LOTR: Episode 3 Recap of the Ring of Power

The first two episodes of Ring of Power gave us a lot of screen time with the Harfoots and the mysterious Stranger. In the third episode, we got to see a lot more of the Harfoot lifestyle. From festivals to memories of those left behind, Harfoot culture is a clever look at what proto-hobbit history might have looked like.

However, the real drama comes when the Stranger stumbles upon the camp and literally crashes the party. After pulling the cat out of the bag, Nori confesses that she was harboring a man who was wrecked on the ground, can barely speak, and wields insane magic. Still, she feels there is something good about the Stranger—and by the end of the episode, her trust is rewarded.

When the Harfoots begin their migration, Nori and the rest of the Brandyfoots are at the end of the line. Papa Largo has a broken ankle and the family can’t keep up. Everything looks bleak until, lo and behold, a mysterious man appears to help them pull the cart. Although it is not known how this fascinating story will end, there is no doubt that the Stranger and Nori get along very well.

Also, before we leave the Harfoots, we need to thank Poppy Proudfellow. During the reading of the deceased, it turns out that young Harfoot has lost all her close relatives. And yet, even in her orphan state, we see her return to help the Brandyfoots, who have almost abandoned the caravan. This quiet character is quickly starting to take on nothing more than the role of Sam Gamgee, a supporting role of sorts – and we wholeheartedly approve.

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