‘Rings of Power’ EP insists the collection is not a ‘Lord of the Rings’ prequel, regardless of appearances
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power government producer Lindsey Weber says he doesn’t think about the collection a prequel.
“The first thing I would say is we don’t really think of it as a prequel, though it is before. Something about the word prequel seems to suggest you need to know what comes later to appreciate it. It’s sort of like an appendage to a preexisting thing, and we don’t feel that way about this.”
The Rings of Power relies on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and takes place within the Second Age whereas the occasions in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings happen within the Third Age. In the collection, Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is on the hunt for Morgoth after the loss of life of her brother Finrod (Will Fletcher). She believes an ideal evil is rising and all those that dwell in Middle-earth should put together for the worst as darkness spreads throughout the land.
The collection clearly takes place previous to the occasions in Peter Jackson’s common movies, however Weber doesn’t imagine individuals are required to know something about Middle-earth earlier than watching the collection.
“This is a story that you can appreciate if you’ve not read the books, if you’ve not seen the movies, there is an on-ramp for you This could be your first introduction to Middle-earth and we would be honored if it does become that for people, and it winds up turning people on to read the books – it would be a thrill for us.”
The first two episodes dropped on September 1 and there are already many theories about the place the story will go. Someone fell from the sky possessing magical talents and there’s the thriller of what’s in King Durin’s field. At this level, there are extra questions than solutions, however all will likely be revealed as the journey continues.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power comes out Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Prime Video.