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Fantasy sagas are more popular than ever on the small screen. HBO once again revels in the work of George RR Martin The dragon house – the first episodes aired since August 21 broke the American channel’s viewership records. With the blessing and personal commitment of its boss Jeff Bezos, an ardent Tolkien admirer, Amazon is therefore going to great lengths to secure its share of the pie.
If HBO can count on the writer himself to script the universe game of Thrones, Amazon fights a holy monster by creating a new series based on Tolkien’s work. A daunting task, not only because we are talking about the creator of modern fantastic literature, but also because the film adaptation of the Lord of the rings by Peter Jackson has garnered a following — and won dozens of Oscars in the process.
“Can you imagine returning to this universally adored universe and taking on the challenge of reaching the level of excellence set by Peter Jackson? asked co-producer Patrick McKay in an interview with vanity fair.
We were always aware of the high expectations [que la série suscite].
Patrick McKay, Co-Producer
The first two episodes are reassuring in every way. The setting is rich and detailed, the special effects are more than convincing, we dive straight into the visual universe portrayed by Peter Jackson. Hardly surprising when you know that John Howe, illustrator of Tolkien’s work Forever, is part of the adventure again, mostly filmed in New Zealand. We also find ourselves there in terms of musical atmospheres, since the talented Bear McCreary was able to receive a helping hand from Howard Shore, composer of the unforgettable plot of the trilogies of Lord of the rings and hobbit.
The music was composed for the occasion, but it evokes in us the same emotions as watching the original trilogy. For creators Patrick McKay and JD Payne wisely chose to maintain the tone of Jackson’s films, which brought great respect to Tolkien’s work. The dramatic intensity is provided by the elves and the elusive menace of the forces of evil, the weight of darkness is balanced by the good nature of the dour dwarfs and the cheerful Pievelus, nomadic ancestors of the hobbits.
So one could accuse the screenwriters of following a tried and true recipe, but ignore the fact that the story is largely driven by the appendices of the Lord of the rings, has many more ramifications than that of the trilogy, especially since the screenwriters allowed themselves a time warp that allowed them to focus certain key events in time. This serves the plot and allows for the integration of important characters – mostly humans, unfortunately mortals, as opposed to the elves. Purists might be shocked, but they were also shocked when The Fellowship of the Ring came to the big screen in 2001, and history has proven that her grievances have in no way affected the company’s success.
However, what is offered to us today on Prime Video rightly follows the path of those who wanted to pay tribute to the genius Tolkien. The operation is ambitious and its commitment is remarkably cinematic. That the series is intended for the small screen is almost a sin. So please do yourself a favor and don’t watch this on your phone…
Encamped in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before Lord of the ringsthe events of Rings of Power For now, focus on the resurgence of the shadowy Sauron menace. All believe it is destroyed forever, with the notable exception of young Galadriel, the energetic commander of the elven forces in the north – this was long before she became the great dame we knew as Cate Blanchett in the Peter Jackson films. Elrond, also much younger, lays the foundations of his benevolent power as a close adviser to the High King Gil-galad, particularly by aiding the famed smith Celebrimbor, the same who will create the Rings of Power unknowingly linked to the One Ring, the Sauron will forge in the fire of Amon Amarth, the mountain of destiny.
A new episode every Friday on Amazon Prime (starting next Friday)
The Key Characters
Galadriel (Morfydd Clark)
As an elven warrior, she decides to remain in Middle-earth against the will of her king, convinced that the threat posed by the sorcerer Sauron remains. She wishes to continue the work of her brother Finrod, who fell in battle in pursuit of Sauron.
Elrond (Robert Aramayo)
Elvish diplomat serving under High King Gil-galad in Middle-earth. As a friend of the dwarves, he tries to convince them to help him build the largest forge ever built, a feat capable of creating objects of inestimable power.
Round (Ismael Cruz Cordova)
An elven soldier stationed in the southern lands to support the human population there. He leaves his garrison to stay with the human herbalist Bronwyn before realizing the threat still exists.
Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi)
As Rounding investigates a mysteriously devastated nearby village, Bronwyn faces a danger that has lain dormant for many years. She organizes the escape from her village.
Elanor “Nori” Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh)
A young woodstalker who travels with her nomadic clan in Rhovanion, a vast region east of the Misty Mountains. She will meet a mysterious character who has arrived in the most spectacular way.