Rings Of Power’s Sauron Actor Didn’t Know Real Role When Filming Started

This post contains spoilers for Season 1 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Actor Charlie Vickers didn’t know he was playing Sauron when filming began. The highly anticipated series based on JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings premiered on Amazon Prime Video on September 1 and recently wrapped its first season. The series recounts events that occur thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsas Sauron begins his rise to power.


During the finale, it was revealed that Halbrand, a human closely allied with Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), was actually Sauron this whole time. While Halbrand does not exist in Tolkien’s books, Sauron gradually takes over Mordor with the goal of taking over the entirety of Middle-earth. In The Lord of the RingsSauron is the main antagonist Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee must defeat by destroying the One Ring as they climb Mount Doom.

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Now, in a recent interview with Weekly entertainment, Vickers reveals he didn’t know he was playing Sauron when he auditioned for the role. The actor only found out when filming for the series resumed after an enforced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he planned on playing someone with a darker arc, after reading two devilish monologues at the end of the auditions. Check out what he had to say about it below:

“No! I had maybe six or seven auditions, and when I got to the end of the audition process, they gave me two monologues. They gave me a monologue from Richard III at the end, when he’s standing over a body and being really mean. Then the other came from Lost paradise, Milton’s poem, and it was literally Satan. So I had an idea when I was doing these speeches that the character had kind of a dark arc. [Laughs] But that’s only after our break. We filmed the first two episodes and then went on hiatus due to COVID. All this time I thought I was playing Halbrand, a human from the Southlands, which I think I was.

But then the guys sat me down right before they started filming the third episode, and they were like, “There’s more to it. You’re playing Sauron.” At that point, because of my audition gear and a few other things, I had an idea. But it was nice to have it properly confirmed.”

Halbrand being Sauron was foreshadowed throughout Season 1

Through The Lord of the Rings: power rings season 1, Halbrand was announced as Sauron. In his first appearance, his first line is “Appearances can be deceiving,” which immediately alludes to Sauron’s shapeshifting abilities. Halbrand also has a rivalry with Adar (Joseph Mawle), who leads the Orcs in the series. Adar claims he split Sauron in two and killed him. Throughout the series, the character does not recognize Halbrand and has no idea why he resents him. It was because the character was Sauron all along. There were ramblings on social media that the character of The Stranger (Daniel Weyman) would be unveiled as Sauron, as he fell from the sky. But the character was revealed to be an Istari, and the closest ally of Galadriel, the main antagonist of the Lord of the Rings.

As Halbrand travels to Mordor at the end of the series’ final episode, it’s still unclear what implications the twist will have for power rings season 2, especially for the Galadriel arc. How Sauron rises to power remains to be seen, with Galadriel, Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) having forged three rings of power. The tables have been set. Sauron will only grow more powerful over time, but the protagonist’s journey remains to be explored. However, at the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powereverything will be set in motion for the events of The Hobbit to start.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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