The Rings of Power: Who is Meteor Man?

The first four episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power have a pretty big secret that could have major implications for the entire series. The first episode ends with a giant meteor sailing across Middle-earth, landing not far from where the Harfoots made camp. Out of curiosity, Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh) and her friend Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards) travel to the spot where the meteor struck, where they are greeted with a strange sight: at the center of the broken, flaming meteor is a very large one Man played by Daniel Weyman.

As the girls study in the second episode, he doesn’t seem to speak the same language as them, has trouble understanding what’s going on, and isn’t quite sure where he’s from. In a way he seems silly and funny, but at times he can be imposing and quite scary. He also has magical powers, and it doesn’t seem like they’re only used for good. The show implies that something he does results in Nori’s father Largo (Dylan Smith) badly breaking his ankle. And towards the end of the second episode, the mysterious man uses fireflies to recreate the constellations of where he’s from. For a moment, it’s a magical, enchanting sight. But when he’s done, all the fireflies die. In episode three, Nori and her family welcome the mystery man into their lives as he can help them keep up with the Harfoot caravan. But in episode four there’s a hint that he’s not really good yet.

Amazon has yet to release the name of this character, only referring to him as the Stranger. There is only one place in JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings books and related writings where something similar happens: a poem entitled “The Man in the Moon Came Down Too Soon”. But it doesn’t provide that much information about the identity of this new character. Who is Meteor Man and what impact will he have on the rest of the story? Let’s come up with a few theories beforehand.

The meteor man is Sauron

That the Meteorman is Sauron is the theory that probably makes the most sense. Sauron is not only the main antagonist of the Lord of the Rings books and films; He will also be the main villain in The Rings of Power. In the series so far his name has appeared many times as Galadriel is intent on finding and killing Sauron. Amazon hasn’t announced an actor to play Sauron yet. Sauron also has a history of shapeshifting, so theoretically multiple actors on the show could portray him. Could Sauron want Nori and Poppy to take him to Mordor?

Episode four also helps reinforce this theory, although the episode doesn’t show the Harfoots or the stranger at all. But when an old man confronts Theo about Sauron’s sword, he reminds Theo of the meteor and that it is a sign of Sauron’s return. Maybe he means literally.

There’s no substantial evidence against this theory, but it could all be a red herring.

Meteor Man is a magician

Fans of the original films know that the wizard Gandalf the Gray (later Gandalf the White) was instrumental in defeating Sauron and destroying Frodo’s ring. And visually there are many similarities between Gandalf and the tiny hobbits and the stranger and little Harfoot. Some viewers believe the Stranger could even be Gandalf himself.

But if the stranger is a wizard, that would be a huge shift in the lore of The Lord of the Rings. Wizards did not come to Middle-earth until the Third Age. The Rings of Power is set in the Second Age. The show definitely seems to play fast and loose with lore, but that would be a gigantic change to introduce the wizards so early.

For now, viewers will have to wait and see what the answer to this mystery is.

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