The Rings of Power: Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” Series Explained

Amazon’s big bet on the immortal works of J.R.R. Tolkien She started with a $250 million bid at an auction in 2017.

Five years later, the first episodes of the expected five-season billion-dollar TV series are finally here. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres September 2 on Prime Video.

As for Amazon, whose founder Jeff Bezos has a “personal obsession” with Tolkien’s work, according to Vanity Fair, Rights to auction the author’s supplemental writings on Middle-earth. The first eight-episode season is said to cost $465 million.

“If it works, it (could) become a global phenomenon,” Vanity FairAnthony Bresnikan and Joanna Robinson wrote in February. “If it is short, it may become a cautionary tale for anyone who, in the words of JRR Tolkien, delves into the greedy and the deep.”

What should Tolkien fans and casual viewers expect from the highly anticipated and expensive series? Here are FAQs and some facts you want to know.

What book is “Rings of Power” based on?

it’s not. Amazon purchased the rights from Tolkien’s property to “Supplements,” which appears in six parts at the end of Tolkien’s third book of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The author, as explained by Vanity FairCounting thousands of years of history into about 150 pages of appendix… These timelines, genealogical chains, and notes on language and culture became so important to Tolkien that he halted the publication of the last book, “The Return of the King.”, to complete it.”

The Rings of Power takes place in the second age of Middle-earth, which takes place thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and Six Peter Jackson Films Underlying. (Jackson, whose movie “Return of the King” won the Best Picture Oscar in 2004, was not involved in “The Rings of Power”).

What is the topic of “Rings of Power”?

Let’s start with Amazon’s description: “Rings of Power” will take viewers back to an era when great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fallen into ruin, unexpected heroes were tested, hope hung on the finest threads, and the greatest villain of Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover the whole world in darkness.

Six trailers for the series have been released. The latest release focuses on Galadriel – a familiar character from “The Lord of the Rings” (more on that later).

We know Galadriel from previous films as Lady of Lothlórien, but here she is a fierce warrior who anticipates a sinister threat to a period of peace.

“My brother gave his life in pursuit of the enemy,” she says, weeping over his body. “His task now is mine.”

A trailer released in July at San Diego Comic Con—which began with Galadriel mourning those lost during the last great war—in which fans talk not only about the imps and balrog that appeared, but also about Sauron and his predecessor, According to Variety.

“Although his name is not mentioned in the trailer, Tolkien fans know that evil is Morgoth – the first dark lord of Middle-earth and mentor of the villain who dominates Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: Sauron,” According to Variety.

All the events of the story, according to Vanity Fair“It will, in the end, be centered around the incident that gives the trilogy its name” – the creation of the episodes.

What is the rating of the show and can children watch it?

TV-14’s “Rings of Strength” is rated. There will be scary moments, but viewers shouldn’t expect to see sex and nudity in the popular HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones.

Showrunner and co-executive producer Patrick McKay said Vanity Fair That the goal was to “make a show for everyone, to the 11, 12, and 13-year-olds, though sometimes they may have to pull the blanket over their eyes if it’s a little scary.”


Nori Brandefoot (Markila Kavinagh) and Bobby Broadfellow (Megan Richards).

What is craftsmanship?

In Tolkien’s second Middle-earth era, there were no wizards or hobbits. There were, however, excavations. Entertainment Weekly He describes them as “the early ancestors of the Hobbit which all Tolkien fans know and love. Equally diminutive in stature, these hobbits have not yet settled in the Shire, preferring instead to wander as nomads and live in tight-knit communities.”

Who are the characters in “Rings of Power”?

Some of the characters in the new Amazon series are familiar, drawn from Tolkien’s works. Others are created based on the backstory of the accessories.

“We have had the privilege of working with Tolkien Scholars,” J.D. Payne, show director and co-executive producer, told Comic Con audiences in July. According to USA Today. “Tolkien gave us all of these amazing clues about the characters in the Second Age. When Tolkien was silent,[we]try to invent things as Tolkien’s way possible.”

Currently, there are 22 regular members of the show listed in the “Rings of Strength”.


5 letters you know

  • Gladrel (Morphed Clark): Played in the Jackson films by Cate Blanchett, this Galadriel is “a thousand years younger, grumpy and boisterous as she is smart,” according to Vanity Fair.
  • Elrond (Robert Aramayo): Played by Hugo Weaving in the films “The Lord of the Rings,” Elrond in “The Rings of Power” is “not a dwarf master yet,” According to Entertainment Weekly,. Instead, he is an ambitious young politician of half-elven heritage. He also has a strong family legacy that he must live up to.”
  • Isildur (Maxim Baldry): While hardly seen in the “Lord of the Rings” films, Isildur is a constant presence due to the fact that he cut the one ring out of Sauron’s hand, but never destroyed it, setting the events up for the trilogy. In The Rings of Power, “Isildur is still a young man who lives on the island of Nimenor” According to Entertainment Weekly,.
  • Celebrembure (Charles Edwards): We know his name at least. “Celebrimbor is a brilliant craftsman who befriends the dwarves of the neighboring Khazad-dûm,” According to Entertainment Weekly,. “Eventually, however, he was manipulated into crafting several Rings of Power – helping to start Sauron’s inevitable rise.”
  • Sauron: No actor is credited with the role of the villain, but we all know who Sauron is. In analyzing the San Diego Comic Con trailer, Article in Variety He notes that “only parts of the character’s body (mainly his menacing hands and arms) appear on screen. There are also two images of an ethereal, pale-skinned man who appears to be acting on Sauron’s behalf.”

Doreen IV (Owen Arthur) and Desa (Sofia Numfit).

5 letters you don’t know

  • Halbrand (Charlie Vickers): According to Entertainment Weekly,One of the series’ most enigmatic characters is the outcast Halbrand, who soon meets Galadriel. according to Vanity FairIt is ‘running from the past’.
  • Merrill (Cynthia Aday Robinson): She is the Queen of Númenor, “an ancient island kingdom… ruled by powerful mortals of half-elven heritage,” According to Entertainment Weekly,. “The Island Looms Through the Legend of Tolkien.”
  • Doreen IV (Owen Arthur) and Desa (Sofia Numfit): The dwarf prince and princess who rule Khazad-dom, the kingdom that eventually fell and was the setting for one of the most exciting scenes in the movie The Fellowship of the Ring. According to Entertainment Weekly,the prince and princess “have a loving and playful relationship”, and this is the first time a female dwarf has appeared in a film based on Tolkien’s work.
  • Nori Brandefoot (Marcella Cavina): She is a craftsman and has “a longing for adventure like the rest”. According to Entertainment Weekly,. The show begins with Nouri and her best friend Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards) discovering a mysterious man (Daniel Wyman), who appears to have fallen from the sky in a fiery meteor.

Who else is in the cast?

  • Jill Glad (Benjamin Walker).
  • Bronwyn (Nazanin Bunyadi).
  • Arundir (Ismail Cruz Cordova).
  • Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin).
  • Tristan Gravel (Pharaoh).
  • Sadock Burroughs (Lenny Henry).
  • Irene (Emma Horvath).
  • Bobby Broadfellow (Megan Richards).
  • Largo Brandefoot (Dylan Smith).
  • Kemen (Leon Wadham).
  • The Stranger (Daniel Wyman).
  • Marigold Brandefoot (Sarah Zhuangopani).
  • Elendil (Lloyd Owen).
  • King Doreen III (Peter Mullan).

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