If you’re anything like me, Peter Jackson’s interpretation of The Lord of the Rings will have etched itself so deeply into your mind that it will have crushed the images conjured up by your own imagination when reading the books. As such, it’s odd to see another take on J RR Tolkien’s work, particularly from Amazon, which comes in the form of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
While the deep lore and stories of Tolkien’s Middle-earth are far from fully tapped, it’s not yet clear what saga The Rings of Power will be based on, other than being a prequel to LotR and obviously including the rings. which were used by elves, dwarves and men as elements of power. And a new trailer for The Rings of Power (opens in a new tab) (which is somewhat hidden, as it’s not on YouTube) raises more questions than it answers.
For example, what is this comet talking about that crosses the sky? Who’s the big bad? What are these weird Avatar-esque flying creatures? And what happened to all the blonde elves? Are there any orcs? And where are all the… rings?
So, in short, we don’t really know the story of The Rings of Power anymore, although we do know that the series will feature Elrond and Galadriel (seen in the LotR movies) as well as personalities like the elf High King Gil- the galad prince and dwarf leader Durin IV; don’t expect Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, or any other LotR films to appear, as the Rings of Power has what appears to be an all-original cast.
The new trailer, which is available to US Amazon Prime Video subscribers, shows that the Ring of Power will take place across a wide swath of Middle-earth. And some Peter Jackson-style images, shots, and sets seem to feature as well; which should put a smile on the faces of fans of the films.
And the overall flavor of the trailer makes me feel like a series that will blend the scale of LotR movies with some of the character arcs from The Witcher Netflix series. I especially hope this digs into the latter a bit, because it would be nice to get a sense of life in Middle-earth, because surely elves don’t spend all their days just wandering around quietly and talking earnestly and dwarfs can’t all be bearded drinkers…
At the end of this “bonus trailer,” another is teased for July 14th. So hopefully we’ll have a better idea of what The Rings of Power is really about by then.
And speaking of that day is when Prime Day will be in full swing, so not only can you get a LotR fix, but you can also get discounts on some great gear, for example a new LG C1 OLED TV at a great price ; I have one and it’s great for watching Prime Video shows.