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Many times the name of Númenor has been spoken in reference within the works and the adaptions of the great professor’s work. In the third age, the men of Númenor were held up as the pinnacle of what men could be.
Then the Silmarillion happened and we all find out that while that might have been true enough to begin with, boy did they do a face plant at the end. Like the men of Atlantis, who they are very clearly based on, their greatness was their undoing. For it made them over proud, and they sought to challenge the Valar, so that they might break the curse of men and live forever.
As the Silmarillion was for the literature of Tolkien, so the Rings of Power is for the on-screen adaptions. While the greatness of Númenor blood was never as prolific on screen as it was on the page, it’s also notable that they often avoided the subtler criticism of it, that Tolkien added through his appendices.
Not so anymore. While Númenor has not quite yet reached challenge the gods stupidity, it’s clear they’re on their way there. They’re small, petty, and have an over inflated sense of their own importance to the world. And yet there is nobility there, something of the great people they used to be. It’s nuanced, it’s layered, it’s a heck of a lot of fun.
This is going to sound terrible even in context, but I can’t wait to see them get themselves sunk.
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