For decades, J. R. R. Tolkien’s high fantasy books have captivated readers all around the world. The author’s fascinating world was brought to life and colored by film and television adaptations of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. These were enormously successful.
The Rings of Power series, which is available on Amazon Prime, is the most recent addition to the Lord of the Rings realm. This series takes place in the Second Age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before the events of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy.
The Lord Of The Rings Universe is expanding
Showrunner Patrick McKay explained in The Official The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Podcast that there is a lot more to the show’s potential universe than was explored in Season 1. He stated that,
“One of the first conversations we had with Amazon about this is the feeling that Tolkien’s world was much vaster than the limited geography traversed in the Lord of the Rings books and The Hobbit, and that there are great islands to the west in Númenor at this time. There’s Valinor even further west and then east there’s an entire continent Rhûn that has never been visited and never explored. All we know is the stars are strange there.”
The Rings of Power scriptwriters seem to have a long time to explore Tolkien’s world, as they’ve announced that they’re already planning five seasons. Season 2 has already begun filming just outside of London, England, so these plans are already underway. Lindsey Weber, the show’s executive producer, has high hopes for the next seasons as well, stating that Season 2 would be “grittier, more intense, and maybe a little scarier.”
The showrunners also intend to include more iconic settings, Middle-earth characters, and a two-episode battle. Taking all of this into account, the show has set a high standard for itself, and it may require all of the assistance it can get not only to preserve current readership but also to attract a larger audience.
Lord Of The Rings moving toward Game Of Thrones’ direction
Both The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones has made significant contributions to the world of pop culture. With the new move that Rings of Power have set itself to explore, it’s following in the footsteps of Game of Thrones.
There has always been a looming question in Game of Thrones about “What’s west of Westeros?” and finally we see Arya Stark (played by Maisie Willaims) embarking on a journey towards the west by the end of season 8 of Game of Thrones opening the doors for possible sequels and spin-offs. Showrunner Patrick McKay used the same tactic to expand the Tolkienverse for more sequels.
Though of course, there are no complaints and we, being a fan of both the universe, are excited to see what the future holds for us. The Rings of Power is streaming on Amazon Prime Video.