Fans of the “Lord of the Rings” movies may remember that Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) is not only the lost King of Gondor, but also one of the Dunedain of Numenor. The Numenoreans were the earliest race of humans in Middle-earth, and are blessed with a longer than average lifespan. Eventually, Numenor sinks into the sea, and the remaining survivors are forced into exile.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” introduces Queen Regent Miriel of Numenor (calledin Tolkien’s texts), played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson. Miriel is meant to succeed the throne after the death of her father, King Tar-Palantir. However, her cousin, Pharazon, usurps the throne and takes her as his wife.
Tolkien’s books do not give a physical description of Miriel, though she is mentioned briefly in “The Silmarillion,” “The Lost Road and Other Writings,” and “The Peoples of Middle-earth.” Because Miriel is one of the Dunedain, we can assume she stood a chance of inheriting her people’s characteristic dark hair. As portrayed by Addai-Robinson, Miriel is a regal figure: She has long, elaborately styled dark hair, brown skin, and dark brown eyes. Her garments are among the most resplendent in “The Rings of Power,” constructed of rich fabrics, shining beads, and glimmering metals. Her accessories are especially impressive: Her golden crown resembles dazzling flames, while a bright medallion shines on her chest.