Middle-earth of the Rings of Power will be very different from the movies
Prime Video’s Middle-earth Coming Soon The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power the series will be different from the Middle-earth represented in Peter Jackson The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings movies. Rings of Power concept artist John Howe spoke to Empire Review on the design of the Second Age of Middle-earth and how it compares to the Third Age, i.e. when The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. The differences are, according to Howe, considerable because the Second Age is an era of construction and expansion and less marked by war than the Third Age.
“It’s not Middle-earth you remember,” Howe says. “It’s a very dynamic world. The elves are not hiding in Mirkwood or lingering in Rivendell. They are busy building kingdoms. The dwarf kingdom of Moria is not an abandoned mine and the Gray Havens aren’t an abandoned city yet. I loved having the opportunity to explore this untold story.”
It is not just the political atmosphere that will be different in power rings. While The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were landlocked adventures, power rings will take the high seas of Middle-earth.
“We are finally sailing the oceans of Middle-earth,” says Howe. This will include spending time with sea-bound elves. “They are intimidating and enterprising and are almost colonizing the world. They were great fun to imagine. the Lord of the Rings neither Hobbit movies have gone a long way.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power takes place thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, during the Second Age of Middle-earth. It begins during a period of relative peace following the defeat of Morgoth, Sauron’s master. The series chronicles the lives and adventures of its cast and promises to visit the Misty Mountains, the forest elf capital of Lindon and the shores of the island kingdom of Númenor.
The series is led by showrunners and executive producers JD Payne & Patrick McKay. They are joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, JA Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond and Sharon Tal Yguado, and producers Ron Ames and Christopher Newman. Wayne Che Yip is co-executive producer and director with JA Bayona and Charlotte Brändström. The show’s full cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle , Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power debuts on Prime Video on September 2.