Amazon’s ‘The Rings Of Power’ Leaves Many Disappointed While Some Hold Out Hope

Amazon’s ‘The Rings Of Power’ Leaves Many Disappointed While Some Hold Out Hope


“I’ve seen a lot of reactions that have immediately suggested, ‘Oh, this is really sloppy,’” said Corey Olsen, a medieval studies scholar who goes by the moniker “Tolkien Professor” online, in a live Q&A interview. “[And] I’m feeling a little challenged in trying to orient myself.” 

He’s not alone in his reaction to “The Rings of Power,” Amazon’s $700 million dollar prequel TV series to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which premiered with two episodes this past weekend. To see Middle Earth reduced to the TV format is jarring. So is the depiction of “Commander Galadriel” and the show’s portrayal of Valinor, the elves’ undying lands.

Advance coverage, such as in TIME Magazine, leans into Hollywood hype rather than interrogation from serious Tolkien

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