The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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Set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.
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  1. 1. A Shadow of the Past
    September 1, 2022
    1 h 5 min
    13+
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    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    Series Premiere. Galadriel is disturbed by signs of an ancient evil’s return; Arondir makes an unsettling discovery; Elrond is presented with an intriguing new venture; Nori breaks the Harfoot community’s most deeply-held rule.
  2. 2. Adrift
    September 1, 2022
    1 h 7 min
    13+
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    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română, Galego
    Galadriel finds a new ally; Elrond faces a cold reception from an old friend; Nori endeavors to help a Stranger; Arondir searches for answers while Bronwyn warns her people of a threat.
  3. 3. Adar
    September 8, 2022
    1 h 9 min
    13+
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    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română, Galego
    Arondir finds himself a captive; Galadriel and Halbrand explore a legendary kingdom; Elendil is given a new assignment; Nori faces the consequences.
  4. 4. The Great Wave
    September 15, 2022
    1 h 11 min
    13+
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    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română, Galego
    Queen Regent Míriel’s faith is tested; Isildur finds himself at a crossroads; Elrond uncovers a secret; Arondir is given an ultimatum; Theo disobeys Bronwyn.
  5. 5. Partings
    September 22, 2022
    1 h 12 min
    7+
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    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română, Galego
    Nori questions her instincts; Elrond struggles to stay true to his oath; Halbrand weighs his destiny; The Southlanders brace for attack.
  6. 6. Udûn
    September 29, 2022
    1 h 9 min
    13+
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    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română, Galego
    Adar and his army march on Ostirith.
  7. 7. The Eye
    October 6, 2022
    1 h 12 min
    13+
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    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română, Galego
    Survivors of a cataclysm try to find safety; the Harfoots confront evil; Durin is torn between friendship and duty; Adar considers a new name.
  8. 8. Alloyed
    October 13, 2022
    1 h 12 min
    7+
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    English [CC], العربية, Català, Čeština, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, Español (Latinoamérica), Español (España), Euskara, Suomi, Filipino, Français (Canada), Français (France), Galego, עברית, हिन्दी, Magyar, Indonesia, Italiano, 日本語, ಕನ್ನಡ, 한국어, മലയാളം, Bahasa Melayu, Norsk Bokmål, Nederlands, Polski, Português (Brasil), Português (Portugal), Română, Русский, Svenska, தமிழ், తెలుగు, ไทย, Türkçe, Українська, Tiếng Việt, 中文(简体), 中文(繁體)
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    English, English [Audio Description], ಕನ್ನಡ, Italiano, Deutsch, தமிழ், עברית, Indonesia, Português (Portugal), Tiếng Việt, Español (Latinoamérica), Ελληνικά, తెలుగు, Français (France), Bahasa Melayu, Français (Canada), Filipino, 日本語, Português (Brasil), Nederlands, മലയാളം, Español (España), हिन्दी, العربية, Polski, Čeština, Magyar, Türkçe, ไทย, Català, Română, Galego
    Season One Finale. New alliances are forged.

The Making of The Rings of Power

Galadriel

A legendary elven warrior and the Commander of the Northern Armies. Far from the wise, ethereal Lady of Lórien she will one day become, this much younger Galadriel is headstrong and relentless – and obsessed with hunting an elusive evil.

Galadriel

Elrond

When given the choice by higher powers to remain either a human or an elf, Elrond the half-elven chose immortality, whereas his brother Elros chose a mortal life and became the first King of Númenor. Greatness is in Elrond’s veins, but he has not yet totally found his place in the world. He must navigate the path between doing what is right for his kingdom and remaining loyal to those he holds most dear.

Elrond

Arondir

Arondir is a Silvan Elf, a branch of woodland elves who never left Middle-earth for Valinor. A soldier who grew up in the now-sunken lands of Beleriand, he has spent nearly a century keeping vigil over the men & women of the Southlands, whose ancestors sided with evil long ago. Now, the elves’ Age-long watch has nearly ended, but Arondir has grown fond of his charges – especially the healer-woman, Bronwyn.

