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‘LoTR: The Rings of Power’ Episode 1 and 2 Review


J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings is a beloved franchise that spans six great films from The Lord of the Rings movies to The Hobbit trilogy of recent years. The Rings of Power is the newest adaptation of Tolkien’s work that takes audiences back to the Second Age history of Middle-earth with new characters and an intriguing story.

The first two episodes of The Rings of Power have so far showcased a rich and fascinating world of Elves, Men, Dwarves, and Harfoots. The series takes place during the Second Age, known as the time when the titular rings of power were created, including the One Ring from Lord of the Rings.

Although the series dives into a familiar landscape from the previous movies, there are new characters to meet including a few recognizable names like Galadriel and Elrond, played by Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo, respectively. In The Fellowship of the Ring, the two of them were established pillars of the elven community, but in The Rings of Power, they are still in their youth. Galadriel is a fierce female warrior who is hellbent on locating the source of evil that she believes is lying in wait in Middle-earth, while Elrond is a politician, aiding the High King Gil-galad, played by Benjamin Walker.

Rings of Power

From The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, we saw that those movies usually involved a core group of adventurers embarking on a quest. However, The Rings of Power takes a different approach by splitting the story into several main point-of-view characters. Although it’s too early to say if the characters we’ve seen so far will band together, splitting the story is a smart move that allows the series to expand in scope and show different parts of Tolkien’s world.

Other than Galadriel and Elrond, we also meet some of the franchise’s original characters like Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova), a Silvan elf who forms a forbidden relationship with a human woman, and Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh), a precocious young Harfoot who quickly gets entrenched in the larger plot of the world. For a lot of viewers, these original characters from the book are unknown, which will give both new and old fans something fresh to look forward to.

Sauron is once again the evil and powerful villain in this Lord of the Rings prequel story. And although he’s thought to have vanished, Galadriel believes the evil out there is waiting and the series doesn’t take long to pick up by giving us an element of mystery and suspense with a looming shadow that signals the return of said evil.

Long-time fans of Tolkien’s works will be thrilled to see places like Lindon, the human island kingdom of Númenor, as well as the halls of Khazad-dûm at its finest. Khazad-dûm is also known as Moria, where Gandalf battles Sauron in Fellowship of the Ring.

So far we’ve only gotten glimpses and slight scopes of the incredibly expensive Amazon series and it’s spectacular. From the tempestuous Sundering Seas to the glorious halls of the dwarven kings, each location is richly created. Its $465 million budget is worth it as every location is looking as magical as one can imagine. On top of that, composer Bear McCreary’s soundtrack plays off the familiar tunes of Howard Shore’s iconic soundtrack that will instantly captivates anyone who would find themselves affected by the music of Middle-earth.

Newcomers who aren’t all that familiar with the previous movies will also have a good time as The Rings of Power has not so far attempted to introduce any well-known character from The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbits, keeping the story new and interesting. It’s not every day you see a TV series that offers the kind of breathtaking scenery, lore and visuals as The Rings of Power has done, which is one of the best things newcomers will take away from Tolkien’s newest adaptation.

The first two episodes of The Rings of Power are excellent and will keep audiences wanting more in such that it’s starting to feel like a similar Fellowship team-up will happen with Galadriel leading the group this time around. Although there are still six more episodes to see, The Rings of Power is off to a successful start with just the right amount of depth and detail in Tolkien’s acclaimed universe.

The first two episodes get a rating of 9/10 from us and you can watch them right now on Amazon Prime.

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