The Rings of Power: Almost 20 years after that farewell smile that Frodo gives to his Hobbit friends, before setting sail for Valinor, and now, with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, we return to those immortal lands, to discover how that infamous object was created and how the long battle of the free peoples of Middle-earth against the Dark Lord Sauron began.
20 years is a long time for a generation that has been enchanted by the work of Peter Jackson and even earlier by the majestic work of J. R. R. Tolkien, whose world returns to shine on the screen, which unfortunately this time is not the big one of cinema, but the small one. streaming, thanks to Prime Video, which provides time, strength, and a considerable amount of money in the creation of a sumptuous series, for which five seasons are scheduled.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the plot
We are in the first Era, Telperion and Laurelin flood Valinor with their own light, when the world is young and Galadriel, a little helix princess, is already trampling the meadows of the Immortal Lands. But when the darkness comes to extinguish the light of the two trees, the war flares up and the lady of the light, long before becoming the ruler of Lothlorien, goes into battle in Middle-earth, to annihilate the threat of Sauron.
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Led by J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay, showrunner and executive producer, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power immediately shows its cinematic nature, not just because it features first-rate visual effects, but because it's actually a return to that Earth. di Mezzo that Jackson had made us love in the room.
We are back in the same world, you can feel the same tastes and smells, almost, but we are also aware that we are in a different time, more wild, primordial, in some respects full of life and possibilities, but also very young and dangerous. A Middle-earth in its dawn, where the clash between evil and good is in its prime and the Rings of Power have not yet been forged.
Men are still on the fringes of the fate of the world, while the elves are on good terms with the dwarves and even entertain themselves with them. A childhood of the world already marred by evil, which, as in any Genesis, is born together with good, together with life, as well as heroism, cowardice, beauty, and deception.
We're back in Middle-earth, but that's not what we know
Tolkien's work pays homage to these great narrative archetypes, and the Prime Video series makes them its own and transmits them to its very rich characters, expanding their motivations and actions, adapting the text, and putting it at the service of a narrative that proceeds following different characters and situations, which will probably all converge towards the final confrontation (at the time of writing, only the first two episodes of the series have been seen, so it is impossible to understand how the story will develop).
Faced with such a rich and detailed mass of material, choices have been made that pass, especially those of casting, through a lens that makes the population of Middle-earth contemporary, which is enriched by ethnic groups, which, except for an initial disorientation effect, does not affect the plot, characters and their paths at all.
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For example, the idea of a colored elf, who on paper actually makes us turn up our noses (since we are used to white and diaphanous elves), on the screen, it is absolutely natural, indeed, the color of the skin of Ismael Cruz Córdova, who interprets the wood elf Arondir, has absolutely no influence or relevance to the character.
The same goes for colored dwarfs and dwarfs who, yes, in case the purists are wondering, have long sideburns of soft, curly hair. But we are talking about characters never seen on the big screen and who, whether they are fictional characters for the series, such as Arondir himself, or characters of the very first rank in Tolkien mythology, such as the high King Gil-galad, have no terms of comparison.
The casting choices
The situation is different for those characters that the public knows and loves because they were seen in action in The Lord of the Rings, and perhaps right here lies one of the few spots of this serial adaptation: Robert Aramayo, the young Elrond, is perhaps the 'the only case of an unhappy cast in a long series of choices that are instead enlightened. And it is not only because the charisma of Hugo Weaving (the film Elrond) is unattainable, but also because the character, as it is written and interpreted, does not seem to reflect those characteristics that are expected of an immortal icon.