Arondir

Lord Celebrimbor

Celebrimbor is a visionary artisan and Elf-lord of Eregion who has a plan to undertake a great work that will transform Middle-earth into a place whose beauty can rival even the grace of Valinor itself.

Lord Celebrimbor

High King Gil-galad

High King Gil-galad is a powerful, pragmatic, and wise Elven warrior and king. Ruling from the Elven capital in Lindon, he strives for a bright future for all elves – but harbors a great secret that threatens both his people, and all of Middle-earth.

High King Gil-galad

The Second Age

The Second Age began after the downfall of Morgoth, the original Dark Lord. The early part of the Second Age is a time of relative peace, allowing kingdoms of elves, dwarves, and men to grow and flourish as the wars of the First Age become a distant memory.

The First Age

The First Age was a conflict-laden time in the history of Middle-earth, during which its people endured centuries of warfare. At the end of the age, the great enemy, Morgoth, was finally overthrown, but Middle-earth was left forever changed, with much of its lands drowned and broken.

Valinor

Where the lands of Middle-earth end, their western shores give way to the Sundering Seas. Far across their waters lie the Undying Lands – also known as Valinor, the Far West, the final home of the High Elves, where they live out their immortal lives in blissful peace alongside the Valar, the god-like Guardians of the World.

The Two Trees of Valinor

Known as Telperion and Laurelin, the Two Trees of Valinor emit shining light to illuminate the Undying Lands in the First Age. The Trees were destroyed by Morgoth, who then fled to Middle-earth with the Silmarils, jewels that had been infused with the trees’ radiance.

Morgoth

The Great Foe of all good things in Middle-earth. Morgoth is the first Dark Power to plague the world in the First Age, causing devastation and creating many twisted and monstrous creatures. Though ultimately defeated, his influence of evil lives on into the Second Age and beyond.

Sauron

One of Morgoth’s top lieutenants, Sauron was a key perpetrator of the boundless suffering and death caused by the wars of the First Age. After his master was overthrown, Sauron disappeared. His fate remains unknown, but some believe he will still return – and there are those who even yearn for it.

Valar

The angelic and powerful Guardians of the World, god-like beings who watch over Middle-earth and Valinor. At the end of the First Age, they graced the men who fought alongside the elves against Morgoth with a divine gift: the island kingdom of Númenor.

The Silmarils

The Silmarils are three jewels wrought in the First Age by the greatest elven craftsman, Fëanor. Works of unparalleled beauty, these jewels are filled with the radiant light of the Two Trees of Valinor. But they were stolen by Morgoth, who coveted them for their beauty. After his defeat, two of the Silmarils were lost, and the third was set in the sky as a star.

The Stranger

An enigmatic figure of unknown origins who struggles to remember his own identity. He wields mysterious powers that may prove dangerous to those around him.

Adar

Adar is the name Second-Age orcs use for their leader. It is also an Elvish word meaning “Father” – though why the orcs call him this remains unknown to outsiders… along with the enigmatic figure’s origins and motivations.

Resonating

Resonating is the sacred process by which Dwarven women “sing” to the mountain, in order to determine where to dig — and where not to…

The Mystic

These three strange figures arrive in Rhovanion a short time after the arrival of the Stranger — searching for him, it is said, for purposes unknown….

Visions of the Second Age

Trailers

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Season 1: Comic-Con Trailer
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    Discover the legend that forged the rings.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Season 1: Main Teaser
    3min
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    Set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings', The Rings of Power follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power - Season 1: Teaser Trailer
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    Before the King, Before the Fellowship, Before the Ring… A NEW LEGEND BEGINS.

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  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 7
    6min
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    Go behind-the-scenes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, season 1 and see how this epic world was brought to life.

