The stories of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit take place about a millennium after the appearance of the Balrog. By that time, mithril had acquired an almost mythical status, and there are still quite a few known items made from this wonder metal. Of course, there is Bilbo’s corset, but that’s not all.
Ring of Power Galadriel, Nenya, made of Moriah-silver. It is also used in Itildin, luminous letters were written on the secret doors of Moria. The helmets of the guards of Minas Tirith are adorned with mithril, which in The Return of the King is called “a relic of the glory of bygone days.” The printed version of the story also states that one of Aragorn’s ancient family heirlooms was called Star of Elendil placed in mithril fillet. Arwen also makes a banner for her future husband with mithril woven into it. After the War of the Ring, Gimli even returns to Minas Tirith, where he rebuilds the gates using a combination of mithril and steel. The last place where mithril can be found in The Lord of the Rings is in the Land of Shadows itself. In The Fellowship of the Ring, Gandalf explains the fate of the mithril left after the Dwarves leave Moria, saying that “of what they brought into the world, the Orcs gathered almost everything and gave it as a tribute to Sauron, who craves It.”
From gates to armor, from rings to banners, from balrogs to chests of the Dark Lord, mithril has played a pivotal role throughout Middle-earth’s history. From what we’ve seen, this will affect the story of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for both better and worse.
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