Rings Of Power Explains Why Elves Leave Middle-earth In The FOURTH Age

The Elves are an eternal presence in the lands of Middle-earth. However, Rings of Power explains why the Elves will abandon it in the Fourth Age.


The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power provides an explanation of the migration of the Elves from Middle-earth in the Fourth Age. In Tolkien’s original lore, the Elves were invited by the Valar to leave Middle-earth and seek the Blessed Realm of Valinor. Weary from centuries of struggle against evil and fearing inevitable demise, the Elves left the lands of Middle-earth for the future of Men and Dwarves after the One Ring was destroyed.

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The rings of power The end of Season 1 helps explain an important cause of the Elven exodus. The making of the three elven rings, imbued with the power of Mithril, halted the blight that afflicted the Tree of Valinor and the inevitable decline of Elvenkind. However, the destruction of the One Ring in the Third Age would remove this magical protection, as the elven rings would no longer retain their power. With this saving grace destroyed and the tree once again afflicted, the Elves would be forced to leave Middle-earth for good at the dawn of the Fourth Age.

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Why Elvish Rings Lose Their Power After The One Ring Is Destroyed

The Elvish Rings were the first three Power Rings created under the guidance of Sauron with the power to heal and preserve. The last, the Ruling Ring, had the ability to bind and control all power rings. The destruction of the One Ring by Frodo in the Third Age led to the downfall of Sauron. Because the One Ring dominated those below, the Rings of Power lost their own power. While the Elves were the first to become aware of Sauron’s intentions, they used the rings to their advantage during his absence; with the One Ring destroyed for good, however, the Elven Three Rings no longer offered the protections they once did.

Why It’s A Good Ending For The Elves (Not A Bad)

While being forced out of Middle-earth under threat of extinction might seem like a terrible fate, it is indeed a happy ending for Elvenkind. As immortal beings who cling desperately to the past, Elves generally reject the kinds of change that come with the passage of time. However, the destruction of the One Ring and the inevitability of their impending death forces the Elves to accept that change must come at some point and that their time in Middle-earth is over. While the Elves represented Middle-earth’s past, the future of Middle-earth is in the hands of Mortal Men. As they struggled desperately to preserve their way of life in the Second Age, the destruction of the One Ring allowed the Elves to accept their fate and find peace after centuries of keeping evil at bay.

While the Elves of The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power are immune to the passage of time, they cannot deny change forever. Their time in Middle-earth is limited, and while the Elven Three Rings delay the inevitable, their time to leave Middle-earth will eventually come. With Sauron defeated for good and Middle-earth no longer in need of their defense, the Elves can return to their homeland of Valinor, embracing the passage of time and the peace that follows war. Although it will be centuries before they can return home for good, the events of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power put the Elves on the road to their eventual happy ending.

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