  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 8
    6min
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    Go behind-the-scenes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, season 1 and see how this epic world was brought to life.

  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 6
    6min
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  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 1
    6min
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    Go behind-the-scenes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, season 1 and see how this epic world was brought to life.

  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 3
    6min
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    Go behind-the-scenes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, season 1 and see how this epic world was brought to life.

  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 2
    6min
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    Go behind-the-scenes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, season 1 and see how this epic world was brought to life.

  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 4
    6min
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  • The Making of The Rings of Power - Episode 5
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    Go behind-the-scenes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, season 1 and see how this epic world was brought to life.

  • Preview of Ep8 – The Rings of Power
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    Watch a preview for the season 1 finale of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

  • Preview of Ep7 – The Rings of Power
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    Watch a preview for Episode 7 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

  • Preview of Ep6 – The Rings of Power
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    Watch a preview for Episode 6 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

  • Preview of Ep5 – The Rings of Power
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    Watch a preview for Episode 5 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

  • Preview of Ep4 – The Rings of Power
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    Watch a preview for Episode 4 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

  • Stories of the Second Age – Rhovanion
    1min
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    Cast provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the Harfoots, a mysterious band of early hobbits hidden from sight until now.

  • Stories of the Second Age – Lindon
    1min
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    Enter the capital of the High Elves and learn from cast how these immortal beings deal with the rising evil in Middle-earth.

  • Stories of the Second Age – The Southlands
    1min
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    Paying the price for decisions made generations ago, The Southlanders must now face a new evil might on lurking on their horizon.

  • Stories of the Second Age – Númenor
    1min
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    Cast explore the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor and share background on a society at the height of its power.

  • Stories of the Second Age – Khazad-dûm
    1min
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    Learn about the secretive realm of the dwarves as cast discuss what mysteries might lie beneath the Misty Mountains.

  • Preview of Ep3 – The Rings of Power
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    Watch a preview for Episode 3 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

  • Preview of Ep2 – The Rings of Power
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    Watch a preview for Episode 2 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

More details

Directors
Wayne YipJ.A. BayonaCharlotte Brändström
Producers
J.D. PaynePatrick McKayLindsey WeberCallum GreeneBelén AtienzaJustin DobleJason CahillGennifer HutchisonBruce RichmondSharon Tal YguadoJ.A. BayonaWayne Che YipChristopher Newman
Season year
2022
Network
Amazon Studios
Content advisory
Flashing lightsviolencefrightening scenesalcohol usefoul language
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Format
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Johnny M. HainesReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty, but Tedious, and with Poor Writing. Fan's of Tolkien's Works will be Sorely Disappointed.
Some beautiful scenery and CG, but very slow pacing in the first episode. Gets a bit better in the second, but still a slog.

The show strays way too far from Tolkien's writing, and too many liberties were taken. There are also just some strange writing choices, and the writers often overexplain through character dialogue as if they feel like the audience is too dumb to understand just showing something:

Galadriel jumping off a ship when the distance between Valinor and Middle Earth - Likely hundreds or even thousands of miles - leaves her in the middle of the ocean with nothing to do but swim, then randomly meeting a ship that far away from anything (except maybe Numenor).

Elrond and Celebrimbor taking a casual stroll all the way from Eregion to Khazad Dum with no gear or horses, dressed in their finery, and then Elrond telling Celebrimbor "Lates, walk back and I will meet you in a few days" when he enters Khazad Dum for the overly-long rock breaking contest.

Can't remember the name of the contest - But it sounds like something that would fit better in Star Trek than Middle Earth. Anyway, it is apparently a huge deal to the Dwarfs, and grants instant entry into Khazad Dum, but means permanent exile if you lose - but nevermind all that exile stuff if you just argue it away on an elevator ride and get invited to dinner.

Stinky elves that sniff their armpit for a cheap laugh.

The portrayal of several characters just does not fit how Tolkien wrote them at all. Particularly Galadriel and Elrond.

