin’s decades old friendship. Not only is that the reason that Elrond was able to enter the mines and confirm that the Dwarves were mining the mithril thread in the first place, but more than that it created the bridge between the two communities. If Elrond hadn’t been honest with Durin and told him what the Elves wanted, they would never have been able to access the mithril. And if Durin hadn’t loved Elrond so much he would never have considered allowing the elves to share in their treasure. The big question now is how Durin will convince his father to let the elves access the mithril.
We’ll have to keep watching The Rings of Power to find out. But with only a few episodes of the epic first season left to go, we think we’ll probably get our answer sooner rather than later.