While we’ve had glimpses here and there, and a recent trailer, this new look at Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series The Rings of Power is the deepest yet.
Forging a legend
If you’re a Tolkien fan, then you know Amazon is taking some hefty liberties with The Rings of Power’s second age. The actual period in question is supposed to be thousands of years long, for example, and Rings of Power looks like it more or less lumps everything together at the same time. Well, unless there’s some perviously unseen time-jumps anyway.
Then there’s some other stuff as well. Elements like Galadriel being a warrior, the appearance of Hobbits (though they’re not called that), and the apparent presence of a wizard are all out of place. None of that should be included in anything about the second age of Middle-earth. But again, Amazon is altering the fiction a good deal, and that’s ruffled some fan-feathers plenty (full disclosure: I’m in that lot).
Nevertheless, and whatever you might think of all of that, there’s a new trailer to watch that just dropped at SDCC this week. It’s probably the longest look yet at the show, and displays a myriad of settings and characters, some of which admittedly look pretty nice.
Check it out:
Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’sThe Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.Amazon press release
So? What’d you think? Can you make it past the alterations? If you can, and you’re ready to give the show a shot, then you don’t have much longer to wait.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power airs on Amazon’s Prime Video service starting September 2nd.