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‘House of the Dragon proves characters, story should always be priority’: Game of Thrones Fans School Lord of the Rings Fans on Critical Failure of The Rings of Power

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House of the Dragon is definitely one of the most impressive shows of this year (so far), with both episodes amassing more than 10 million views (the second episode even got a 2% increase in viewership!). Just a week after the release of the prequel to Game of Thrones, another worthy competitor has shown up in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power 

Based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels and works on The Lord of the Rings, a new show based during the time of the Second Age of Middle-earth called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was released on 1st September. However, it hasn’t lived up to the hype and GoT fans are pretty critical of the show.

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A still from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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GoT Fans Are Not Entertained by The Rings of Power

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, just like House of the Dragon, is a prequel to the original popular movies of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings movie series.

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Another still from the show

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It’s set about a thousand years before the stories of The Hobbit and TLOR take place, even covering the events when the legendary artifacts called the Rings of Power were being made, as well as the rise of Sauron.

Despite raking in pretty decent reviews from critics,  GoT fans aren’t too impressed with the show, and eventually voiced their opinions about the show on Twitter. Here are some of them-

One fan argues that comparing the two is completely fair because of the richness in lore-

Another complained about not having popular actors in the show-

Morfydd Clark’s portrayal of Galadriel, or the character in general, was an object of scrutiny for HotD fans-

This guy definitely didn’t like it-

This fan was critical of the dialogue, as well as Galadriel’s character in the show-

It’s completely fair for debates surrounding the topic of which show is better to happen, but The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a solid show on its own. Just because a rival fanbase does not like doesn’t mean you avoid the show.

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Amazon Shuts Down Reviews For The Rings of Power

Much like how She-Hulk: Attorney at Law got review bombed, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is another show that is suffering the same fate right now, and Amazon is not having any of it.

The show, based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s epic fantasy novels, was reviewed-bombed due to various factors, one of them having a certain lot complaining about the show’s diversity.

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The logo for Amazon Prime Video

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The show’s rating on its first days saw it have a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (it has gone up to 84% now). Reviews on Amazon weren’t too great either, leading to the Jeff Bezos-led company completely shutting off the review option.

One Amazon source explains the reason behind Amazon’s actions in the review section, explaining that the reviewing was not allowed for 72 hours in order to ensure that trolls are deterred and that reviews for the show have legitimacy. The source also claimed that this was part of a policy that Prime Video implemented for all its shows starting this summer.

The majority of the reviews criticized it for various reasons- virtue-signaling diversity casting, boring acting, a soulless plot, and so on. But at the end of the day, only you can judge the show for good it is by yourself, why waste an opportunity to experience what could be a great piece of media for you by listening to someone else’s opinion?

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: Twitter, and another source, also Twitter.

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.