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Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Discussion in 'Television Shows' started by purriwinkle, Aug 4, 2022.

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    purriwinkle Well-Known Member

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    For those of us who enjoy fantasy, we’re getting another prequel. On September 2nd, premiering on Prime will be the Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. It will cover the 2nd age of Middle Earth, and the forging of, as the title tells us, those rings given to the Elves, Dwarfs and the Sons of men.

    "Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
    Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
    Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
    One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
    One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
    One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
    In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie."
    J.R.R. Tolkien's epigraph to The Lord of the Rings

    It’s been awhile but it looks well done, promising lots of action for those who love Tolkien’s works.
     
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    This was the official trailer dropped at Comic Con

     
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    This one feels risky after the epic nature of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Even the Hobbit films after it were a bit underwhelming. I still enjoyed those movies, but they never quite reached the same height as Lord of the Rings. I'll check it out, but I'm a little skeptical of this one.

    Prime recently did season 1 of the Wheel of Time and it was incredibly boring, which is sad for a fantasy series. I won't be watching the second season of that one.
     
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    I agree that the Hobbit movies were underwhelming because they tried to stretch a fairly simple (although delightful) story of in my book, 287 pages, including maps, etc. into three full length features. Doesn’t really work all that well.

    Jackson, did an admiral job of adapting the trilogy, even though he had to leave a lot of material out. What he used was so beautifully woven together and visually stunning that it didn’t seem to matter.

    I’ll go out on a limb and say most of what people know about the second age of Middle Earth had to be garnered from different sources. Unless you’re a hard core Tolkien fan, viewers won’t know much about it. That leaves some leeway for the script writers to gather it all together into hopefully a cohesive and entertaining story line.

    Just like seeing those early Targs in House, I want to see the stories of those early elves and dwarves. How after Morgoth’s defeat, Sauron came to power, etc. I think it’s going to be visually alluring so if the writing is any good we may have a winner.
     
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    I would feel more optimistic about it if HBO or Netflix had it, but Prime concerns me.

    Now, the one time they did do well was with The Expanse. That's an excellent show. But they also decided to end the story when there was still more to tell from the books. It was done due to financial reasons, and even the final season was impacted because of cost cutting.

    So even if it is well written, there's the extra concern that they might not complete the story.

    I'll give it a chance though.
     
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    I watched the first two episodes and I think it’s brilliant so far.

    First off, the cinematography is stunning. It has the feel and look of Jackson’s trilogy. The CGI/special effects are spot on. I was stunned at seeing how they showed Khazad dum as it once was after seeing that grand place in The Fellowship in ruins, for instance. When it came to anything Elvish, I don’t think “ethereal” would be out of place.

    I think they’re doing a good job with story lines so far by giving a quick overview of the first age which leads to what will be Sauron’s rise in the second. It’s slow but steadily building as it was in the trilogy. We had action though with Orcs, sea worms and Ice Trolls. I think I read it was going to be five seasons so I imagine it will end with the One ring being cut from Sauron’s finger by Isildur. At least I think that would be a good place to end.

    Loving the characters, especially the new ones. Nori and Poppy are sending that Frodo and Sam vibe as well as young Elrond and Prince Durin’s relationship acting as a precursor to Legolas and Gimli. Gotta love it. Like the romance too. The forbidden feelings between Arondir and Bronwyn. Durin IV and his wife. I even wonder where the friendship(?) between Galadriel and Halbrand may be going for better or worse.

    They’ve even given us some mysteries, sort of, like who was the man who crashed on earth via comet. I had my own ideas right away and I was excited to see that others were thinking along the same lines. My speculation was it’s gotta be Gandalf. We’ll see. They didn’t show us what was in the Dwarf’s chest either although it gave off some illumination. I’ve read the probable answer and it makes sense to me but we’ll see on that too.

    Whats with that sword hilt that Theo found? It’s activated by blood and I think it’s acts like a homing beacon for the orcs but there’s more to it. The Watch Commander said the people they “watched” supported Morgoth and it was still in their blood. I hope nothing happens to the kid even if they age him. I hope neither he or his dad end up becoming the Mouth of Sauron. We don’t know what happened to dad and Theo seems quite attached to his treasure. Hasn’t even told mom about it.

    One small thing that bugged me was that “young” Elrond wasn’t given that jet black hair that Hugo Weaving rocked in the Trilogy. C’mon some continuity please! Also the dwarves weren’t as good looking as they were in the hobbit. ;) I’ll live, lol

    *sigh* I’m hooked.
     
