Amazon’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power delves deeper into Tolkien’s fictional world of elves, dwarves, and mankind.
The show starts off with a glimpse of the First Age, continuing onto much of the timeline unfolding in the Second Age, where an evil has threatened Middle-Earth again.
With only six episodes to go on, the character arcs have not yet shown much promise.
No doubt many are confused about the agelessness of some of the titular characters, which bring questions to mind: How much time has passed? Aren’t elves supposed to be taller? How old are they?
Worry not dear readers, the thirst for knowledge shall not go unanswered.
Morfydd Clark as Galadriel of the Noldor
|Birthday||1362 Years of Trees||March 17, 1989|
|Height||6′ 4″||5′ 7”|
Born in Sweden, the 33-year-old Welsh actress Morfydd Clark portrays Galadriel in the Rings of Power series.
She is the protagonist of the show and one of the most important characters in Tolkien’s lore.
While Galadriel’s height is not mentioned in the Rings of Power series, Tolkien’s canonical works shed light on this particular detail.
Galadriel is known as the tallest Elf woman, standing at a staggering 6 feet 4 inches tall.
Morfydd Clark, with 5 feet 7 inches in height, however, does not appear to fit the part as she stands shorter than many in the show.
It is unlikely that Galadriel will become taller as she is already an adult female Elf, well beyond her years. In the Rings of Power series, Galadriel is around 3,000 years of age.
She witnessed the death of the Two Trees of Valinor in the First age, which ended with the defeat of the Dark Lord Morgoth.
Galadriel’s beloved brother Finrod searches for Morgoth’s servant, the infamous villain, Sauron.
Finrod dies in the search, and Galadriel, devastated by his death, vows to avenge him in the beginning of the Second Age. The first episode shows Galadriel’s search for Sauron spanning for centuries during the early Second Age.
Clark seems an ideal fit as she is young and very beautiful, which is how Tolkien’s canon describes Galadriel.
Markella Kavenagh as Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot
|Nori Brandyfoot||Markella Kavenagh|
|Height||Around 4 ft||5′ 3”|
Markella Kavenagh plays the role of Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot, a Harfoot Hobbit. Nori’s height is not specified in the Rings of Power series, and she is not part of Tolkien’s canon, so little is known about her.
Nori is an original character introduced by Amazon to the Rings of Power series. Tolkien’s canon mentions Hobbits to be around 4 feet tall, so Nori is assumed to be a little over 4 feet in height.
Actress Markella Kavenagh portrays Nori quite well, exhibiting the curious nature seen in few hobbits of the Third Age like Bilbo Baggins.
Kavenagh is 5 feet 3 inches tall which is appropriate when compared to Nori around the Stranger (Daniel Weyman).
According to Tolkien Gateway, Harfoot hobbits have an average lifespan of 96 years and become adults at 33. Nori is not shown as an adult in the series yet, so she is probably in her early twenties.
This works very well as Kavenagh is also in her early twenties and will tie in perfectly as the series progresses.
It is clear from the Rings of Power series that Nori will continue to play an important role because she is the one who finds the mysterious stranger who falls with a meteorite.
Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir
|Arondir||Ismael Cruz Córdova|
|Birthday||N/A||April 7, 1987|
|Height||Around 6 ft||6 ft|
The American 37-year-old actor Ismael Cruz Córdova plays the role of Arondir, a Silvan Elf. He is also an original character created solely for the purposes of the series.
Although Arondir’s age is unknown, some details can be gleaned from the six episodes released so far.
When Arondir first appears in Tirharad, a non-canonical village in the Southlands, he is said to have protected the village for 79 years.
Later in the series, when Arondir gives Theo archery lessons, he says “It took me over 200 years to develop the bravery that’s keeping me standing here tonight.” Additionally, the series revealed early on that Arondir was a grower before the war.
With that said, Arondir can be assumed to be a little over a thousand years old.
No doubt there is more to learn about Arondir as the series moves forward. He is a titular character with an exciting storyline, showing exceptional promise.
Robert Aramayo as Elrond
|Age||1500 to 1600||29|
|Birthday||First Age (FA) 532||November 6, 1992|
|Height||Around 6 ft||6’ 1”|
Another important figure in the Tolkien lore, Elrond is notorious for his appearances in the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Trilogies, played by actor Hugo Weaving.
The Rings of Power producers, however, chose 29-year-old British actor Robert Aramayo to play Elrond instead.
Elrond is one of the most powerful Elves in the Tolkien lore. He is younger than Galadriel by approximately 600 years so he is around 1500 years old in the Rings of Power series.
It is worth noting that the Rings of Power series time-lapse is significantly consolidated; what happens over a millennium unfolds within a century or two.
As for Elrond’s height, it isn’t explicitly stated in the canon, however, Legolas and Elrond were of similar height. Legolas is 6 feet tall, and Elrond is said to be slightly taller than him. Thus, 6 feet tall Aramayo is perfect for the role.
