The Rings of Power Impressions So Far

BRADYTVOfficial Sep 27, 2022

What the show is about

For those Tolkien lovers out there, and even just the casual Lord of the Rings fans, The Rings of Power has been a show that we have been anticipating ever since it was announced back in January of 2020. Not only has it been some time since we have gotten any live-action media centered around Middle Earth, if you include The Hobbit trilogy, it’s been even longer since we’ve gotten anything truly worth watching. Finding out that they would be spending an average of 60 Million dollars PER EPISODE (making it the most expensive show ever made) was just the icing on the cake.

The show takes place in the Second Age of middle earth and thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings. On paper, this is a no-brainer. Not only did Tolkien create masterpieces with these books, he also fleshed out thousands upon thousands of years of history for middle earth. This history can be found in many books such as “The Fall of Gondolin” and “The Silmarillion” that were edited and released by his son – Christopher Tolkien – some time after his father’s death.

All of that considered, there is a rich and vast amount of source material to pull from.

Here’s the issue…

When Amazon bought the rights to be able to make this show, they bought the Television and Film rights to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, not to all of the other books which contain the previously mentioned history. This means that although they can tell stories that are similar to the history of Middle Earth and depict certain characters, their hands are constantly in a set of legal handcuffs about showing some of the well-known stories.

Luckily, this hasn’t gotten in the way of producing one of the best shows we’ve seen in a long time.

Sure, there will be lots of deviations from the source material and that may piss off some of us die-hard fans, but the truth is, it’s not a bad thing. Changing material slightly in order to make it more screen-worthy is just the reality of the business.

So, is it any good?

Well, keeping in mind that this type of thing is subjective, The Rings of Power is amazing. The huge budget really shines through in the visuals and the story/characters are rich enough to keep you waiting anxiously all week for the next episode to drop.

The show is set to have 5 seasons and there is a long way for them to go before we reach what is sure to be a thrilling climax, but if they keep cranking out the level of quality that they are, it’s gonna be one hell of a ride.

A more in-depth review

If you are interested in hearing more about the show and what I think of it so far, check out my podcast reviews of the first hand-full of episodes.


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