Like so many others before me, J. R. R. Tolkien’s works were my introduction to high fantasy. I was enthralled when I first read The Hobbit back in the fourth grade and it wouldn’t be long before Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy would capture my imagination and not let go.
And so I’d like to bring up one of my favorite moments from the second movie, The Two Towers. During the Battle of Helm’s Deep, not long after the walls are breached and our heroes are ordered to fall back for safety. The elf Haldir is clipped by an uruk blade and for a brief moment is knocked out of his combat mindset and looks to see all of the other elves that had joined him in battle, all dead. The look of horror and disbelief at seeing his kin and comrades-in-arms slain on the battlefield is haunting and ultimately fatal for him as he’s soon struck down.
The thing is, none of this was in the books. No Lórien elves come to honor their alliance with men, no moment of tragedy as they gave their lives for a slim chance of victory, no Aragorn getting only a moment to mourn before he furiously throws himself at the enemy to avenge his fallen friend. And yet, I still love this scene. Not just because Aragorn socking a six-foot-something monster in the face was undoubtedly cool but because the preceding moment stays true to Tolkien’s writing of how terrible and grim war is, and how heartbreaking it is lose someone close even in the battle for life and freedom. It’s fan-created, but it honors the spirit of the story.
But let’s table that for later…
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the latest series from Amazon Prime Video and created by Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. It stars Morfydd Clark, Charlie Vickers, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Nazanin Boniadi, Tyroe Muhafidin, Lloyd Owen, Maxim Baldry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Megan Richards, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, and Trystan Gravelle.
The series acts as prequel to The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings being set during the Second Age, before the crafting of the Rings of Power and the fall of Sauron during the War of the Last Alliance. It follows the personal quests of elves, men, proto hobbits and mysterious entities all over Middle-earth.
But how is it?
Fair warning, Spoilers are to follow.
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