In this much awaited Amazon series, it’s still Middle-earth, but it’s a completely different universe.
For admirers of J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” transports them back to Middle-earth.
With a prequel series that takes place tens of thousands of years before the events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” books, Amazon Prime is helping to expand the “LOTR” universe.
The multi-season drama explores the Second Age, a time when Middle-earth was at peace just before one of the greatest evils takes over and causes devastation. It is based on the Tolkien “LOTR” appendices. The principal enemy of the program, the dark lord Sauron, has not yet been cast in his role as an actor.
Viewers will learn about the creation of the 20 magical rings of power in this story. There were three rings for elves, seven for dwarves, nine for men, and one to rule them all, according to mythology (sound familiar?).
“We believed the war had finally come to an end. We believed that our joys would never stop. In the most recent teaser unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con, a youthful Galadriel remarks, “We assumed our light would never dull, but evil does not slumber.”
The expensive and epic drama will feature well-known locations as well as breathtaking new ones, such the elf cities of Lindon and Eregion and the island realm of Nmenor (Variety says the first season cost $465 million). It also has a sizable ensemble cast, including a few well-known actors.
Meet the figures governing Middle-earth in “The Rings of Power” prior to the start of the series on September 2.
Ismael Cruz Córdova is Arondir
According to Vanity Fair, Córdova is the first person of color to play an elf onscreen in a Tolkien movie, while Arondir is a new character created for the series. In a nod to the illicit affair between human healer Bronwyn and elf Arwen (Liv Tyler) in the “Lord of the Rings” films, he is involved with her.
Nazanin Boniadi is Bronwyn
“I portray a Southland person. I’m a healer, the mother of a teenager who can be a little rebellious, and I’m also having an unauthorized relationship with an elf,” Boniadi added, adding that Bronwyn “has an inner lioness.” So, expect to see stuff from her, such as the advice to “never judge a book by its cover.”
Tyroe Muhafidin is Theo
Another fictional creation for “The Rings of Power” is Theo. There isn’t much information available on the son of Bronwyn yet, except from Boniadi’s description of him as “rebellious.”