The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power finally dropped its first teaser trailer during last weekend’s Super Bowl. And even as fans keep poring over every individual frame to uncover new story details about the highly-anticipated series, they probably won’t get very far without some help from the people who made it. Luckily, showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are happy to lend a hand.
Payne and McKay offered new insights about Amazon Prime’s foray into Middle-earth during a recent interview with Vanity Fair. Naturally, the forging of the titular rings are going to play a big role in the coming saga. But we can also look forward to watching other epic storylines starring some very familiar characters. This includes the rise of Sauron (“when he was a physical villain”) and the evolution of Elrond.
“We told Amazon we wanted to do four or five stories that are the big epics of the Second Age,” said McKay. “We’re going back thousands of years to when the party was in full swing. We’re going to see the elf capital of Lindon where Elrond is a young up-and-coming operator within the political scene of the high elves during their glory day.”
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Robert Aramayo (pictured above) is taking over for Hugo Weaving as a much younger Elrond. And according to Payne, the show will explore how the character adopted the cynical personality he famously displayed in J.R.R. Tolkien’s original Lord of the Rings trilogy.
“Elrond, we know from the Third Age, has a pretty bleak view on humans,” said Payne. “He says, ‘Men are weak’ because he’s seen the foibles of humankind. In some ways the Third Age is almost post-apocalyptic Middle-earth. The elves have one foot out the door…. We’re going to watch as Elrond goes from optimistic to a bit more world-weary.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will hit Amazon Prime on September 2.
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