Rise to War News: Who are the New Commanders?

Guess who the new commanders are?
Guess who the new commanders are?

New content is to be expected as Season 1 draws to a close and Season 2 approaches. Most notably, we can expect the introduction of new commanders in Rise to War as suggested by the recent game news. Who are these new commanders and what can we expect from them?

Note: This post is simply speculation and not official.


Prince Imrahil (far left)

Tall in stature with a spear in hand and a knightly appearance, one could guess that this is Prince Imrahil of Dol Amroth. Having never been mentioned in the movies, Prince Imrahil is solely connected to the books with his first appearance in The Return of the King:

“And last and proudest, Imrahil, Prince of Dol Amroth, kinsman of the Lord, with gilded banners bearing his token of the Ship and the Silver Swan, and a company of knight in full harness, riding grey horses; and behind them seven hundreds of men at arms, tall as lords, grey-eyes, dark-haired, singing as they came.”

The Return of the King (Tolkien, 1954, p. 45-46)

As noted in the silhouette, the banner of the spear contains a ship with a swan and it is known that Prince Imrahil rode into battle which would make the spear a fitting weapon for him.

Prince Imrahil will likely be a new commander fit for Gondor that may specialize with mounted units (most notably the Swan Knights). Imrahil’s prowess in battle was proven at the end of the Battle of the Pelennor Fields when only he, Aragorn, and Éomer were noted as unscathed. As such, he may be a tier 2 commander like Aragorn and Éomer.

“Aragorn and Éomer and Imrahil rode back towards the Gate of the City, and they were now weary beyond joy or sorrow. These three were unscathed, for such was their fortune and the skill and might of their arms, and few indeed had dared to abide them or look on their faces in the hour of their wrath.”

The Return of the King (Tolkien, 1954, p. 146-147)

Queen Berúthiel (mid left)

Crazy cat lady might be a good description for Queen Berúthiel, long suggested to have been a Black Númenórean in the Third Age. Married to Tarannon Falastur, Berúthiel became a queen of Gondor and dwelt in Osgiliath. As is the way of cats, Berúthiel hated them (and a great deal of other things) and so they flocked to her. However, her cunning and ruthlessness put these cats to good use by training them to spy on the peoples of Gondor and she employed in her service nine black cats and one white cat (eight of which we see in the picture above). [1]

Berúthiel only has one mention in the original trilogy of the Lord of the Rings books:

“[Gandalf] is surer of finding the way home in a blind night than the cats of Queen Berúthiel.”

Aragorn, The Fellowship of the Ring (Tolkien, 1954, p. 405)

Her additional lore is expanded in The Unfinished Tales and other Tolkien interviews. Despite that, what little we know of her may suggest that she will be another commander with an affinity for synergizing well with beasts. However, her alignment is under debate as she may be part of the Evil Men (i.e. evil alignment) but she also was a queen of Gondor (i.e good alignment).


Thorin II “Oakenshield” (mid right)

This is an obvious guess due to the iconic Orcrist that he bears from the troll caves in his earlier expedition in The Hobbit and his oak branch shield. Thorin is one of the main characters in The Hobbit and gains his title, “Oakenshield”, after losing his shield in the Battle of Moria and picking up an oak branch as a supplement.

In the movies, Thorin’s main rival is Azog, whom he thought had died of his injuries in the battlefields of Moria. However, in the final installment of The Hobbit, Thorin actually slays Azog but dies of his mortal wounds. In the books, Azog is slain by Dáin Ironfoot in the battle of Moria.

“Up the steps after him leaped a Dwarf with a red axe. It was Dain Ironfoot, Nain’s son. Right before the doors he caught Azog, and there he slew him, and hewed off his head.”

Appendix A, The Return of the King (Tolkien, 1954, p. 443)

Thorin may be a tier 3 commander considered on par with Dain Ironfoot rather than Balin. However, guesses to his skill composition will be wide and far-between. His relic equipment may be the Arkenstone though.


Glorifindel, Celebrimbor, or Fëanor (far right)

This is a difficult guess as many of the Elves notable weapons were described as swords rather than polearms (i.e. a staff-sword). However, this commander has a raiment similar to Elrond’s armour in-game which likely suggests that this elf is someone of the earlier ages of Middle-earth.

The commander’s head is also adorned with a circlet similar to that which was worn by Celebrimbor in the Shadow of Mordor game series. However, instead of Turánn (a mithril hammer given by Sauron) at his belt, there is a knife. The darkness of the picture makes it difficult to distinguish the commander’s hair colour which would make things easier. If the commander had fairer hair, it could be suggested that the elf is Glorifindel. Alternatively, the forward-facing colours of the commander’s fabric have a red hue to them (might just be due to the lighting). While Fingolfin and his sons were ascribed colours of blue and silver, Fëanor and his sons may have had armour of red due to the following quote which may indicate that this is one of his sons or Fëanor himself.

“And Fëanor made a secret forge, of which not even Melkor was aware; and there he tempered fell swords for himself and for his sons, and made tall helms with plumes of red.”

The Silmarillion (Tolkien, 1977, Of the Silmarils and the Unrest of the Ñoldor)

Or it could simply be Elros, the brother of Elrond because they look quite similar.


That is it for speculation and predicting the newest arrivals in Rise to War. Let us know what you think in the comments. Do you agree with these predictions or do you have alternative ideas?


Citations

[1] Berúthiel. (2005, June 17). In Tolkien Gateway. http://tolkiengateway.net/wiki/Beruthiel

[2] Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954). The Fellowship of the Ring (4th ed.). Unwin Paperbacks.

[3] Tolkien, J. R. R. (1954). The Return of the King (4th ed.). Unwin Paperbacks.

[4] Tolkien, J. R. R. (1977). The Silmarillion. HarperCollinsPublishers Ltd.


Thank you for reading this article and I hope you found it helpful.

Aerith

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