In a universe used to living on dramas, literary adaptations and the occasional comedy, it is striking that in just two weeks two productions that bet on the fantastic genre have seen the light. And that they are also two of the most anticipated series of 2022. After the premiere of The House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, Amazon Prime Video premieres The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The
multi-million dollar Amazon Prime Video series who aspires to become a phenomenon this is all you have to know about her.
Friday, September 2 is the day chosen for the premiere of a production that was seriously affected by the pandemic and that has exceeded all economic forecasts. And if her fantastic sister set in Westeros came to HBO Max with pressure,
the prequel to the story devised by GRR Tolkien It is no less so, considering the success of the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson. This is what the series, which has had José Antonio Bayona in charge of directing the first two episodes, is going to tell us.
What does The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power tell?
In its first season, the Amazon Prime Video series takes place in the Second Age- the story we know is in the third- an era in which great powers were forged,
kingdoms rose in glory and fell in ruin and unlikely heroes were tested. A moment in history where hope hung by the finest of threads and the greatest villain ever to come out of Tolkien’s pen (Sauron) threatens to plunge the entire world into darkness.
In The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power we will again see elves that will be familiar to us. /
As expected, to situate the viewers, the action starts, paradoxically, in a time of relative peace, with characters that are familiar to us but also with some that are new. And together they will face the long feared
resurgence of evil from middle-earth. From the pitch-black depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the island kingdom of Númenor, to the far reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will forge legacies that will live on forever.
What is the Second Age, the moment in which The Lord of the Rings takes place: the rings of power?
The Second Age, the longest and most recorded in the history of Middle-earth, lasted 3,441 years and began with the banishment of Morgoth to the Void by the Lords of the West and
ended with Sauron’s defeat and his army by the Last Alliance of Elves and Men, a century after the Fall of Númenor.
According to scholars of the Tolkien universe, this era was characterized by the rise of Númenor and Sauron in Middle-earth, as well as that of the Ringwraiths, and the early Ring Wars between Sauron and the Elves. The
Single ring was born during this period.
Who are the protagonists of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?
With an extension that exceeds the hour of footage in each of its first two episodes, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a series with numerous plots that has as many interpreters. Among the characters we already know, such as
Galadriel and Elrodtwo elves who, thanks to their longevity, endure in history, will be played by Moryfdd Clark picking up the baton from Cate Blanchett in the original trilogy, and Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones) in the role of the half-elf great-grandson of Beren and Luthien.
Benjamin Walker in the role of High King Gil-galad. /
Isildur, descendant of power-hungry men who yearned for eternal life and a key character in the original trilogy, will be played by Maxim Baldry (Skins), while Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) will play the High King. Gil-galad. The latter, along with Elrond, will be approached by a stranger who calls himself Annatar and who
teaches elves how to craft Rings of Power. But Gil-galad is suspicious of Annatar’s motives and as he will soon find out, his suspicions will be correct.
Ismael Cruz Crodova (The Undoing) is going to be the elf Arondir, who will have a forbidden relationship with Bronwyn, a healer who will be played by the Iranian actress Nazanin Boniadi. Megan Richards (Wanderlust) and Markella Kavenagh (The Mystery of Haging Rock) will be hairy paths,
ancestors of the hobbits that we will not see in the serieswhile Joseph Mawle, Uncle Benjen from Game of Thrones, will be Oren, the main villain.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power again resorted to New Zealand as a setting. /
To the incorporation of the hairy ones we must add another novelty, that of the dwarf women,
a role that did not specifically appear in the original narrative, but that we will see in the Amazon Prime Video series by Sophia Nomvete. And it will not be just any role, since she will play Princess Dissa, in charge of watching over the kingdom of Moira.
The biggest budget in history
As revealed by the specialized media Variety, it is expected that the cost of the first season will finally reach 470 million euros. Taking into account in this delivery will only be
made up of eight episodesthis makes an average of 59 million euros per chapter making The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the most expensive television series in history.
Each chapter of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has cost almost triple that of House of the Dragon. /
And that’s without taking into account the 250 million that Amazon Prime Video disbursed for the rights to Tolkien’s novel. To put in context, the long-awaited Game of Thrones prequel has cost 20 million euros, and the fourth installment of
stranger thingsin which we also find numerous special effects, about thirty million euros per episode.
The outlay is especially striking, but it is even more so if we take into account that Amazon Prime Video had calculated that 125 million would be spent per season, since
the second installment of the series is already approved. It seems that the accounts have skyrocketed and there have been those who have already taken the trouble to calculate how many subscribers the platform needs to make the investment profitable: about five million a year.