Some of the dialogue is absolutely ridiculous and laughable.

Finrod's Stones look down into the darkness while ships look up into the light.

Eldrond's "She's here!?!?! Why didn't you say so???" After random Elf Woman had literally just told him.

Galadriel "This time frostbite and Troll blood."

Bronwyn "You don't know what's down there."
Arondir "That is the reason I must go!"

Just so much potential with the license, but it seems squandered with bad writing and dialogue - Some of which seems largely agenda driven - And the agenda certainly wasn't to stay true to Tolkien. I really hope it improves as the season continues, but I fear it will not.

Edit to add:
I think Episode 3 was an improvement on the first two. Still not Tolkien, and some of the scenes were a bit awkward (Galadriel slow motion horse riding with a creepy smile), and the Harfoot's remembrance session before the Caravan where they would name the dead and then say "We will wait for you," but they literally would not wait, and leave whoever couldn't keep up behind to fend for themselves...Just bad writing. That said, the episode looked beautiful, and I liked seeing the Orcs in detail and Numenor.

Edit to add (Part II):
I wish it weren't the case, but Episode 4 was the worst, and this series just isn't going anywhere with the plot or characters. Galadriel is completely unlikeable. As is the Queen Regent of Numenor. Isildur's sister just stands around watching things happen and adding nothing to the show. The "fight scene" with Galadriel and the Numenorian Guards was ridiculously bad. And there are several more examples I could cite from the episode, but its just not worth it. The writing is terrible. They continue to over explain through dialogue what most shows would trust that the audience was intelligent enough to pick up by simply showing.

When compared to a concurrent fantasy series like House of the Dragon, it is even worse. That series has had several brilliantly written episodes in it's first season, and the recent one was just excellent (Episode V). So much more character development and well written dialog.

Post Episode 5 Edit:
It just keeps getting worse and worse.

The "Galadriel training soldiers to kill orcs" scene was terrible.

And the plan to take 5 ships (500 men) to help take back the Southlands - Then two get destroyed...So that should leave 300 whole men to fight off the orcs...But the ships look like they each have about 20 soldiers on them....So good luck taking back anything with an army of about 60 people.

The writing and basic attention to detail is just ridiculous.

I have to reduce my rating from two stars to one at this point, and I think I am just done wasting hours of my life on something so laughable.
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ThomasReviewed in the United States on September 4, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Generic, just OK, and kinda boring
I can't really get into many of these characters and I can't say I empathize with any of them nor care what their fate will be.

The main elf lady is just annoying and that actor's acting made us pause the video and laugh a couple of times. I really like low-budget high-fantasy shows/videos with bad acting but this lady is pushing the envelope.

The elf guy squirting the evil cow-juice directly into his hand was extremely strange, but I like it's comedic timing. The star-crossed-lovers plot they have going on could work if it's handled well but it doesn't look like it's going to be. It feels like cliche-riddled filler. not to mention it's extremely creepy to me though to think about that this elf guy has been stationed at and visiting this village for the last half-dozen decades and the woman he's secretly in love with is in her late 20s. Hopefully he met her when she was already an adult instead of watching her grow up in the village from a toddler; maybe I missed that part.

The halfling's are overly silly, but maybe that's needed to balance out the I'm-so-super-serious-and-have-only-one-emotion of some other 1-dimensional characters. I just wish the hobbits didn't have such thick garish feigned Irish accents. It's almost too distracting to watch.

So far all the dwarves are my favorite characters. Need more dwarf. My only issue with them is the design of making females are easily distinguishable from the males.

The only character I absolutely hate is Elrond. In this show I feel like he's portrayed as a slick-talking fake snake-in-the-grass politicians and I don't trust a single word he says. If I didn't know anything about the lore of Arda then I'd assume he had secretly worked with/for Melkor and was now biding his time until Sauron was ready. This character is not Elrond, but hopefully his character-arc will turn him into Elrond. I have my doubts though.

