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Fans who have been privy to the new The Lord of the Rings TV series on Prime Video are raving about the show and the direction it's going in.
Despite the first episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power set to be released in September, some J.R.R. Tolkien experts have been lucky enough to see a sneak peek of the show.
GAMINGbible reports that 30 die-hard fans had the first look into the prequel series in London, and praise has been pouring out all over Twitter.
One fan wrote: “@LOTROnPrime had me and @tolkienprof to London last week to see bits of the #RingsofPower, Tolkien’s Oxford, & to meet the show runners, who kept up with the best of us.
"Their passion & knowledge made me feel like they were one of us, they get it. I’m feeling very optimistic!”
@LOTROnPrime had me and @tolkienprof to London last week to see bits of the #RingsofPower, Tolkien’s Oxford, & to meet the show runners, who kept up with the best of us. Their passion & knowledge made me feel like they were one of us;they get it. I’m feeling very optimistic! pic.twitter.com/dBWq3x4v9w— Dr. Maggie Parke (@MaggieParke) May 9, 2022
While another fan admitted the show is in very ‘good hands’.
They wrote: “Last week, I was invited by the @LOTRonPrime folks, along with a bunch of other internet Tolkien folks, to attend an advanced screening of some footage from the #RingsofPower show and to meet the showrunners.
"I must say: after meeting them, I feel the show is in VERY good hands.”
Little is known about the upcoming series, but what we do know is that it will take place thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Variety reports that the show will cost a hefty USD$465 million for its first season, which will include eight episodes.
It’s also been revealed that rather than production being shot in New Zealand, season two's shooting location was moved to the UK due to pandemic, according to THR.
Among economic reasons and half the cast hailing from the UK, production decided to move the shooting location due to New Zealand’s strict lockdown policy.
Concept artist for the show John Howe also teased to Empire Magazine that this won't be the ‘Middle Earth’ fans are familiar with. Instead, it will tap into a ‘vibrancy’ lacking in previous films.
He said: “This is a world that's very vibrant. The elves are not hidden away in Mirkwood or lingering in Rivendell. They're busy constructing kingdoms.
"The dwarven kingdom of Moria is not an abandoned mine and the Grey Havens is not yet an abandoned city.
“I loved having the opportunity to explore that unseen history.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to be released September 2.
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