the Amazon series will have nothing to do with the universe you know

Fans of Frodo, Gandalf and Bilbo will be delighted to hear that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerwill have nothing to do with the movies.

In 2017, Amazon secured the rights to Lord of the Rings. An acquisition that scared the unconditional fans of Tolkien and the Peter Jackson trilogy, especially shortly after the end of the films The Hobbit which disappointed many aficionados. If this purchase is not surprising when we know the financial capacity of the multinational, it shows above all that Jeff Bezos is ready to do anything to find THE series that will take off his platform.

Indeed, if Amazon Prime Video rather has a nice catalog, it does not have a strong original series like its competitors HBO, Netflix and even AppleTV+, which are at the origin of many successful original series. After The Wheel of Timethis takeover also seems to prove that Amazon wants to bet on fantasy, probably to try to compete Game Of Thrones. Nevertheless, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power promises not to copy the universe of the films while claiming to be an accurate representation of Tolkien’s novels.

A new magical universe

Showrun by JD Payne and Patrick McKay, this first season has been unveiled for a few months with promotional images that have put off a lot of future viewers. Indeed, despite a huge budget of 465 million dollars (that’s more than any Marvel movie) the costumes look pretty cheap, far from the visual dream expected with a budget like this. However, everything we know about the series is quite promising.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power makes the wise choice to not to offer a new adaptation of the adventures of Bilbo or Frodo, but to set his story thousands of years earlier. It is during the Second Age, when the Rings of Power were forged, that the series will take place. But the elves being immortal and therefore very old, some well-known names will be there including Galadriel, this time played by Morfydd Clark, but also the human Isildur who we saw during a flashback in The Fellowship of the Ring and Elrond, bearer of one of the rings of the Elves, played by young Robert Aramayo.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: photo, Nazanin BoniadiThe new series takes off

Taking place over several thousand years, the series therefore promises to return to the milestone events leading up to the era depicted in Peter Jackson’s films including the alliance between Elves and Men and the rise of Sauron. The series should show viewers moments in Middle-earth history that they have never seen on screen, but also new places and characters never before seen in cinemas. And given the extent of Tolkien’s work, there is plenty to do.

History to differentiate itself from the films, the series promises several things. Already, it will be at a time when Elves did not live in hiding and their existence was not threatened, at least at the start of the story. And precisely, John Howe, artistic director on all Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, spoke about it during an interview with Empire :

“[Dans la série] it’s not Middle-earth you remember. It’s a very lively world. Elves aren’t hiding in Mirkwood Forest, nor are they lurking in Rivendell. They are busy building kingdoms. The Dwarf Kingdom of Moria is not an abandoned mine and the Gray Havens is not yet an abandoned city. I loved being able to explore this hidden history.”

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Picture

A setting full of magic

The series will therefore devote itself to the creation of a symbolic universe in order to revive the ruins discovered in the films, and to show Middle-earth in all its glory. But if the world of the Elves surely deserves its own spin-off, it is indeed the whole continent and all its inhabitants who will be portrayed in the series. We will also have the opportunity to discover new places and even the sea, an element absent from the first films.

Indeed, in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power the characters will have the opportunity to navigate. John Howe has also revealed that new types of Elves will appear: the Sea Elves, also known as Teleri. But to discover them, we will have to wait a little longer since the series will land on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.


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