"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power": a Work that Lives Up to its Legacy

The new work of "The Lord of the Rings" has shown to have a high-level production. We tell you all the details about the premiere of "The Rings of Power"

Still from the series

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"The Lord of the Rings" is one of the most important franchises in history. After all, the saga of books created by JRR Tolkien has marked generations of writers and readers, since the story created in Middle-earth laid the foundations for the fantasy and epic genre.

In addition, it should be noted that almost all of its adaptations have been made with great care. Proof of this is the “Lord of the Rings” movie trilogy, considered one of the best movies in history. The same thing happened with the prequel trilogy of “The Hobbit” which, without being at the level of the others, has taken care of its legacy.

For this reason, the announcement of a new series on Amazon Prime Video generated many expectations. Would it be able to respect the previously generated bases? Would it be different enough to bring something new to this universe? The reality is that yes. Find out what things have been done well.

"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power", the greatest hits

First, it should be noted that this series gave Amazon Prime Video the best premiere in its history. Conceived as a special product for this platform, its launch attracted more than 25 million viewers from all over the world on its first day, breaking all its records.

This is important if we take into account its main opponent at the moment: "House of the Dragon", which will seek to achieve the same phenomenon that "Game of Thrones" obtained. In the epic fantasy genre, though, it looks like this "Lord of the Rings" series has the potential to top it. A proof of this is in its production.

This spin-off began to be thought of in 2017, when Jeff Bezos's company acquired the rights to the work for 250 million dollars. And then all the expectations increased, given that it was estimated that this first season would have a budget of more than 450 million dollars, which makes it the most expensive series in all history.

Now, have all these expectations been met? The reality is that yes. First, it should be noted that it does not “collide” with previously created stories, since it is located chronologically thousands of years before the known events in "The Hobbit" and "The Lord of the Rings", which is why new characters appear on-screen.

However, the visual essence of the work is respected, which makes it feel like a product of "The Lord of the Rings". The shots are fantastic from photography, with real settings that are combined with elements from the fictional shot. The same thing happens with the beings and creatures of this universe, which are very well-designed.

The CGI (computer generated image) is one of the best works in the history of television, which is why it is noted that there has been a good budget investment. The same thing happens with the soundtrack, which, although it is not as iconic as that of the original films, does perfectly accompany each of the adventures of the protagonists.

Narrative fidelity is also respected. The "Lord of the Rings" does not seek to be "Game of Thrones", since it does not delve into political issues or issues of blood. Instead, it does seek to make a simple story, in which good must defeat evil. For this reason, the plot is quite traditional, although the “magic” is in the settings.

The characters also have really engaging personalities. Perhaps the most outstanding is the elf Galadriel, who is a warrior who will try to achieve her goal in Middle-earth. Anyway, the cast is very complete, and each one brings something different to the plot.

Finally, there is an additional element that they are crafting to perfection: the loose ends. The plot leaves some holes on purpose, in order for fans to be able to make theories and comment on what will happen in the following episodes. This is something that adds a plus to the story, since it allows you to hook from minute 0.

Thus, through a weekly premiere format, the idea is to “excite” fans with a story that has continuity, which is why the shooting of a second season has already been announced. But what is clear is that, until now, it has been able to do things properly and many are already waiting for the next release.

Now available on Amazon Prime Video!