One of the biggest (already revealed) twists in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has been the surprisingly badass Galadriel who wields a sword and jumps off boats (no, really). However, not everyone was pleased with the idea of the ethereal elf once played by Cate Blanchett running around like a pointy-eared Ellen Ripley.
Morfydd Clark plays the young Galadriel in Rings of Power and she believes that her character's action hero tendencies have a reason and will properly explain her serene demeanor in her later years.
Clark recently spoke to Variety about Galadriel being a fierce warrior in Rings of Power. According to the actress, her character had gone through a lot in the Second Age and that experience helped her become calmer.
"I would say that her serenity is hard-earned," Clark said. "I don’t think you get to that level of wisdom without going through things. She actually speaks about [how] with wisdom, there is a loss of innocence, which was a really good thing for me to find in the lore. Because, like, how young are you when you’re still thousands of years old? So it was thinking of what innocence she lost during this time."
She continued, "The elves by the Third Age have evolved to a certain degree. The elves in the First Age are really messy and screw each other over a lot, and fight and mock each other also. They are the history of Middle Earth, and so they are forever changing. It was really interesting for all of us playing canon characters to be exploring how these characters become what we know them to be."
It certainly makes sense and we're loving Clark's explanation for the whole warrior vibe. Needless to say, we can't wait to see Galadriel in action again next week.