Plot-wise: It's very herky-jerky and doesn't flow well at all. The scenes are usually pretty ham-fistedly written with no respect for subtext. The plot drags characters along on rails regardless of motivation.

I'll continue to watch I think. There are some threads I'd like to see resolved, and it's interesting to see what parts of the established lore the show will either adhere to or completely disrespect.

It's much better than Hobbit and Lord of the Rings from the 70s at least.

Edit: Ive watched 3 episodes and goodness Galadrial is the most annoying character I've ever seen in my life. My review _was_ 3 stars... I'm taking off a star because so many of the characters are just plain stupid/annoying.

Edit: I've watch 4 episodes and Galadrial is getting worse and worse. I'm glad there's no halflings in this episode so that's a plus at least. Its soooo boring I fell asleep. To see if I missed anything I watched a 2 hour long detailed review of the episode that was immensely more entertaining. I'm glad I fell asleep; I didn't miss anything of value. This episode has me removing another star.

Episode 5 is out now; I don't think I'm going to watch it.
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Sharon LathanReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible in every way. Disgrace to JRR Tolkien
“There is no curse in Elvish, Entish, or the tongues of Men for this treachery.”

The above quote as written by master storyteller JRR Tolkien and spoken by Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers sums up my feelings about this heinous series. In truth, I could consult a thesaurus for every negative descriptive English word and still not convey the depth of my hatred for what has been done to destroy the beautiful world created by Professor Tolkien.

To be clear: NO matter what ANYONE says, this series contains zero Tolkien. ALL of the characters are fabrications, yes even those whose names do appear in the source text, because they bear no resemblance to the lush characters Tolkien created. The “writers” had the unmitigated gall to claim they could “write the story Tolkien never did.” Outrageous!

Indeed, they have put on the screen something that Tolkien did not write because he KNEW how to craft a piece of literature, while those associated with this travesty cannot write a coherent sentence let alone a sensible plot line. Moreover, there is no doubt that the goal of Rings of Power is to subvert and destroy the timeless themes of love, faith, courage, fellowship, family, beauty, sacrifice, decency, etc. Literally everything positive has been replaced with revenge, modern social issues, hatred, stupidity, etc.. This has been done ON PURPOSE.

Personally, I will never forgive Amazon for this blatant desecration of Tolkien’s Middle Earth and nothing would make me like this show. However, I comprehend that not all share my 50+ years devotion to Tolkien or belief in respecting classic literature. So perhaps my disgust could be allayed if the show runners had at least tried to present a well-written product. They haven’t.

As a multi-published, best selling author myself, I know a bit about crafting a story. In this case, literally nothing is good. The dialogue is laughable. The plot essentially does not exist and has holes a mile wide. The pacing is abysmally slow and disjointed. Viewers are treated like idiots who cannot figure anything out. There isn’t a single character who is likable or has depth, in fact most are one-dimensional. I honestly cannot fathom how anyone with an IQ over 50 thinks this is a quality show.

In closing, I would give 0 stars if I could, but will admit that the scenery is mostly gorgeous and artwork above average, even excellent in places. The vast majority of the costumes are hideous, but a few are well done. The only other positive is the music, which isn’t Howard Shore level but good. These positives do not, in my opinion, overrule the wooden acting and pathetic script.

Heaven help us if this is what passes as quality these days. Thank God the books by JRR Tolkien will remain unsullied. My advice: Forego Rings of Power and read the novels.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on September 23, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Great CGI. Not Tolkien.
Note: CGI creators on the Rings of Power production staff, your visuals are great. The city architecture of Numenor was done incredibly well, with great attention to detail. Your work is the only value in this show up to this point. Any criticism of the overall product that is The Rings of Power in its current state is not directed at you.

