Who Is the High King in The Rings of Power?

Here's what you need to know about the High King in The Rings of Power.

The Rings of Power is set thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings, and as a result, we’re introduced to a whole bunch of new characters that help to flesh out the lore even further. Here’s what you need to know about the High King in The Rings of Power.

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Gil-galad as High King in The Rings of Power

Set during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, the High King we see The Rings of Power is none other than Gil-galad. He is the last High King of the Noldor, and is also sometimes referred to as High King of the Elves of the West.

During this time, he established a realm for the elves in Lindon, and his reach even expanded to the Misty Mountains and Greenwood the Great. In the show, we primarily see him residing in Rivendell, where he works closely with Elrond and also interacts briefly with Galadriel.

While these events haven’t been depicted in The Rings of Power just yet, we do know that he’ll play a big part in leading the charge against Sauron in the future. He’s generally regarded as a competent leader of the elves and even worked closely with Elendil and the race of men when faced with the threat of Sauron once again.

Both Gil-galad and Elendil were instrumental to the defeat of Sauron, which is what ultimately allowed Isildur to sever his hand and obtain the Ring to destroy. Though we all know how that turned out.

That’s all you need to know about who the High King is in The Rings of Power. Be sure to search for Twinfinite for more news and information on the show, including the stranger’s possible identity, as well as a breakdown on who Morgoth is.


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Zhiqing is the Reviews Editor for Twinfinite, and a History graduate from Singapore. She's been in the games media industry for nine years, trawling through showfloors, conferences, and spending a ridiculous amount of time making in-depth spreadsheets for min-max-y RPGs. When she's not singing the praises of Amazon's Kindle as the greatest technological invention of the past two decades, you can probably find her in a FromSoft rabbit hole.