“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Early Reactions Call it a Beautiful, Joyous Return to Middle-earth
The early reactions to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are in, and it sounds as if the return quest to Middle-earth has been worth the wait. The much discussed, hugely ambitious, massively expensive new series from Prime Video will be airing its first two episodes on the big screen in select theaters for some fans, but for most of us, the 8-episode epic will be playing out on our screens. So what are people saying about this sweeping series, set in Middle-earth’s Second Age and chronicling the return of the Sauron and the early lives of some of J.R.R. Tolkien’s most beloved characters, Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elron (Robert Aramayo)?
Bold. Beautiful. Powerhouse storytelling. Magnetic characters. Folks? We might have not one but two must-see fantasy epics on our hands now, with The Rings of Power joining HBO’s House of the Dragon. We’re not complaining.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is unlike Peter Jackson’s two trilogies (The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit) in some major ways, the most crucial of all being the new series does not come from a specific Tolkien novel. The thrust of the action comes from the rich mythology Tolkien created around his stories to give them weight, history, and texture. With the young Galadriel at the series center, The Rings of Power is set thousands of years before the events in Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” and will follow the young heroine on a quest to wake the slumbering realms up to the fact that a great evil has returned.
Without further ado, let’s take a quick peek at what the early reactions to the series have been thus far. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere on Prime Video on September 2.
Two episodes of #TheRingsOfPower in and … so far, so good! The production value is pretty remarkable. One breathtaking visual after the next, and the level of detail in the costume and production design is something else. As for the story/characters … pic.twitter.com/n2HeKHdKPM
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) August 24, 2022
I’ve seen #RingsofPower and I can say for certain you’re in for a treat. Big, bold, and beautiful to behold. TBD if it’ll sit alongside Jackson’s films or deserve Tolkien’s name, but for now it’s all the maximalist pizazz one might expect from a historically expensive production. pic.twitter.com/Fgwh5L8eYC
— Eric Francisco (@EricFrancisco24) August 24, 2022
But I’m very encouraged with the first two #RingsofPower episodes overall. Each pocket of civilization they visit puts forth a new perspective and mythical cultural wonders. Straightforward plot mixed with starry eyes. #LordOfTheRings
— Brandon Katz (@Great_Katzby) August 24, 2022
#TheRingsofPower is definitely a promising return to Middle-earth based on the first episodes. Stunning visuals, compelling characters, and a magnetic lead in Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel, who refuses to surrender the widely-held belief that Sauron is defeated. Can’t wait for more. pic.twitter.com/XNf9Xie0Qm
— Carly Lane-Perry (@carlylane) August 24, 2022
“Rings of Power” is a cinematic experience. In a perfect world, we would watch it on a big screen. It’s pure Tolkien and yet feels very connected to Peter Jackson’s movies. The FX are brilliant, the acting is superb and the PROLOGUE itself will destroy any awful feeling you had. pic.twitter.com/OQujU0qOYP
— Salem (@rodrigosalem) August 24, 2022
Yup, I’ve seen the first two episodes of THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER. So far, it’s incredibly fun and promising, but moreover, gorgeous. Watch on the biggest screen you can. My only caveat is I can easily see how the plot could fall apart beyond Ep 2 or totally rule pic.twitter.com/c6pwFej8nC
— Meghan O’Keefe (@megsokay) August 24, 2022
I have seen the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and they are a total joy. Watching it feels like stepping back into Middle-earth. I cannot wait to see where this story goes.
— Devan Coggan (@devancoggan) August 24, 2022
Watched the first 2 episodes of #TheRingsOfPower and it’s a powerhouse of storytelling that reaffirms why I love LOTR and the kind of world building that empowers and inspires. Also, badass women. Can’t forget about them! ❤️ @LOTRonPrime @PrimeVideo pic.twitter.com/8ss0ixNb3n
— Lyra Hale ✍️🏳️🌈🇵🇷 (@TheAltSource) August 24, 2022
Having seen the first two episodes of #RingsOfPower, I have to admit I was surprised how much I liked it. The lush and expansive series very much breathes new life into the franchise. And it’s a show that I think people will enjoy once they allow themselves to be sucked into it.
— Stacy Lambe (@sllambe) August 24, 2022
I watched the first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: it’s grand, bold, and ambitious, and I absolutely loved it. The shots of Middle-earth were stunning and I wish everyone could see it on the big screen pic.twitter.com/agmGn3PrbZ
— Kat Moon 孟祥悅 (@katxmoon) August 24, 2022
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Featured image: Morfydd Clark is Galadriel in “Lord of the Rings of Power.” Courtesy Ben Rothstein/Amazon Prime Video.