Charlie Vickers as Halbrand
|Birthday||Unknown||February 10, 1992|
|Height||Around 6 ft||5’ 11”|
Yet another original character, the mysterious man, Halbrand, is played by Charlie Vickers.
Born in London, Vickers gains more fame by playing a vital role in protecting Middle-Earth from the notorious Dark Lord, Sauron.
There isn’t much to learn about Halbrand except that he has a murky past, which he is keen to keep confidential.
However, Galadriel finds the image of his badge in the Halls of Lore, assuming Halbrand is the lost King of the Southlands.
As a human, Halbrand may not enjoy the extended lifespan that many of the other cast members do, so it is likely that he is in his thirties. Similar to 30-year-old Vickers, which fits him for the role perfectly.
As for his height, Halbrand stands next to Galadriel on many an occasion in the Rings of Power series and appears slightly taller than her.
According to Tolkien, Galadriel is much taller than many men, thus it is likely that Halbrand is a few inches shorter than Galadriel in the canon.
For the sake of the series, Halbrand’s height can be assumed to be around 6 feet.
Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn
|Birthday||Unknown||May 22, 1980|
|Height||Around 5′ 5″||5’ 4”|
There is no shortage of non-canonical characters in Rings of Power. Bronwyn is another original character that appears in the series, played by actress Nazanin Boniadi.
Born in Iran, the British actress has displayed outstanding skills playing the role of a single mother and healer of Tirharad, a village in the Southlands.
Seeing as Bronwyn belongs to the race of Man, she would be in her early thirties.
Bronwyn’s height is not specified, seeing as she is not part of Tolkien’s books, it’s safe to assume from the steamy up-close appearances she shares with Arondir, that her height is about 5 feet 5 inches, half a foot shorter than him.
Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo
|Height||Around 5′ 6″||5’ 8.5”|
Yet another of Amazon’s creations, Theo, son of Bronwyn, appears to have an interesting storyline. A young Australian actor Tyroe Muhafidin portrays Theo in the Rings of Power series.
Not much is known about Theo except that he is Bronwyn’s son and finds a mysterious sword hilt with a darkness that has a hold over him.
His age is not specified, but he is clearly not an adult, but a young teen.
His height is also unknown, however, Theo is seen around Bronwyn frequently and appears to be almost the same height.
This would mean Theo is around 5 feet 6 inches, which is only two inches shy of Muhafidin’s actual height.
Benjamin Walker as Gil-Galad
|Birthday||1481 Year of the Trees||June 21, 1982|
|Height||Approx. 6’ 10”||6’ 3”|
The High King Gil-Galad of the Noldorin Elves in Middle-Earth is another significant character of the Tolkien canon.
Played by Benjamin Walker, a 40-year-old American actor, Gil-Galad comes to life in the Rings of Power series.
Younger than Galadriel, Gil-Galad is about 2,500 years old in the Rings of Power series. Tolkien’s canon clearly states that Gil-Galad was 4213 years old when he was killed by Sauron in the Second Age.
As for his height, Gil-Galad is described as taller than Galadriel, who is 6’ 4”, so Gil-Galad would have more than 5 inches on her.
Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Míriel
|Queen Regent Míriel||Cynthia Addai-Robinson|
|Age||100 years old||37|
|Birthday||SA 3117||January 12, 1985|
|Height||5’ 6.25”||5’ 6.25”|
London-born Cynthia Addai-Robinson portrays a major character of the Rings of Power series: Queen Regent of Númenor.
Since the bulk of the Rings of Power series is set during the Second Age, Míriel is most likely around 100 years of age in the series.
Like most Númenoreans she has the gift of a longer lifespan than the average human.
The canonical works mention that she dies at the age of 202 in SA 3319. Thus, her appearance is a middle-aged woman, making the 37-year-old Addai-Robinson ideal for the role.
Her height is not specifically mentioned, but the series shows Míriel standing next to Halbrand, Galadriel, and Pharazôn on multiple occasions, one such when she shows the Palantír to Galadriel in Episode 4: The Great Wave.
She stands at the same height as actress Clark who plays Galadriel, thus Míriel would seem to be around 5 feet 6 inches.
Tolkien may have had different aspirations for Míriel, there is much to be seen of the Queen Regent.
Owain Arthur as Durin IV
|Durin IV||Owain Arthur|
|Age||Around 50 – 60||39|
|Birthday||SA 3117||March 5, 1983|
|Height||Approx. 5 ft||5’ 8”|
Tolkien’s legendarium talks of dwarves being a mighty race. Owain Arthur, the Welsh actor portrays the Prince Durin IV of Khazad-dûm, is apparently close friends with Elrond.
Not much information is available about the dwarves, but one thing is certain, dwarves were taller than hobbits.
Durin’s height is not clearly specified, but Elrond visits their city and the contrast can provide some detail.
Durin appears to be a foot shorter than Elrond, so it’s safe to say Durin is just under 5 feet tall.
In Tolkien’s universe, the Durin Kings are believed to be reincarnations of Durin I, thus similar in height and appearance.
In Episode 2: Adrift, when Elrond visits Prince Durin IV, he is angry at the elf for not keeping in touch for 20 years during which he married and had two children.
