20 years. That's for an elf from J.R.R. Tolkien's Magical Middle-earth no more than a blink of an eye. In pop culture, it can be an eternity. From 2001, Peter Jackson conquered 17 Oscars and an audience of millions around the world with the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Only a few noticed at the time that the makers had only allowed white people in front of the cinema camera for their heroes. Hardly anyone has made the big bell that there was no significant strong female character, unless one accepts Miranda Otto as Éowyn with benevolence.
Was it really wise to help Tolkien's (1892-1973) view of the world, which was shaped by Nordic sagas and black-and-white thinking, more or less unfiltered, to Hollywood glamor? These are questions that come to mind when you look at Prime Video's almost megalomaniacal project: "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" goes online worldwide as a streaming series this Friday.
The makers go very far for the opus magnum. You don't start with the backstory "The Hobbit", which was already made into a film and had significantly less success at the box office than "The Lord of the Rings". They begin even earlier: with the great centuries-long battle of the Elves against Morgoth.
What is the series about? The focus is on the young Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), who will later play a role in the Tolkien cosmos thanks to the huge lifespan of elves. The fighter lost her brother in the war against Morgoth and his successor Sauron and seeks revenge. The dark hosts have long since retreated, but Galadriel does not trust peace. While her High King is withdrawing the Elvish occupying troops from all parts of Middle-earth, the blond Amazon is to be deported to Valinor, a kind of Valhalla for great heroes.
Galadriel jumps into the open sea shortly before the Ascension of Heroes and fights his way back towards the coast. Meanwhile, signs are growing that Middle-earth is about to face an apocalyptic invasion. In the land of men, elf soldier Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) falls in love with the graceful Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi). When the command to withdraw comes, he stays to follow the dark omens: cows that give black milk. villagers disappearing. What does that mean? And Nori Brandyfoot (Markella Kavenagh), a girl from the tribe of hobbit relatives Harfuss, sees an old man fall from the sky. Meanwhile, superheroine Galadriel is being hunted by a sea monster.
"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" works with a dense number of hits. Battles, monsters, overwhelming landscapes: like in a computer game, the viewer is chased from one strong trigger to the next, while the authors spin a story loosely based on Tolkien. In general, the series project is visually reminiscent of a video game. With a Middle-earth world in which there are suddenly also strong heroines and non-whites.
The first two episodes of "The Rings of Power" will be available on Amazon Prime Video from September 2nd. A further six episodes appear on Fridays.