The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 2 “Adrift” Recap

A cliffhanger concludes LOTR: The Rings of Power’s second episode. When a strong storm struck, Galadriel and Halbrand were sailing their flimsy wreck of a boat through the Sundering Seas. Prior to being rescued by her human friend who plunged in after her, Galadriel was knocked overboard. The husband and wife Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur) and Disa (Sophia Nomvete), who have the warm, endearing chemistry of the sweetest of long-married couples, are introduced to us in the second episode of Rings of Power. The other major subplot at the time involves the humans in the Southlands along with some elves keeping an eye on them. provides a comprehensive recap on this page.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 2 Recap

The Harfoots, the Southlanders, Galadriel in the water, and Elrond reconciling with Durin are the four intertwined stories that the second episode of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power covers. Beginning exactly where Episode 1 left off, Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is seen swimming alone in the ocean toward what we assume to be land. Fortunately, she discovers a raft in the wreckage that has some human survivors. They disagree, but ultimately decide to let Galadriel board. But as soon as they understand she is an elf, they accuse her of harming them, and one of them shoves her away. The beast that sank the humans’ ship destroys the raft as a result, leaving just Galadriel and one hostile guy called Halbrand on it. This ultimately saves her, though (Charlie Vickers). The man reveals that they were escaping Orcs as the two of them converse while floating on what’s left of the raft. Galadriel drops off when a storm suddenly breaks out. Halbrand suddenly changes character and leaps off the boat to save her as she is about to drown.

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In the realm of the Harfoots, Nori (Markella Kavenagh) visits the impact crater to look into it and discovers The Stranger (Daniel Weyman) lying unconscious in the middle. Poppy (Megan Richards) unwillingly follows her. In a stroke of terrible luck, The Stranger wakes up and grabs Nori after she falls into the hole. Before The Stranger falls unconscious once more, they share a few tense seconds of eye contact as the dirt starts to float around them. Poppy tries to get Nori to leave him alone but she becomes motivated to help this creature and the two of them take him to a remote location where he may find shelter for the night. Nori subsequently checks on him, but he has apparently left, or so she believes, as she soon comes upon him, now fully awake. Together, they eat snails, but because The Stranger doesn’t speak their language, they are unable to communicate. Largo (Dylan Smith), Nori’s father, assists his fellow Harfoots in erecting a tentpole while Nori converses with him, injuring his ankle in the meantime.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 2 "Adrift" Recap

Poppy, Nori, and The Stranger are back together after dusk. He removes the fireflies from the girls’ lanterns and arranges them to resemble the constellation of stars he is seeking. In order to learn more about the constellation, Nori intends to take a book from Sadoc (Lenny Henry), the leader of the Harfoots. As the fireflies start to die, the initially idyllic scene quickly turns terrifying, and The Stranger collapses from exhaustion. Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) and Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) explore more of the ruined town in the Southlands. It’s a strange location, and soon we understand why: There isn’t a single person there, alive or dead. They do discover a pit inside one of the houses, which leads to a tunnel dug by some kind of creature. Arondir sends Bronwyn away to alert her people as he enters the situation. Despite Theo’s (Tyroe Muhafidin) objections, Bronwyn leaves the house and starts packing. However, when she comes to warn the others, they don’t take her warnings seriously. Theo talks about rats under the floorboards the entire time, but when he peeks, he spots a yellow eye. As he crawls along the hole, Bronwyn’s star-crossed boyfriend hears sounds behind him. He steps outside only to have clawed hands pull him back inside.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 2 "Adrift" Recap

When Bronwyn comes to her cottage, she does not know what happened to Arondir. She finds her home in disarray and discovers a hole in the floor that resembles the one in the destroyed hamlet. Fortunately, Theo has been able to locate a hiding place, and despite his insistence that she go, she too finds a hiding place just in time for an Orc to show up. They struggle when the orc discovers them, and Bronwyn eventually beheads it. She drags it to the pub where the majority of people are gathering and, in a moment of epic proportion, throws the head down on the table while admonishing everyone to visit the elves’ deserted Watchtower in the morning if they wish to live. It has strong persuasion.

Fans of the legendarium will find Celebrimbor’s workshop, where Elrond is, to be a true jewel because of its artifacts, which include Feanor’s hammer (the one used to create the Silmarils). Celebrimbor explains his plans to construct a tower by spring that will include a potent furnace for smithing. He needs a force much more strong than the elves to accomplish it. Elrond and Celebrimbor travel to Khazad-dum, the land of the dwarves, to obtain this labor force. Elrond initially encounters resistance when attempting to enter the kingdom of the Dwarves, despite claiming to be great pals with Durin IV (the son of the Dwarven monarch). He has a plan though, using the Sign-tarâg ritual to force them to let him inside Moria, which is a lovely and breathtaking city, as opposed to the dismal place it will eventually become.

Once within, he and Durin (Owain Arthur) compete by using axes to split stones that are getting bigger and bigger. During leads Elrond to the door when he decides to give up. Elrond has only been absent for 20 years—a brief period for an elf—but he has missed Durin’s marriage and the birth of his two children, which is why he is so furious, he says. Ultimately, Elrond is successful in persuading Durin to let him meet his wife Disa (Sophia Nomvete), and she succeeds in persuading Durin to let him remain for dinner. Durin is finally ready to consider Elrond’s suggestion after hearing a heartwarming account of how he and Disa first met. Observing their friendship revive raises the possibility that it will be as epic as the “bromance” in the trilogy between Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Gimli (John Rhys-Davies).

A number of events occur simultaneously as Episode 2 comes to a close, setting up events for Episode 3. The shadow of an approaching ship engulfs Galadriel and Halbrand’s raft.
We notice Halbrand’s insignia on the arms of Theo’s father’s coat as the Southlanders depart. Theo reaches for the hilt from the last episode, but as soon as blood touches it, a sinister, dark sword emerges. The episode finishes with Durin discussing Elrond’s plans with his father, King During III (Peter Mullan), despite the king’s mistrust of the elf due to their 50-year acquaintance. The two Durin’s marvel at the contents of the chest as the king opens it, revealing something that will be disclosed in later episodes.

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