It can be assumed that dwarves age at a faster pace than elves, so Durin IV is believed to be around 50 to 60 years old in the series.
Sophia Nomvete as Princess Disa
|Princess Disa||Sophia Nomvete|
|Birthday||Unknown||June 24, 1990|
|Height||Approx. 5 ft||5’ 6”|
Princess Disa is also an original character, made for the purposes of the Rings of Power series.
She is portrayed by a British actress, Sophia Nomvete, as the Princess of Khazad-dûm, wife of Prince Durin IV.
Like Durin IV, Disa is also a dwarf and likely to be below 5 feet in height, as opposed to Nomvete’s actual height of 5 feet 6 inches.
Her age is also unknown but is believed to be slightly younger than Durin IV, so she would be about 50 years old in the series.
Lloyd Owen as Elendil
|Birthday||SA 3119||April 14, 1966|
|Height||7′ 1″||6’ 1”|
Like the rest of the Númenoreans, Elendil has a prolonged lifespan as a gift from the Elves for being loyal and standing with them against the Dark Lord, Morgoth, in the First Age.
Thus, Elendil is about 130 years old in the series, seeing as he was born in SA 3119.
Elendil’s moniker ‘Elendil the Tall’ was granted to him as he was known as the tallest man in Middle-Earth.
Standing at a staggering 7 feet 1 inch, British actor Lloyd Owen’s 6 feet height is a sufficient presentation.
Trystan Gravelle as Pharazôn
|Birthday||SA 3118||May 4, 1981|
|Height||6 ft||6’ 1”|
Pharazôn has a different story, and it’s plausible to see his canonical character arc play out in the Rings of Power series.
Tolkien’s canon sheds light on Pharazôn’s future as King of Númenor, so his character may see some twists as the series continues.
41-year-old Welsh actor Trystan Gravelle portrays Pharazôn as the Chancellor of Númenor quite accurately. His height fits that of Pharazôn’s as well as his age.
Like the majority of the Númenoreans, Pharazôn enjoys a prolonged lifespan and is around 130 years old as his birth was in SA 3118.
He is merely a year older than the esteemed sea captain, Elendil (Lloyd Owen).
Maxim Baldry as Isildur
|Birthday||SA 3209||January 5, 1996.|
|Height||7 ft||5’ 10.75”|
Isildur is yet another iconic character of Tolkien’s lore. He was the only man to have successfully removed the One Ring from Sauron’s finger using the shards of Narsil, as seen in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
In the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Isildur was played by Harry Sinclair, however, Amazon chose to cast a younger actor to portray Isildur according to his age in the Rings of Power series.
26-year-old British actor Maxim Baldry took up the role of the legendary Isildur. Baldry stands just under 5’ 11” in height, while Isildur is said to be about 7 ft tall.
He is also quite young in the series so far, training to be a cadet in Númenor.
His father Elendil was 90 years old when Isildur was born in SA 3209, thus Isildur is about 30 years old in the series.
Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor
|Birthday||Year of the Trees||October 1, 1969|
|Height||Above 6 ft||5’ 11”|
Celebrimbor is a highly significant character in Tolkien’s legendarium. He is an immortal Elf and was born in the First Age, the Year of Trees.
From the canon, it can be assumed that Celebrimbor was over 2200 years old.
The Rings of Power series is a condensed timeline of the Second Age, so depending on that, it’s safe to assume that Celebrimbor is around 2000 years old in the show.
In the canonical works, he died before Isildur, Elendil, and other Númenoreans were born, hence, the age of the heroic Elf is difficult to assume.
Elves were known to be tall, above 6 feet in height. While Celebrimbor’s height isn’t specified, he is presumed to be over 6 feet tall.
Daniel Weyman as The Stranger
|The Stranger||Daniel Weyman|
|Birthday||Unknown||October 13, 1977|
|Height||Around 6 ft||6 ft|
A mysterious humanoid being fell from the sky with a falling meteorite near the Harfoot settlement in Episode 1: A Shadow of the Past. Nori was the first to find him and provide some food and shelter.
He seems to have a clear connection to magic but is unable to talk, however, he is quite protective of Nori which is understandable because she protected him earlier on. He appears to be of average human height, 6 feet tall.
Daniel Weyman, a British actor, plays the bearded Stranger in the series, so, dear audience, hold on tight because there is much to be revealed in the upcoming episodes.
Last but not the least, the one you’ve all been waiting for: Sauron. Sorry to disappoint, but there is no glimpse of Sauron in the Rings of Power series as of now.
It is worth noting that Tolkien does not describe Sauron’s true physical form. He is a Shape-Shifter, so his true form is unknown. He is merely a fearful influence.
The humanoid shape Sauron assumes at times in the canon has been 9 feet tall and terrible to behold. So far, Amazon has not revealed who will play Sauron in the Rings of Power series.
Sauron was born in a place where Time did not exist, but he lived through all Ages; First, Second and Third. Thus, it is presumed that he is around 10,000 years old.