The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power


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Dioltach

Legend
Just saw the description accompanying the video:

"Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series 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’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, 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 the greatest villain 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 re-emergence 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 furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone."

Sounds like it will cover the Fall of Númenor and the War of the Last Alliance.
 



Here is a longer thread from earlier in 2021 with more discussion.

 


Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I can't wait. My most anticipated new show right now.

(Though it has strong competition with House of the Dragon and Strange New Worlds).

I'll be honest- I am ... uncertain. If this was on HBO, I would be so incredibly excited. If it was on AppleTV, I would be really excited (under the radar, they have been making some good TV). If it was on Netflix, I would expect two great seasons, one mediocre season, and then having it unceremoniously cancelled (you know it to be true).

But Amazon has been really hit or miss with their shows. Having just finished Wheel of Time, I was not overly impressed. Heck- while I am happy they finished the Expanse, the last season was underwhelming.

Of course, I will watch it! With the amount of money they are shoveling into it, it's going to look good ... right?
 

Dire Bare

Legend
The "Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" is a bit unwieldy as a title. Needs tightening.

How about "The Lord of the Rings of Power" . . . or, "The Lord of the Power Rings"!

I kid, I'm really excited for this show!
 

GreyLord

Legend
The "Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" is a bit unwieldy as a title. Needs tightening.

How about "The Lord of the Rings of Power" . . . or, "The Lord of the Power Rings"!

I kid, I'm really excited for this show!

Rings of the Power Ranger Lord?

(You know it...all the Rangers stem from this source.......)
 



I'm not optimistic about toxic elements within the fandom looking to sink it before it's even given a chance.

Yep, every property that has a long term, hardcore, fandom, will have that extremely toxic element that wants no changes ever. Whether it is this or Ghostbusters or the early days of the MCU when Nick Fury was first played by Samuel L Jackson, or the changes made between editions, or half editions, of D&D. We can see plenty of that in various D&D threads here.
 


billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
Man, Christopher Tolkien is dead; it's uncool to speak of him this way.

//

(Only 50% tongue in cheek; CT was pretty narrow-minded in access to the material even as he pumped up the publishing of unfinished works.)
The difference here is he actually was entitled to exercise control over the IP as his father's literary executor and chair of Tolkien Estate, Ltd.
 

Gadget

Adventurer
I'm uncertain. Given Amazon's track record of adaptations with The Wheel of Time and the fact that there is not really much of a narrative story to adapt, my expectations are very low. I'm expecting a CW-esque, Shannara Chronicles level of show. I hope to be pleasantly surprised.
 
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Gadget

Adventurer
It might be bad, but I very much doubt is will be bad in anything like that way. Shannara was low budget and juvenile, this show is big budget and (probably) ponderous.
Perhaps, but The Wheel of Time was supposedly Big Budget as well, though I'm sure this one has an even larger budget. In retrospect, I think that show's problems where more in the writing, direction and acting than the budget, though that aspect didn't exactly shine.

On another note, this is a whole different set of people making this show, so its probably best not to read too much into it. I don't really have a problem with the trailer, though I think this actress's voice over does not compare favorably with Cate Blanchett's opening narration for the movies. That is perhaps unfair, but I can't see how the producers weren't inviting (or trying to evoke that opening narration) the inevitable comparison.
 

Well, this got a ton of character posters released today, none of which show any faces, but still interesting. What is sad though is one of them shows a sword with a horse head pommel and the ignorant masses are all screaming Rohan, without knowing that Rohan did not exist until the 3rd Age.
 

The other thing is that some of the hands, based on the sizes of the things they're holding, are decidedly hobbity. When hobbits, likewise, didn't play that much of a part of things during the Second Age, if at all.

All that being said, I get that Amazon would want to make the world more closely resemble the world of the movies. Hopefully they don't wander too far astray.

Well, this got a ton of character posters released today, none of which show any faces, but still interesting. What is sad though is one of them shows a sword with a horse head pommel and the ignorant masses are all screaming Rohan, without knowing that Rohan did not exist until the 3rd Age.
 

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