Everything you need to know about “Rings of Power” in this spoiler-free guide!
Prime Video’s highly anticipated series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is finally on the air with its first two episodes. It is a fact that the series, whose initial comments were positive, will be discussed intensively in the coming days as the audience increases and the sequels continue to come.
While JRR Tolkien’s vast fantasy universe, previously visualized by Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” series, comes to our screens again with the most expensive TV series of all time, “Rings of Power”; We will watch a series of characters, both familiar and new, struggle with the growing evil of Middle-earth. However, finding your way through this epic story may not be easy for everyone.
That’s why we’ve put together this spoiler-free beginner’s guide to the series. Everything you need to know about “Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” in this viewing guide…
It takes place thousands of years before the Lord of the Rings…
Peter Jackson’s trilogy is set in the Third Age of Middle-earth, while “The Rings of Power” is set thousands of years ago, in the Second Age. According to its official synopsis, the series “takes viewers to a time when great powers first took shape, kingdoms triumphed and fell to the ground, unexpected heroes were tested, hope hangs by a thread, and the most diabolical foe ever cast from Tolkien’s pen threatens to plunge the world into darkness.”
The cast of characters is almost entirely different, with a few long-lived exceptions like Elrond, Galadriel, and Sauron (which we’ll likely see, though technically unconfirmed) as the events in the series will take us back to a much older age of Middle-earth. Elves are immortal unless they fall in battle, and so the two inhabitants of Middle-earth blessed with longevity are with us, but rumors persist that other characters we’ve seen in movies before will emerge as the series progresses.
There was not only one ring
Remember Galadriel’s monologue at the beginning of “The Fellowship of the Ring”?
“The world is changing. I feel it in the water, I feel it in the earth, I smell it. There is not much left of the ancients, for there is no living who remembers it. It all began with the making of the magnificent rings. The three rings were given to the immortal elves, the shrewdest of beings, the most elegant. Seven of them were skilful miners. and to the dwarves, who were artisans and dwell in the depths of the mountains. The nine rings were bestowed upon the human race, the most power-hungry of all beings. These rings preserved the power to rule all races.”
One ring to rule them all
This speech of Galadriel continued by describing the deception of elves, dwarves, and humans who were given the rings of power. The Darklord Sauron adds his own grudge, will, and desire to dominate all life to the ring that has the power to rule all the other rings he has forged in the fires of Mount Doom in the Realm of Mordor: “One ring to rule them all!”
As the free realms of Middle-earth fall one by one before the power of the Ring, the last alliance of elves and humans put up a final battle against Sauron. In this War of the Last Alliance, Elrond also leads the Elven armies. Despite the hard struggle, the power of the ring cannot be suppressed. However, in the darkest moment, the King’s son Isildur takes the ring with his father’s sword and defeats Sauron… We watched what happened next in the “Lord of the Rings” series. “Rings of Power” will immerse us in the epic story briefly told in this opening scene…
For more information about the Second Age, you can go to our detailed file by clicking here…
Most expensive TV show of all time
Amazon bought the TV rights to “Lord of the Rings” for $250 million in 2017, but that’s only a quarter of what they’re planning to spend on the show after committing to five seasons – meaning the show will cost at least $1 billion in total. The production cost of the first season alone is $462 million.
Season two already confirmed
The second season confirmation of the series came about three years ago. But considering the preparation, filming and post-production process, we’ll probably have to wait a long time to continue the story after the first season.
The majority of the cast of the series consists of young actors whose names we have heard for the first time. Although criticized by some fans, this is not a bad or surprising situation. After all, names such as Andy Serkis, Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen were not well known before The Lord of the Rings.
There are also familiar names in the squad. Robert Aramayo as Elrond Game of ThronesHe played the younger Ned Stark in , and gained wider recognition with one of the TV series as well as Netflix’s suspense-filled mini-series “Behind Her Eyes.” Morfydd Clark, who starred as Galadriel, starred in A24’s “Saint Maud” last year, and has appeared in productions such as “The Personal History of David Copperfield” and “His Dark Materials”.
The theme music for “Rings of Power” was composed by Howard Shore, who also composed the soundtracks for the movies “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit”, who won 3 Oscars. Other music in the series is signed by Emmy Award-winning Bear McCreary.
Not a direct book adaptation
“Rings of Power” is not a direct adaptation of any book like Peter Jackson’s two trilogies. The series is titled “Annals of Kings and Sovereigns”, “The Tale of the Years”, “Family Trees”, “Calendars”, “Writing and Spelling”, “Tongues and Peoples of the Third Age” and “On Translation”, covering the history and lore of Middle-earth. It’s based on the non-narrative “Lord of the Rings” inserts that offer more details about So there’s a lot of interpretation in the script, so some fans fear the show won’t be true to the spirit of the source material.
The first episode of the series was aired at once, but the other episodes will be aired once a week. So we have 6 more episodes to watch over the next month and a half.