If there’s one thing that is known about JRR Tolkien’s writing, it’s that he spent decades building the lore of his world. From detailed maps to creation stories for every race and culture, from languages to entire kingdoms, Tolkien spared no effort in creating his canon, formerly known as the Tolkien Legendarium. When Peter Jackson adapted his works for the big screen, he really delved into the lore embedded in the pages of the books and tried to incorporate and incorporate as much of that as possible into his trilogy adaptations of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. However, Jackson also took many creative liberties, altering scenes, adding entirely new characters, and expanding large parts of the narrative into something that departed from Tolkien’s original concepts.
Now, with the release of the last one Rings of Power Trailers have raised questions about whether the Amazon TV series will do the same. It has been made abundantly clear that the series will focus on some of the lesser-known stories from Tolkien’s The Silmarillion, detailing the creation of Middle-earth, the Trees of Valinor, the quest for the Silmarils, and other important events from the first and second Age of Middle-earth before the Quest for Erebor and the War of the Ring took place in the Third Age. But will she Rings of Power series stick to Tolkien’s content, or will it embellish and exaggerate until the screen version becomes better known and believed than the original books?
There are many promising depictions in the latest trailer that look like they’ll incorporate the law already present in Tolkien’s Legendarium. For example, the appearance of Gil-Galad in the elven realm of Lindon promisingly outlines the events of the Last Alliance, the great resistance to Sauron’s evil championed by elves and humans Lord of the Rings as Frodo and Samwise are led through the Death Marshes.
Exploring Galadriel’s history and how she became involved in the great battles of the earlier ages, as well as her relationship with Elrond, has also appeared in both trailers, suggesting the creators will be sticking with their story as well. And the introduction of the Harfoots, one of the 3 types of hobbits that would later inhabit the Shire, and the lineage from which both Bilbo and Frodo are known to come from, everything points to the show’s creators drawing on Tolkiens as much as possible original desires and intentions for the traditions of his world.
However, some discrepancies have already come to light that indicate that they could proceed in a similar way The Hobbit Movies where the play’s core narrative strand largely adheres to Tolkien’s concept and cannon, but is then added and built upon to create the kind of suspense, action and exploration required for such a big-budget, high-stakes program.
For example, Arondir and his enslavement, presumably at the hands of the Orcs, is an interesting twist never seen before, and the politics between Tar Miriel and her cousin Ar Pharzon looks set to play out differently as well do his book Alter Ego. There’s a lot of exciting scope for these characters, and if done well, they could really enhance the relationships expressed and all the right and varied levels of the story. However, if they don’t do it well, they could unravel some of Tolkien’s best lore.
Another typical example of this is the depiction in the pendants of the dwarves. Criticism arose after the image of Princess Disa and her lack of hair, contradicting Tolkien’s original vision that “dwarf women are almost indistinguishable from men”. Similarly, in the recent trailer there were some interactions between Durin 3rd and his son Durin 4th, but according to Tolkien’s lore there could never be more than one at a time as they were essentially a long line of the same one spirit reincarnated into different bodies, just when they die.
All these things have arisen because of the rings of power‘s use of a compressed timeline, allowing them to examine several pivotal events that occurred in the first and second ages without them having to be thousands of years apart. By compressing the timeline and seeing events coincide, they stick to Tolkien’s lore but deftly shift perspective around it to make it compelling and alluring to these already familiar and beloved characters. Now the only concern is how far they will change things and if they will inadvertently override Tolkien’s lore entirely.
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