“Epic drama set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.”

Directors: Wayne Yup, J.A. Bayona, Charlotte Brändström
Writers: J.R.R Tolkien, Jason Cahill, Justin Doble, Gennifer Hutchinson, Patrick McKay, John D. Payne, Bryan Cogman, Stephany Folsom, Glenise Mullins, Helen Shang
Staring: Peter Mullan, Nazanin Boniadi, Benjamin Walker, Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Maxim Baldry
Release Date: September 2, 2022

This is it. This is my breaking point. I am no longer seeking out any footage from The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power.

Here are just some of my quick thoughts on this latest trailer.

  • The trailer makes me thing the show is going to look gorgeous. Second straight trailer where the show runners are showing off their muscle in terms of visual spectacle.
  • We do get a bit more about how Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) gets motivated to be the warrior she becomes. The death of her brother has galvanized her, and she carries his knife (which we see later on the snow mountain) as a reminder.
  • We get a bit more view of the humans in this trailer than in the past. When we get the voiceover from Galadriel at the start of the trailer we get a glimpse of two humans and one elf. Is this going to be her version of the fellowship?
  • Elrond (Robert Aramayo) looks creepy as hell in the all white garb looking over the children running.
  • We get a lot of different landscapes and environments in this trailer
    • We have the grassy plains, on the ocean, in the docks, in an icy glacier, in a dying forest, in a cement throne room, the mines; we are running the whole gamut here
  • Listen, the shot of the waterfalls and the panning down is just gorgeous
  • Who the hell is this homeless or rag-tag guy running around? This well travelled man appears to have survived a ship-wreck, met with some hobbit folk and gets bestowed an apple (traditionally symbolic of knowledge so what is this man going to learn from this interaction) and then gets told by Galadriel to forget his past because what he is doing now is his true self. This man is going through a journey and it seems like a really rough one.
  • Galadriel is referred to as a Commander, so she is on a mission and she is regarded highly in terms of rank. I wonder if part of her journey is going to be discovering herself outside of a hierarchy in a realm of violence; at the end of the trailer we have Elrond trying to tell her to put down the sword, but she doesn’t know how. Could that be interpreted that she must lay down her guard and let people in close to her to trust them as well as its tangible meaning of “stop chasing danger” within the story?
  • The last bit of this trailer is a collage of action and violence. Ship explosions, slow-motion axe wielding, orcs being mowed down and classic sword spinning post kill.

Let’s all get excited for September 2nd when Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power premieres on Amazon Prime.

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