Rings of power’, everything we know about the new Prime Video series based on the works of Tolkien

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In recent weeks, the pace of information reaching us about ‘The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ has accelerated, the series with which Amazon is going to adapt Tolkien’s work. With the release of the first trailer conjectures about similarities and differences with the mythical trilogy of films have already begun by Peter Jackson. But they are just guesses. For now, this is what we know about ‘Rings of Power’.

When it premieres?

Next September 2 on Prime Video.

Is there a trailer?

And so much:

How many seasons and episodes does it have?

In principle they are planned five seasons. The first of them has eight episodes, an amount that will possibly be repeated in successive seasons.

What story will it tell?

for now, little has transpired about the argumentbeyond the fact that it is a full-fledged prequel: the story we know of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ is set in the Third Age, and this series, in the Second. We will see how the 20 rings of power are forged: three for the elves, seven for the dwarves, nine for Men and one for Sauron, who we will see gain the power that makes him the terrible adversary we know.

There are other events that possibly we will witness: the history of Numeror, for example, closely linked also to Sauron. The Valar gave this settlement to the Edain in the Second Age as a reward for their help during the Wars of Beleriand. Many of the inhabitants stopped worshiping Eru Ilúvatar and rebelled against the Valar, leading to the island’s destruction. It will be interesting to see if this story is told to us in its entirety.

Trailer for 'The Lord of the Rings - Rings of Power': the Prime Video series unfolds all the fantasy of Middle-earth

In a article for Vanity Fair where they were shown the first images of the series, the creators of the series detailed some pillars of the argument. They commented that in ‘Rings of power’ they would talk about the forging of the ringss (with the characters of Elrond and Celebrimbor), the rise of Sauron and the relation of this story to the youth of Galadriel, the rise and fall of Númenor and the Last Alliance of elves and men. Among the spaces to be visited are the elven cities of Lindon and Eregion, and Khazad-dûm, owned by the dwarves.

The official synopsis says that the series “will take viewers to a time when great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruinunlikely heroes were put to the test, hope hung by the thinnest of threads, and one of the greatest villains ever to come from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover the entire world in darkness.” The setting is also described, which ranges “from the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, through the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the stunning island kingdom of Númenor, and reaching to the most remote corners of the map”.

What is the series inspired by?

The rights that Amazon has accessed (which are not the ones that, apparently, will be put up for sale soon) are those of the ‘Lord of the Rings’ appendices, 150 pages of timelines, family trees and notes. In 2017, Tolkien’s heirs sold those appendices where they talked about the Second Age and part of the Third. Amazon participated in an auction for the rights, paying $250 million for a treasure to which Netflix and HBO also aspired, and which allows them to use well-known characters from Tolkien’s films, such as young Galadriel and Elrond, since they were mentioned. in the appendages.

What budget does ‘Rings of Power’ have?

The initially planned five seasons are said to cost $1 billion. It is known that the New Zealand government has estimated production costs at 462 million dollars only for the first season, which includes the construction of scenarios that will be seen in later seasons. If these figures are confirmed, we could be facing the most expensive television series in history.

Who is in charge of the adaptation?

Patrick McKay and JD Payne, practically newcomers. Before embarking on this fifty-hour adaptation, they had only collaborated on the script (without being credited) for the version of ‘Star Trek’ directed by JJ Abrams. Abrams was the great supporter of him before Amazon, defending his work in his adaptation of the classic science-fiction series to the cinema. Along with them is Bryan Cogman, co-producer of ‘Game of Thrones’ -a clear reference in terms of Amazon’s intentions- and the Spanish JA Bayona, who directs the first two episodes.

Who gives life to the protagonists?

Most are virtually unknown actors:

  • Morfydd Clark as Galadriel
  • Charlie Vickers isHalbrand
  • Charles Edwards is Celebrimor
  • Sophia Nomvete is the dwarf princess Disa
  • Owain Arthur is Prince Durin IV
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova is the Silvan elf Arondir
  • Nazanin Boniadi is the human Bronwyn
  • Robert Aramayo as Elrond
  • Maxim Baldry as Isildur
  • Megan Richards and Markella Kavenagh are hairy ancestors of the hobbits.
  • Benjamin Walker as High King Gil-galad
  • Daniel Weyman is The Stranger

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What liberties have been taken with the text?

Amazon has already confirmed that there will be differences from Tolkien’s canonical texts. For a start, there will be much less violence: Prime Video wants the series to not be rated for adultsso there will be adventure, but it will be less dark than the movies. To continue, the series has made a inclusive effort and we will find actors of different races and groups giving life to the varied species of Middle Earth. For example, Ismael Cruz Córdova will play Arondir, a black elf, something not seen in Tolkien’s books.

The other big change will be the use of time. Unlike the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy of novels, the appendices continually jump back in time, there are no stable protagonists. The creators of the series reached an agreement with Tolkien’s heirs to create new characters with whom to forge a new narrative, or they would have to invent new characters for each season and separate them two centuries in time, without running into the characters known for fans until the fourth season.

In recent weeks, the pace of information reaching us about ‘The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ has accelerated,…

In recent weeks, the pace of information reaching us about ‘The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ has accelerated,…

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