The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones both have their immense share of contributions to the world of pop culture. When it was announced that the prequels The Rings of Power and House of the Dragons would be released back to back without much time, the fandoms took no time to clash with each other on who’s the best. But now it seems that the LotR fans have gained an upper hand as its prequel has proven to be superior to the GoT prequel based on the ratings. While both of them fall under the single roof of Fantasy, there are significant contrasts in tonality and the storyline of both universes.
The Rings of Power succeeds to dominate
The latest addition to The Lord of the Rings universe is the Rings of Power series which will be released on Amazon Prime. This series is set in the Second age of Middle Earth and is set thousand years before the events of the Oscar-winning film trilogy that was spearheaded by Peter Jackson. According to reports, the early reviews of the premiere of this series have been better than the GoT prequel.
‘THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER’ debuts on Rotten Tomatoes with 85% from 82 reviews.
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) August 31, 2022
On the other hand, the House of the Dragon which serves as the prequel to the hit series Game of Thrones also had an amazing premiere. Even after the concluding seasons of GoT being considered extremely underwhelming, the premiere of the prequel was praised by many. But now as the Rings of Power premiere starts to level up to the House of the Dragons in terms of the early reviews, the rivalry is more than ever.
Although considering the popularity of the original trilogy and the whopping budget, Bezos and company invested in the LotR prequel, some people are still skeptical about the show based on the 85% RT rating (that the show has received till the time this article is being written).
Does RT rating matter anyway?
Even though the rivalry on which is the best fantasy show continues between the fans, some people were wise enough to conclude that until the content is open to them, RT ratings don’t matter to them. Despite the early reviews being positive about the show, RT ratings can’t be blindly believed as, in the past, we have seen many times when the ratings didn’t resonate with the show. While some got far more than what they deserved, some faced the opposite scenario.
Now it will be worth waiting till the premiere of The Rings of the Power is open to all the general audiences so we can find out if the RT ratings were true enough and if the fans are genuinely loving the Ring saga more than the internal politics of the Targaryen House.
LOTR: The Rings of Power will start streaming on Amazon Prime from September 2, 2022, while House of the Dragon is streamed every week on HBO and HBO Max