In less than two months, the long-awaited series of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. It is a new adaptation of the work of J. R. R. Tolkien produced by Amazon Studios that will be released during the first days of September.
Fans of the fantasy genre and the writer’s books have already had the opportunity to see the first images and previews of the fiction. The expectation of the fans is high, especially if you take into account the previous adaptations of The Lord of the rings Y The Hobbit in the hands of the manager Peter Jacksonwhich became critically acclaimed, award-winning box office hits.
Unlike the movies The Rings of Power It will be set during the Second Age of Middle-earth. This means that it will portray the events prior to those seen in the aforementioned film saga. This has led many to assume that the series will be some kind of prequel to The Lord of the rings. However, showrunners Patrick McKay and JD Payne explain why that’s not the case for their new show.
The creative heads behind this ambitious story made it clear that their idea was to be able to make a series that stands on its ownwithout having to resort to Jackson’s books or movies.
“We weren’t interested in making a show about a younger version of the same world they already knew, where it’s kind of a prequel. We wanted to go way, way, way back and find a story that could exist on its own. This was one that We felt like it hadn’t been told on the level and scale and in depth that we felt it deserved,” McKay explained in an interview with EW.
Although the creator’s sayings make a lot of sense, for those fans of Jackson’s books or movies, it will be a bit difficult to sit through the episodes without having the other in mind. Namely, comparisons will be inevitable. Even though there is a good portion of the story that has been specially created for this adaptation, there will also be many events of the tolkien’s work who have also been referenced in the series.
Such as the creation of the rings and the presence of Sauron. Likewise, the series will also feature the younger versions of Galadriel Y Elrondwho in Jackson’s films were played by Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving, now in the shoes of actors Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo.
The showrunner’s words also make sense on the legal side. When Amazon bought the television rights to The Lord of the rings in 2017, for more than $250 million, there were parts of the story that were left out. Since the rights are still owned by Warner Bros., the Amazon writers They could only work with few passages and the appendices of the books to be able to extract everything belonging to the Second Age, hence a good part of the story has also been modified and adapted to television format.
Taking all this into account, the fans will be the ones who finally consider the new series a prequel or not of The Lord of the rings. The recent preview revealed a good number of characters as well as several iconic scenes from Middle-earth that in tone and quality are they are quite similar to what Jackson showed in his feature films, although it is difficult to say after an advance of a few minutes. the series of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power the next one opens September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.
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Why the Rings of Power series is not a prequel to The Lord of the Rings