Dear Amazon, you falsely advertised a fantasy show to be based on the JRR Tolkien universe, and provided a poorly written fantasy show which seems to, at best, take place in it's own fictional world inhabited by poor, dollar-store imitations of the children of Eru with incoherent references to Tolkien's core story-lines. Tolkien fans have usually read the source material several times over, we know the lore very well, we respect and admire the author's work and we consider his work to be the most important literature to define the high fantasy genre ever written. You seem to have hired writers and show-runners who have the arrogance to take liberties in trying to add-on or reshape or re-tell this original universe. If the intention was to add new story-lines to the universe, at minimum, you have the responsibility to research the environment and chronology of Tolkien's world. HIS WORLD. Your writers do not respect the source material, clearly.
And you, Amazon, you do not respect us. You have been deleting 1 and 2 star reviews of this show. Leaving 2 star reviews was disabled for some time as well. Keep this up and I will cancel my Prime membership, I will avoid purchasing from you ever, I will sell all of my Amazon stock, and I will actively advise everyone I know about your dishonest business practices and your apparently toxic corporate culture. .... Just deleting reviews because it's inconvenient. Are you kidding me?
If you were paying attention AT ALL, you would remember that Peter Jackson's Hobbit movies were significantly less popular than his LOTR trilogy. This means two things. The audience of these films is composed by a large segment of true Tolkien fans who know the lore and will tolerate a minimum amount of story infidelity. In the Hobbit movies Peter Jackson crossed this tolerance limit line several times. A wood-elf by the name of Tauriel who is in love with one of Bilbo's dwarven company does not exist. These unnecessary fabrications added nothing of value to an already rich world and cost the film disappointed viewers and negative review points. This was a mistake Peter Jackson probably learned from and wouldn't repeat. Your brilliant show-producers now are not only making the same mistake but, as I understand it, they are actually actively trying to disfigure the characters and their relationships. ... Where is Celeborn? Galadriel is married to a high-ranking elf-lord from the Doriath royal family since the First Age. They have a very healthy relationship and are very close. 'Talk to you every day if I can' kind of close. What happened? Did the writing team just not read the sources... this is ridiculous.
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Ctrl-ZReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Trash
The Shadow that bred this can only mock, it cannot make: not real new things of its own.

Amazon keeps deleting bad reviews, including mine.

This show is trash and the actions Amazon has taken to silence people are pathetic.

This show will not recover, it will just get worse. This show has nothing to do with Tolkien. The creators of this show should be ashamed.

They keep claiming reviews are not fair or hateful. This is not true.

So you want reviews to focus on what was bad, okay. Here we go.

1. The writing is that of a child's fan fiction. A discussion between Elrond and Galadriel is literally:

Galadriel: “you don’t know anything”
Elrond “I know some things”
Galadriel: “but you don’t know anything!”

2. Thus far the story cannot be found in the appendices of the return of the king. How do I know this? Because I’m a fan and have read it. Galadriel is quite literally ruling a city state by the second age, married with children. Literally the only facts we know about Galadriel in the second age and Amazon got none of them correct.

3. Outright disrespect for the source material. The writers did not just ignore Tolkiens actual writing, the show runners went out of their way to disrespect Tolkien and Tolkien fans. The latter I can forgive, it’s popular for major IP’s to disrespect fans, but to disrespect the author is unacceptable. Then to change, alter, and omit the words of Tolkien to fit the Amazon narrative is laughable and sad.

4. Where are the cities? I see mat-paintings of cities but no exploration. Just cuts to interiors.

5. No explanation for anything. Quite literally you need to have read the appendices and the silmarillion to understand anything that’s going on. And if you did you understand what the writers were trying to say, but failing at miserably. No character introductions either, who are they? Where did they come from? Why are the characters so dislikable. Truth, you had characters talk about Fëanor and the Silmarils, but new viewers won’t understabd anything. Seriously who wrote this trash, fans will understand and dislike the show because it’s so inaccurate, while new viewers will have no clue what’s going on or who anyone is.

