Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power recently had a panel at SDCC, where a brand new trailer was revealed.
The first full-length trailer for Rings Of Power was powerful and moving, while keeping story details fairly close to the chest. Before digging into the new Comic-Con trailer, which unveiled much more in terms of plot, fans should know that The Rings Of Power is a loose adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Second Age stories of Middle-Earth, which take place thousands of years before The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings.
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER: OFFICIAL SDCC TRAILER
“We thought the war, at last, was ended,” proclaimed Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel, as she placed one fallen soldiers helm on a disturbingly large pile of fallen warriors. Presumably, she refers to the great battle against Morgoth, one of Middle-Earth’s first and greatest evils. Ironically. The second shot of the Rings of Power trailer is of Elrond, looking onto the crowning of Galadriel with a smile. From ashes to new, I suppose.
Galadriel goes on to explain that, “We thought our joys would be un-ending. We thought our light would never dim.” What naivete led them to those assumptions, one can only wonder, for from where I’m sitting, Middle Earth isn’t the sort of place that fosters light and joy for extensive periods of time. We’re told that “The skies are strange”, which could be a reference to the changing of the light from the trees seen in the first trailer to that of sunlight, or it could mean something else entirely.
Someone tells Galadriel that the moment they long dreaded has arrived, before the elven warrior puts her hand on a crystal ball. Immediately, intense visions of war, catastrophe, orc-violence and death magically assault her, bringing her to tears.
LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER IS COMPOSED BY BEAR MCCREARY
Bear McCreary (recently announced as the official composer for Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power) has some immensely big shoes to fill, following in the wake of legendary composer Howard Shore, who created the musical stylings of the original Lord Of The Rings trilogy. But if this first trailer is any indication, McCreary may just be up to the task. His incredible genre work on projects such as Godzilla: King Of The Monsters and Marvel’s Agents Of Shield doesn’t hurt his credibility either. As his orchestral majesty winds up and intensifies, so does the trailer.
A brief shot of Sauron, before he was reduced to a floating eyeball on a tower, is intercut with promises of great darkness over the horizon. We’re told that “Evil does not sleep” and that terrible tragedy could spell doom for the peoples of Middle-Earth. After Galadriel reveals that “He has not one name, but many”, a creepy old-man asks a young boy if he has ever heard of Sauron. His role as the central prince of darkness and luciferian figure of this story is cemented quickly, setting up a more-than-promising villain for Amazon Prime’s Rings Of Power.
THE RINGS OF POWER TRAILERS HAVE BEEN WONDERFULLY PROMISING
Interludes promise viewers that through Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power, we can discover the legend of how the rings were forged. While this is certain to be a massive, sprawling epic with several plot threads running at once, this indicates that the forging of the Rings will be a fairly integral element of this new Tolkien TV series.
A fellowship is formed, swords are drawn, and the stage is properly set for a fantastic, extraordinary duel of good and evil, light and dark, right and wrong. The sheer scope and scale of this production can be felt strongly in the new SDCC Rings Of Power trailer. From the set design, to the costuming, to the special effects, it’s obvious that this show has a bigger budget than most movies.
The visual presentation is certainly not a big hurdle for the creative team to jump, as they seem to have a very solid grasp on that element of Tolkien’s vast legend. If they can couple the beauty of the cinematography with the nuance, intricacies and themes that made the original work so powerful, Rings Of Power could be a one-of-a-kind treat for fantasy fans.
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