Many THE RINGS OF POWER enthusiasts are certain Hilbrand could be Sauron lurking in plain sight and have been busy speculating about his identity.
After being saved at sea, Halbrand (played by Charlie Vickers) and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) arrived in Nmenor in the third installment of The Rings of Power. As soon as she heard that the orcs had destroyed settlements in the Southlands, Galadriel was impatient to leave and get there. Halbrand, however, was content to remain put for a few days. Fans now believe Halbrand wants to keep the Elf out of the Southlands for a purpose.
Who is Halbrand in The Rings of Power?
It was revealed that Hilbrand’s forefathers fought alongside Morgoth in the Southlands in episode three, Adar.
Later, Galadriel discovers him to be the long-lost ruler of the Southlands.
Halbrand is hesitant to assume his role as King, despite the great need of his people to unite under his rule.
Halbrand declares that he is ashamed of his ancestors’ attachment to Morgoth.
Galadriel contends that they may cooperate to unite the Middle Earthan lands.
Is Halbrand hiding in plain sight as Sauron?
Even though Halbrand has officially come out as a King of the Southlands, the audience is not entirely convinced.
Many fans think that a significant hint in episode two proves that Sauron, the evil Galadriel is chasing, is actually Halbrand.
One of the survivors remarks that Galadriel does not appear to be a threat when she is discovered by Halbrand and his friends on a raft.
Looks can be deceiving, Halbrand replies, raising the possibility that he is speaking to himself.
On Twitter, @Robinjgane predicted: “RING OF POWER EP 2 SPOILERS!!! The Halbrand-Sauron theory has some supporting evidence, some of which I haven’t seen discussed.
“From this video, it appears that he has magic, as seen by the manner in which Galadriel appears to faint as he slides his hand across her face???? Lord of the Rings, #RingsOfPower
Posted by @AnCaldazar: “#RingsOfPowerSpoilers Halbrand is far too cunning and intelligent to be a typical person. I believe there is still a chance that the Sauron idea will come to pass.
“I actually really like the idea that Halbrand is Sauron. Doesn’t make much sense, but gosh, would I love to learn if several people had a crush on the dark lord, said @schmittTheory.
“I actually prefer the ‘Halbrand is Sauron’ theory, since I believe it would be so much cooler than what is far more plausible,” @Veta838 said in a tweet (he is a king of men hiding from his destiny). #RingsOfPower.”
Who plays Halbrand in The Rings of Power?
Charlie Vickers, a British actor who attended The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London, plays Halbrand.
Prior to this, he made appearances in the TV shows Medici in 2016 and Palm Beach in 2019.
Charlie is currently scheduled to play Andrew in Death in Shoreditch and Clem Hart in The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart.