The teaser for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” an Amazon original, has piqued everyone’s interest, and speculations and assumptions have already begun. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, was evidence of how strong the imaginative power of a human being could be. He was not just giving you any fairy tale, but the kind of detailing he did was unmatched. We have a chunk of precedents that show us that the adaptation for the screen is generally a letdown. It was a general conception that books were always a notch above films. But that was not the case with Peter Jackson’s trilogy. It was called the greatest trilogy of all time by the audience and the critics alike. With Amazon announcing this 8-episode series, which is due for release on September 2nd, 2022, the expectations of every LOTR fan are soaring high.
Jeff Bezos took a personal interest in cracking the deal, since he always wanted to create something on the scale of “The Game of Thrones.” It is expected to be the most expensive series of all time. It could be a masterstroke for Amazon, though, at a $1 billion production cost, the stakes are insanely high. It is speculated that the series will run for at least five seasons. Special efforts were made to keep the story of the series a complete secret.
‘The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power’ Teaser Breakdown
Morgoth was the first Dark Lord and Sauron, who was defeated by the alliance of Elf and Men, as shown in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, was his apprentice of sorts. “The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power” is set in the second age and will combine all the stories of that era. It was thousands of years before “The Fellowship of the Ring.”
“There are wonders in this world beyond our wondering,” says Markella Kavenagh, the Australian actress who is presumably playing Harfoot. She seems to be living in some kind of encampment. It gives you goosebumps as a wide-angle shot shows you a beautiful citadel, located just beside a water body.
We see a woman hanging from a snow-covered mountain while there are avalanches beneath her. The actor is Morfydd Clark, who played her first lead character in the 2019 horror/drama, “Saint Maud.” The actress is playing a young Galadriel, the character that was played by Cate Blanchett in the films directed by Peter Jackson. This Galadriel looks much more earnest as compared to the stoic-faced one that walked in barefoot to face the Orcs and save Gandalf in “The Hobbit” series.
Next, we see Arondir, a Sylvan elf of the Second Age, a new character added by the makers. The actor playing Arondir is Ismael Cruz Cordova. He nocks an arrow to his bow, and his swiftness reminds us of the Sindar Elf of the Woodland Realm, Legolas. It takes me back to the battle of Helm’s Deep, where Legolas and his dwarf friend Gimly entered into a competition to see who would kill the most orcs and the comradeship that developed between them and Aragorn.
Owain Arthur portrays Prince Durin IV of Khazad Dum, the underground dwarf kingdom beneath the misty mountains. Khaza Dum was not always as grim and deathly as Frodo, and his companions found it to be. It was once a place rich in culture, heritage, and resources. Sophia Nomvete plays a dwarven princess, as seen in the trailer.
Robert Aramayo, who played a young Eddard Stark in Game of Thrones, will play a younger Elrond in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” The trailer ends by showing snippets from a dimly lit battle scene that instantly transports you to the prolific battle sequences choreographed by Peter Jackson. The trailer ends with two mysterious hands getting a hold of each other.
Amazon wants to maintain utmost secrecy for its mega-budget flagship project, and that is why even after watching the teaser trailer of “The Rings of Power,” all you are left with is speculation. It will be interesting to see how much justice the Makers will be able to do with the legacy set by their predecessors.
The Powers of the Nine Rings will be unleashed on September 2nd, 2022, on Amazon Prime Video.