The actress’ most recent roles include Sister Clara in His Dark Materials and Maud in A24’s new horror film Saint Maud. She’ll reportedly be joining a cast that also includes Markella Kavenagh as “Tyra” in a lead role, Maxim Baldry as an undisclosed significant character, Ema Horvath as an undisclosed series regular, and Joseph Mawle (aka Uncle Benjen from Game of Thrones) as the show’s big bad, Oren. (Will Poulter, who some sources had previously reported as playing the role of the “young hero Beldor,” reportedly had to drop out earlier this month due to scheduling conflicts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.) It’s unclear how big of a role Young Galadriel will play, and Amazon declined to comment for Variety’s article, so take the news with a grain of salt.
If the outlet’s unnamed sources prove to be correct, though, it could clarify some things about the direction of the show’s plot. As previously reported, Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings will be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth (way before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings), with hints pointing to a focus on the fall of Númenor, and the War of the Last Alliance.
It’s during this Second Age when Galadriel becomes the Lady of Eregion, a stronghold of Noldorin elves, establishing an alliance with the Dwarves of Khazad-dûm. This alliance is partially motivated by her sixth sense about a “residue of evil” (aka Sauron) left behind after the removal of Morgoth. As the Second Age continues, Galadriel has a daughter, Celebrían (Arwen’s mother), and Fëanor’s grandson Celebrimbor settles down in Eregion. Meanwhile, Sauron assumes an alter ego of Annatar, Lord of Gifts, getting cozy with Celebrimbor and the Noldorin Elven smiths. He teaches the smiths how to make rings, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Of course, the Second Age is very long, so that’s just one of many Galadriel-contemporaneous plot lines that could ensue. For the others, check out Jeff LaSala’s very in-depth primer on the history of Galadriel.