Ring of Power star Lloyd Owen talks about Elendil and talks about Elvish

The first few episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Introducing a whole bunch of new faces. Some – like Morvid Clark’s Galadriel or Robert Aramayo’s Elrond – will be familiar to book readers or fans of the Peter Jackson film trilogy. Others are entirely new inventions, dwarves, elves, and men made to help embody the show’s rich legends.

Then there are characters like Elendil. Lloyd Owen plays the Númenórean sea captain, who first appears in the third episode of rings of strength. If you’ve read JRR Tolkien’s books or watched Jackson’s movies, you know the basics of his story: He has a major role to play in the final battle against Sauron, and it’s his Narsil sword that falls apart, only to be reshaped. After several centuries it was taken over by his descendants Aragorn.

but when rings of strength StartedAnd the Elendil is not yet a legend – just a man. The future King of Gondor appears frequently throughout Tolkien’s work, but the author does not describe it in any depth. Here, the show cares about his body, presenting him not as a great captain but as a loyal ship captain, a widower who raises his son Isildur (Maxim Baldry) and daughter Irene (Emma Horvath). From the moment he pulled Gladrill onto his boat, he had a quiet nobility to him, with hints of sadness spreading beneath the surface.

EW recently sat down with Owen for All rings considered The podcast, here, opens up about Elendil’s voyage and sailing to the island of the Kingdom of Númenor.

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Weekly Entertainment: Episode Three introduces Númenor, and we finally meet Elendil. He’s one of those characters that is constantly mentioned in all of Tolkien’s work, but we’ve never seen him on screen in any depth. How did you want to breathe life into this legendary form?

Lloyd Owen: That’s the great perk of this job, in fact, that he’s such a special character. It is an archetype of the hero. But Tolkien wrote very little about it. There are only a few signs along the way to his death. It’s a great opportunity to unlock him as a fully 3D human, and I think JD [Payne] and patrick [McKay]Our show makers have done a great job so far preparing this guy. They added that he was recently widowed, that he was trying to raise some grieving adult children who were also suffering, and that he had recently moved to the capital, Nimenor, at the point where civil society would likely collapse. The personal and the political are completely united in it. That’s the great excitement in that, as well as the responsibility, obviously, about the hope of meeting people’s expectations and fantasies.

I love that relationship we see with his sons, Isildur and Eren. Tell me about working with Maxim Baldry and Emma Horvath to discover a family dynamic.

Well, when we got locked up together in New Zealand while we were filming, the cast and crew very quickly became your family because there was no one else around. Especially with three, we set up a little home away from home together and had Sunday brunch where we text together and talk.

In fact, this was with all of the Númenor crew because we were the newcomers. Everyone was there for about a year when we arrived. We had a small group on WhatsApp called Númenor Knights, and we’d meet up for dinner at my place on a regular basis. It was a good way to get to know each other and mutually explore the world of Númenor, between the different pieces of research we all did individually and what we found written on the page.

Elendil and Galadriel have an interesting relationship, especially given his historical love for elves and how Elvish speaks. What interests you most about this part of it?

It’s great to have Elendil and Galadriel together because for him, he grew up amongst believers, and in fact, what JD and Patrick created was that his wife was deeply immersed in this devoted world. So the history of the Galadriel, you will learn it in school when you were a young nminorn. She’s like a rock star, a world historical champion you must meet.

This is one of the elements that Elendil plays with. But at the same time, there is a bright line from Patrick about how he sees his children in her eyes, which are two different sides of his children in them. Despite all this controversy over immortality and immortality, despite the fact that she is thousands of years old, he can still see her immaturity, or even a willful disregard for how to work with people. I think this is the difference between elves and humans.

I also think that because you are mortal, it forces you to think more deeply about how you relate to people, how to approach the world you live in with this ticking clock. Since she doesn’t have it, that gives her a different look. That was great for trying to put all of that into their initial meeting together.

They start out very hostilely, but by the end of the episode, there is almost grudging respect between the two.

I think that is true. And indeed, from my perspective as Elendil, there is what I felt was a gradual drawing towards her, unrelenting. He cannot deny that. As much as he would like to be pragmatic and keep his family safe in the new Nemnor, he is drawn to her. This Elvish connection talks between them. I think even speaking in Elvish backs that up pretty quickly. It is emotional language. Probably his mother tongue. They can talk this way and deal deeply with each other.

I think it’s very Tolkien. It’s everywhere Lord of the rings The books, where you see the characters suddenly begin to understand that they have a destiny, and although they may want to go in a different direction, fate pulls them in the opposite direction. I guess he doesn’t necessarily have to consciously feel that way with her yet, but it’s definitely instinctive. is attracted to her.

Let’s talk about learning Elvish. I know you studied with experts and linguists who mainly taught you. How was the experience?

It was wonderful, actually. Two years ago, I did a Bollywood movie called hindustan thong With Aamir Khan, and I had 36 scenes to do, and all of them were in Urdu. The director wanted my English character to be so good at speaking the language that he would be more afraid of being a member of the British East India Company, as a villain, basically. I’ve had this experience of basically giving words as sounds and trying to make sense of them.

So giving me Elvish was another moment in which I realized this was a similar journey. And it’s a fun ride because you have to unpick the language in a way that you’re trying to relate to in your own language. You know where the vowels are, what are the conjunctions, what are the important words, and what is the rhythm. Obviously, Tolkien being a linguist, it’s too sweet to say Elvish. It is a pleasure to have your tongue.

It is a beautiful language. I imagine it would be fun to talk that way.

It really was. Every time a script comes up and there’s a little Elvish, my little heart jumps. My soul sings because I’m like, “Okay, good! I can have more of that.” [Laughs] There is a word “namare” that I like, which I will say later. Getting a chance as an actor to be the one to say that in Elendil’s character is very special.

There is a great sequence where Galadriel and Elendill ride on horseback to Lore Hall. What do you remember most about filming that?

That was the second shooting day. My first shooting day was in a helicopter in an unusual mountain range, for a scene in Episode 7, which was a bit shocking. I was expecting to do them in order. I don’t know why I thought that because you never shoot in order. But [horseback riding] The second scene was mine, and that was the first time we established the physical geography of Nimenor. Of course, in Episode 3, we see this wonderful ensemble built by production designers for the capital, this mix of ancient Rome, Greece, Marrakesh, Byzantium, Santorini, all of it. But riding the horses on the beach, you’ll suddenly realize, “Oh my God, we just put in the physical geography movie of Nimenor.” That was fun.

I had three and a half months of riding lessons, three days a week. So, I really got to know my horse, Trinko. Just relaxing on this beach was so special. You absolutely can’t believe your luck when you’re out there, riding a horse on the beach in New Zealand, and chasing a Galadriel – which you’ll never catch.

Preparing seemed to be a full-time job. One day she taught Elvish; The next day I was riding a horse. Never twice in the same day.

Yes, not to mention all the exciting coaching and sailing lessons we talked about. There is a lot to learn, which is great for neuroplasticity because my brain is still developing. [Laughs]

This interview has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.

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