Power Rings Mithril Are More Important To Middle-earth Than You Probably Think
The stories “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” take place about a millennium after the emergence of the Balrog. At this time, mithril achieved almost mythical status, and there are still many famous items made from this miracle metal. Sure, there’s Bilbo’s bodice, but there’s more.
Galadriel’s Ring of Power, Nenya, is in Moria silver. It is also used in Ithildine, the luminous letters used to write on the secret doors of Moria. Minas Tirith guards have mithril embedded in their helmets, which are referred to as “heirlooms of former glory” in the book “The Return of the King”. In the printed version of the story, it is also said that one of Aragorn’s old heirlooms called the star of Elendil is set in a net of mithril. Arwen also makes a banner for her future husband with mithril woven into the image. After the War of the Ring, Gimli even returns to Minas Tirith, where he rebuilds the gates using a combination of mithril and steel. The last place Mithril can be found in “The Lord of the Rings” is in the Land of Shadow itself. In “The Fellowship of the Ring”, Gandalf explains the fate of the mithril left behind when the Dwarves leave Moria, saying that “From what they have unearthed the Orcs have collected almost all, and have it given in homage to Sauron, who covets this.”
From gates to armor, from rings to banners, from Balrogs to Dark Lord’s chests, mithril plays a vital role throughout the history of Middle-earth. From what we’ve seen, this is going to impact the story of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” both for better and for worse.