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    I'm really enjoying this series thus far. Have to admit I like House of the Dragons a bit better but that is just because I like for fantasy shows to still stay relatively grounded and LOTR goes a lot deeper into the fantasy elements than Game of Thrones shows do. 90% of Game of Thrones isn't much different than our own medieval time period.
     
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    True, Tolkien’s world is populated with a variety of species and beings. It’s also very much a good vs evil tale unlike Dragons where there is much more of a gray area when it comes to the main protagonists. I like both shows for how different they are. It would be a bore if they had too many similarities.
     
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    Looks like I have some reading to do, cause I’m a little behind the eight ball with this. The Silmarillion has been sitting on my book shelve for years and somehow I never got around to reading it. Did I start and put it down? Did I not like it at the time? It’s been so long I can’t remember why it was left unread.

    After reading the thoughts from people who have read it, I realize that’s there’s a big hole in my knowledge of the second age. I don’t know if that’s good or bad. Should I be surprised at some of the turn of events or would I like to have some advanced knowledge. It’s a two edged sword cause they don’t have the rights to the book so they more than likely will have to change some things as to avoid a copy right infringement. Never the less, I think I’ll forge ahead and see if I can get through it.
     
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    I'll get around to the series in a couple of months. I was worried about it, but I'm glad to see that people are liking it so I won't be approaching it with skepticism now.

    The Wheel of Time on Prime made me the most concerned about the Rings of Power. If you're ever having trouble getting to sleep, just put Wheel of Time on. It's quite an accomplishment, a fantasy series that's incredibly boring.
     
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    I made a decision to wait and read the Silmarillion after I watch season one and I think it was a good decision cause I was on the edge of my seat…already…with what was going on in Epi.3.
    All I can say is did ‘you know who’ make an appearance at the end of the episode? OMG, I wonder since I read he could still take on a pleasing human form in the second age. Shit. Where’s epi four already!!! Maybe I should have waited and binge watched so I wouldn’t have this damnable wait.
     
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    Wow! Epi four is moving the story forward. Visions of the end of Numenor, men and elves going to fight the enemy together, Arondir delivering a message to the people of the South lands to swear fealty to Sauron or be eliminated, meeting Adar who no, is not Sauron but shit, he appears to be an evil, disfigured elf no less. A flight from Orcs where Arondir gets a chance to show off a nifty arrow move and what the hell is going on with Theo and the evil sword hilt? I’m very worried for the kid. He has no idea what he’s got himself into. The elves weren’t wrong to keep an eye on those nasty Southmen. At least we have Mithril but even that will have a down side for the dwarves in the future.

    So far this has been a beautiful fantasy romp. Takes me right back to Middle Earth. *sigh*
     
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    Epi 5 was interesting. I have no idea who’s who except I think I can cross Halbrand off as being Sauron although he’s quite the adept smith.

    Adar? Maybe. Yes, yes he had a hissy fit when one of the treacherous Southlings called him by that name but I read he didn’t like that moniker but preferred his original name before he followed Morgoth. Who knows. He loves the orcs and again I read that he was the one who began breeding Orcs. I don’t know. We’ll see.

    I also think meteor man may be a Blue Wizard now rather than Gandalf because of the timing and because we know so little of the two that were sent that the writers would have greater flexibility in the scripts. Whoever, he needs to control his power better although his intent to save the Harfoots was not without merit.

    Maybe Sauron, still in his “fair” guise is that evil person who we saw looking at the the landing site. Could be he realizes what has come to earth but can’t deal with it now cause he’s on his way to the Elves as Annatar to get those rings forged.

    Speaking of the elves, it turns out they knew about the Mithril. They think mining it will be the only way to save their race but when the dwarves dig to far down? NOT GOOD. The high elf king has put Elrond in a bad position, using his friendship with Durin to get what they think they need.

    Galadriel has whipped up the Numenoreans and Halbrand and it looks like they’re off to Middle Earth despite the sabatoge of Ar-Pharazon’s son. I think we need to keep an eye on Ar-Pharazon too. He’s in but for all the wrong reasons.

    At least Islidur was able to get himself back in his father’s good graces and he’s off to Middle Earth as well.

    Meanwhile, back in the Southlands, who knows what will happen with Bronwyn, Theo (who finally fessed up about the magic sword hilt), Arondir and the people who chose to stay with them. I must say I’m a little worried.
     

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