September 27, 2022

The Pitch: Welcome, Prime Video subscribers! Welcome (again?) to Center-earth! It’s like medieval instances, with all of the swords and fits of armor and peasant residing, nevertheless it’s additionally a fantasy land crammed with wondrous and in addition horrifying issues! There are Dwarves, and so they have cool beards and dwell in mines! There are Harfoots, who’re kinda like Hobbits and super-cute! There are Elves, and a few of them even have names you may acknowledge! And there are Males, and they’re able to nice issues but in addition liable to xenophobia!

And whether or not they dwell within the kingdom of Lindon or the mines of Moria or the plains of the Southlands, a darkish presence is lurking within the shadows, within the crops, and within the hearts of these vulnerable to evil. Whereas not everybody sees motive for concern, Elven warrior Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is satisfied that the menace her brother died preventing in an epic struggle shouldn’t be gone for good — and proof that she’s proper may be seen in every single place the sunshine touches…

If Solely John Ronald Reuel Might See This: Followers of J.R.R. Tolkien and/or Peter Jackson, prepare for one thing very totally different — and but additionally very acquainted. It’s laborious to sum up every part that’s occurring within the new Prime Video collection The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy. However the first two episodes of the collection, which premiere collectively this Friday, supply a intentionally paced however more and more intriguing tackle Tolkien’s world.

In case you don’t need to learn Austin Gilkeson’s wonderful and detailed clarification of what Tolkien works function supply materials for The Rings of Energy, right here’s the quick model: The entire formally printed books are off limits, however the present’s writers are in a position to discover Tolkien’s extra writings on the Second Age, set hundreds of years earlier than the Third Age (when The Hobbit and the unique LOTR books happen) and comparatively unexplored in Tolkien’s work, in comparison with different Center-earth eras.

Nevertheless a lot this was pushed by contracts and legalese, this has created a mixture of strict limits but in addition plenty of potential freedom for the place the story can go — which really offers the present a significant benefit, creatively.

There are clear plot factors being constructed in the direction of, particularly the rise of Sauron as an apocalyptic menace, however in contrast to a prequel collection like Obi-Wan Kenobi (set simply 10 years earlier than one of the crucial iconic and rewatched movies ever made), hardcore followers will be capable of sit down with The Rings of Energy with out worrying an excessive amount of about how sure plot developments may threaten established canon.

And, most likely of better curiosity to the parents at Amazon (who’ve guess a big sum of money on this collection being profitable), new audiences may theoretically tune in with out even realizing what The Silmarillion even is.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy (Prime Video)

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