Star of “Rings of Power” Hints to Prosperous Middle-Earth in LOTR Prequel

Lloyd Owen, star of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” teases that Middle-earth will be more prosperous in the new series than it was in Peter Jackson’s trilogy. The new Prime Video series, which is based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s well-known fantasy books, is ready to introduce viewers to a fresh tale set in Middle-earth. “The Rings of Power” takes place thousands of years earlier, in the affluent Second Age, as opposed to Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy, which takes place in the Third Age.

Several of the upcoming episodes’ characters, both new and recurring, have already been hinted at in the series’ trailers. While there are many new people to get to know, Middle-earth also seems to have a very distinct appearance. “The Rings of Power,” like Jackson’s trilogy, shot its first season in New Zealand to take advantage of the country’s stunning natural scenery, but the majority of the show’s more modern settings are rather different. Khazad-dûm and Numenor have been featured in “The Rings of Power” trailers, and now Owen, who plays Elendil, indicates just how different this version of Middle-earth will be.

In a recent interview with People, Owen gave a few ideas about what to expect from Middle-earth in “The Rings of Power,” noting that the program takes place during a time when numerous civilizations are flourishing. In contrast to Jackson’s trilogy, which is set in a time when many locations are dilapidated and abandoned, such as the dwarves’ Moria, the new series on Prime Video depicts these locations “in the height of their powers.” See Owen’s entire reply down below:

“If you only know the films — which are based on those books — that’s a really dark point in middle earth history. There’s not a lot left for everyone. And so you’re just stuck in that one bit of world, that bit of Middle-earth. This time, which is thousands of years before, what you’ll actually find is so many civilizations at their absolute peak of their powers at the top of their game. So the dwarves of Khazad-dûm, who are essentially gone in the third age, you see them and their minds at the height of their power, the elves at the peak of their power, Númenor at the peak of its power.”

Owen’s comment implies that many of Middle races, earth including Men, elves, and dwarves, will be portrayed in the show at a pivotal point in their respective histories, in addition to a number of prominent settings, including Numenor, a kingdom of Men not included in Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. It appears that viewers will get to see what Middle-earth looks like when things are really running rather well, unlike most of the cities audiences encountered in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit were either badly decrepit or abandoned entirely. Interestingly, Owen doesn’t include Harfoots, the show’s predecessors to the Hobbits, probably because they had a simpler, more nomadic lifestyle.

Some of what Owen is describing has been hinted at in the trailers for the forthcoming Prime Video series, with Numenor, in particular, standing out from other civilizations previously shown in the franchise. Of course, while seeing this new period of Middle-earth in “The Rings of Power” will undoubtedly be thrilling, this change also means that the program will feel significantly different from Jackson’s trilogy, which may take some getting used to for die-hard fans. Thanks to the impending release of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” viewers won’t have to wait too much longer to experience this unique interpretation of Middle-earth.

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