6. Galadriel warrior princess. This is the worse part of the show. Literally this character you’ve created is not Galadriel, not even close. Did anyone read anything about Galadriel? How about her only entry in the appendices. “Galadriel is married to Celeborn”. The show didn’t even do the one thing we all know, without a shadow of a doubt about Galadriel in the second age!!!! My goodness, was it too much to ask for just a little accuracy. Take away her wisdom, her intelligence, and brilliance, fine, but at least get one fact right.

That’s all I’m willing to write about this failed show. There’s a lot more wrong with it, the list would be a mile long just for the first two trash episodes.
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NCMammothReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing story made watchable by amazing creative professionals
I give this three stars out of deference to the great work the many creative professionals who did their jobs as well as the framework of this show would allow. The departure from Tolkien’s lore, however, was a great disappointment to me, so in some ways this show deserves zero stars, as the aforementioned problem is a non-starter. That is a subjective stance though, so my review will be objective.

Great credit must be given to the world builders and the concept artists who brought this universe to life on screen. The flyover of Numenor, and the detailed depiction of Khazad-Dum were exceptional, (although the CGI was more like that of a top-notch RPG video game instead of a billion-dollar cinematic experience.) The design of the world is well thought out, honors the lore to my knowledge, and was simply wonderful to experience. The background score composers and musicians also do top notch work. In fact, if you are not paying close attention, the music is so good that it may fool you into believing that the stakes of the narrative are actually meaningful. There are also a select few acting performances that are noteworthy.

Sophia Nomvete’s Disa is the only character, so far, that I actually like. She brings levity and humor to the show, and acts in a manner consistent with what LOTR readers and movie viewers would expect from a dwarf princess. Although she does not have the beard that lore implies dwarf women do, it is plausible to assume that a princess would have different grooming habits than a common dwarf. Nazanin Boniadi’s Bronwyn character also has potential. Hopefully her arc is worth watching. The rest of the characters, sadly, are lukewarm at best and intolerable at worst. Galadriel for example, is already thousands of years old at the start of the second age; it just doesn’t parse that she’s acting like an angry teenager.

Not being a scholar of Tolkien lore, I can't nitpick what details are consistent with canon and what are not. So, I’m not going to assume a newfound passion for Arda and start fishing for problems. I respect the scholars’ critiques though, and it is disappointing to learn that so much of the lore has been tampered with. Star Wars canon being twisted into something completely different has been a tough pill to swallow, but I respect those changes as part of the industry; since Star Wars has always been an entertainment property. Tolkien’s work, however, is not an entertainment property; it is a pillar of Western literature and deserves a different level of respect.

I am interested to watch the mystery unfold of Sauron's rise and of the creation of the land of Mordor. So, from a very big picture perspective I still have some hope that this series adheres, at least in theory, to the Silmarillion. For now, however, this show is simply an unimpressive work of alternative universe fanfiction propped up to palatability by the work of many excellent creative professionals who are doing the best they can within the flawed constraints of the world they are given.
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Brianna FieglReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Nice to look at, but disappointing in lore accuracy
This show had the potential to be amazing, but unfortunately it seems the writers understand little of the Second Age. There is much I could say about the characters. I actually like the new characters they added to the story, and I feel they should’ve just made a show with entirely new characters if they weren’t willing to be true to the already established ones. Since Galadriel is the main character, I have to review her. She looks and acts like a young twenty-something human who is entirely too impulsive and weak for a powerful, ancient elf with magical powers. In fact, we see nothing of her powers whatsoever during the first 3 episodes of the show. She lacks the wisdom and presence that a great leader of the Noldor should have, and indeed she is not recognized as such by the people she interacts with. She is treated like an annoying pest that people want to get rid of instead of a mighty elf leader. In fact, the high king Gil-Galad, whose grandfather was Galadriel’s brother, dismisses her and sends her away to get her out of his hair. We see nothing of her husband Celeborn, who at this point in the Second Age she should be married to and ruling an elf city with. The writers chose to give her an angsty teenager-type arc, which is entirely inappropriate for Lady Galadriel.

