The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, Amazon Prime Video’s massive fantasy television series based on the works of author J.R.R. picture of what is presented in the show. The Comic-Con panel was hosted by Lord of the Rings superfan Stephen Colbert.
“Reading [J.R.R.]Tolkien swims in deep water,” the nighttime host told the cheering crowd. Amazon spared no expense on the panel, which included wrap-around screens presented with a loud intro that literally rocked the walls of Hall H, and no less than 25 attendees who drove across the stage in groups and then all joined in at the end for a brief Q&A with audience.
Just over a week ago, Amazon released a new teaser for Ring of Power that featured little plot and plenty of showcases of the many realms of Middle-earth in the series. The new trailer, on the other hand, lays the centerpiece of the story: first, we see Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) standing in front of a huge pile of empty helmets, signifying the losses suffered in the last great war to eradicate evil from the world. Although his name is not mentioned in the trailer, Tolkien fans know that this evil is Morgoth – the first Dark Lord of Middle-earth and mentor of the villain who dominates Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings: Sauron.
And indeed, Sauron looms large in the new trailer. While the people of Middle-earth enjoy a time of great peace and prosperity, we see Sauron already working to regain power while the rest of the characters struggle with increasingly tense circumstances, including Galadriel sailing for her life as a little some sea creature is destroying her boat behind her.
Who exactly plays Sauron remains a mystery, as only parts of the character’s body (mostly his formidable arms and hands) appear on screen. There are also a couple shots of an ethereal man with sallow skin who seems to be acting on Sauron’s behalf – although, again, Tolkien fans know that Sauron is able to change his appearance.
There is no doubt, however, that the creature roars at the very end of the trailer: the Balrog, the monster of smoke and fire that dwells so memorably in the mines of Moria, also known as Khazad-dum, in The Fellowship of the Ring. may not be the creature in question. However, this story takes place thousands of years after the events of The Ring of Power, so it remains to be seen how the Balrog affects this show. “The Second Age is so vast and vast that I don’t think there’s room for a Third Age,” McKay hinted pointedly.
The trailer debuted during the 90-minute “Rings of Power” Comic-Con panel but was previewed to the press Thursday night at a luxury San Diego dinner featuring the show’s cast, Amazon creators and executives. The company has long targeted Comic-Con as a launching pad for the series on its way to its September 2 global debut. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the company, which purchased the rights to the series from Tolkien’s estate for a mind-blowing $250 million at the end of 2017. The eight-episode first season was reported to have cost an additional $465 million, likely making Rings of Power the most expensive series in history.
The Comic-Con panel included an uplifting musical performance from the “Rings of Power” soundtrack, conducted by series composer Bear McCreary, in which the choir sang in Elvish and the violinist wore full rock star garb. The composer wanted to capture the dark sounds of the gnomes from the Lord of the Rings films when they live in the diaspora, and use the same deep tones in a celebratory manner as they are at the height of their power in the Second Age. Watch the video below for details on this performance.
The panel also included five clips from the show that were only shown to the Comic-Con audience. They included:
- The elf Elrond (Robert Aramayo) arrives in Khazad-Dum, whereupon his friend, Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur), challenges him to a battle of breaking stones until their bodies can’t stand it – while he is cheered on by a gaggle of comrades. dwarfs.
- Harfoots Nori (Markella Cavena) and Poppy (Megan Richards) discover the Stranger (Daniel Weyman), a mysterious man lying in a crater surrounded by unburned fire. (When asked by Colbert about who the Stranger was, Weyman deftly evaded a detailed answer.)
- The wood elf Aronir (Ismael Cruz Córdoba), captured by a horde of orcs who must remain cloaked to keep out of the sun, coordinates an escape with the other elves.
- Galadriel and Elrond greet each other in Elvish and Elrond wants to hear about Galadriel’s travels.
- Galadriel and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) arrive in the luxurious island kingdom of Numenor on Elendil’s (Lloyd Owen) ship – perhaps the most epic scene presented during the panel, showing off the show’s meticulous world-building and McCreary’s soaring music. .
A huge cast took over the Hall H stage and included Clark, Aramayo, Arthur, Cordova, Caven, Richards, Vickers, Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Miriel), Maxim Baldry (Isildur), Nazanin Boniadi (Bronwyn), Charles Edwards (Celebrimbor) , Tristan Gravel (Pharazon), Ema Horvath (Earien), Tyro Muhafidin (Theo), Sophia Nomwete (Disa), Lloyd Owen (Elendil), Dylan Smith (Largo Brandyfood), Leon Wadham (Kemen), Benjamin Walker (High King Gil -galad) and Sarah Tsvangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot).
Nomvete, who plays “the first female dwarf we have ever seen on any screen, the first female dwarf we have seen in Tolkien’s writings”. Described her character named Disa as a close person. “She is a mother, she is a wife… she is a force of nature and a joy,” Nomwete describes. She then delighted the public with her gripping story about an audition that happened when she was only a few days away from her child’s birthday. Nomwete also revealed that her costume untangles so “I can feed my baby between takes… that’s the power of a dwarf woman!”
And yes, dwarf women will have facial hair: “I was there at 3am when they put them on!” Weber said.
The show is directed by J.A. Bayona, Wayne Che Yip and Charlotte Brandstrom and executive produced by Bayona, Callum Green, Belen Atienza, Justin Double, Jason Cahill, Jennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado. Ian Blackburn, Beau Cassidy, Kip Chapman, Amelie Child-Villiers, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Will Fletcher, Lenny Henry, Tusita Jayasander, Joseph Mole, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Jeff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Augustus Prue, Peter Tate Alex Tarrant completes the cast.
A second season of The Ring of Power is already in development, as part of Amazon’s five-season commitment to Tolkien’s legacy. Watch the new trailer below.
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