The elves in general have nothing to set them apart from human race and culture other than their pointy ears and accents. In the 3rd episode, Celebrimbor quite literally references caring for an aging parent in a conversation with Elrond, which is not something he would have a concept of. The elves are not portrayed at all accurately as the ancient, powerful race they are. Some of them even look old by human standards with wrinkles and all, which is not a thing for elves.

The timeline, to anyone familiar with the events of the Second Age, is completely wrong. Elendil and Isildur are alive, which means it is sometime after the year SA 3100. However, the rings are not yet forged, which means it has to be before SA 1500. The Numenor timeline is also weird with Queen Tar-Miriel leading them, who in fact never ascended to the throne as she was forcefully married to the popular Ar-Pharazon and he took over the rule of Numenor. Tolkien fans know what happens after that.

Overall, the show is nice to look at but hard to listen to, as the dialog is lacking and often reads like a fanfic written by a teenager. Many of the known characters, including Gil-Galad and Lady Galadriel, are fundamentally different in actions and character from how they were written in the lore. The timeline will give anyone who is familiar with the lore whiplash, and the elves are a huge disappointment as it would seem the writers do not understand elves as a race at all. I feel that at this point the show has made too many mistakes with fundamental elements to right its course, but as movie Aragorn said, “There is always hope.”
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SchaeferReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable series if you ignore the original content
There's two ways to view this, as an exploration of a new story within Tolkien's world, or as a rendition of his works. Without referencing how faithful it is to the lore, this is an enjoyable if scattered series. Positives are the various sets and the accompanying special effects, the sheer scope of the project, and Elrond's journey to Khazad-dum, which I rate highly for the sheer scope and inventiveness of the dwarven realm, the interaction of the three characters especially over the dinner table, and its faithfulness to staples of Dwarven lore such as their pride, focus on clan, and personal honor. Overall the scope of the story is worth being invested in, to see this massive world being rolled out.

There are a lot of negatives mixed in that keep it from being a truly great series, however. The score is meager, sounding more like an ambient sound track than a tailored suite that heightens and softens the unfolding drama. It seems to simply ramble on in the background, oblivious to the tone and relentlessly denying us moments of quiet suspense. Some of the cinematography choices are odd, for example switching back and forth rapidly with close ups to faces in a normal discussion and broad sweeping shots that simply roll along grass, or an otherwise fantastic aerial view bisected by a large tower. Aesthetic choices such as the good guys being pearly and perfect like they just stepped out of a salon while the bad humans are ugly almost to the point of being physically malformed don't quite sit right. There are a number of odd continuity errors, such as the number of elves journeying with Galadriel fluctuating between 7 and 9, and her emerging from the sea fully awake. Things that individually can be taken in stride, but accumulatively make it fall well short of a masterpiece to rival Peter Jackson's rendition. Ultimately the rating reflects this mixed result, definitely watchable and enjoyable, but not up to the promised potential.

If we tie it to the lore, this falls apart rapidly. Characters are changed drastically in their histories, relationships, motivations, and capabilities. Timelines and geographies are twisted. Entire people are invented. Historical elements that should be seen as anchors for the story to circle around are shifted. And the writers seem to have drastically misunderstood the fundamental basis of Tolkien's world view. In interviews it was portrayed as a battle of good against evil. For Tolkien, who survived all his friends in the atrocities of the Great War, this was a discussion about modernity and its impact on the natural world, of the interference of humanity and our ambitions and desires on the natural order of things, and the choice that we possess about whether we recklessly use our resources or preserve the world. Considering that Peter Jackson also failed to honor this, especially with his decisions to shun core elements such as Tom Bombadil and the scouring of the Shire, it isn't something that I feel appropriate to hold against the writers too harshly, but if the goal of the series is to stay true to its roots I feel it has failed to hit the mark.
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