JRR Tolkien fans rejoiced when the cast and creators of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” took over San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.
Social media was buzzing with excitement as people waited for new previews of the “Second Age of Middle-earth,” which was set to launch September 2 on Amazon Prime, and they weren’t disappointed.
“The Rings of Power” takes place thousands of years before the events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings”. The eight-part series will explore how great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory, fell to ruin, and how the greatest villain threatened to bring the world down.
“LOTR” fans will recognize familiar characters as the series delves into the lives of younger versions of the elves Galadriel (Morfydd Clark, played by Cate Blanchett in the films) and Elrond (Robert Aramayo, originally played by Hugo Weaving).
Here are the biggest highlights from “The Lord of the Rings” panels at Comic-Con.
The famous Hall H
The event kicked off with Emmy-winning composer Bear McCreary, who created the score for the show, taking the stage with a 25-piece orchestra and 16-person choir for a live performance of excerpts from the tape. original from the unreleased series, according to Amazon. Prime press release.
The cast and the creators
Tolkien superfan Stephen Colbert was featured as the surprise moderator and spoke with showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay and executive producer Lindsey Weber about making the multi-season drama.
They were joined by 21 actors: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.
The big revelations
Attendees were treated to an epic new trailer, which includes a glimpse of the re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth and a glimpse of the island of Númenor, which had never been seen on screen before.
Viewers think they’ve gotten a look at an ancient Sauron, who “LOTR” fans know as the antagonist from the original films in search of the One Ring and is able to disguise his appearance. Actor Anson Boon transforms into a mysterious pale figure.
And a quick look at the Balrog – the demonic monster from an encounter in “The Fellowship of the Ring” – is seen at the end of the new trailer.
Some fans also believe the trailer showed a slight look at Morgoth, the first Dark Lord of Middle-earth and master and predecessor of Sauron. In a brief clip, they believe he can be seen destroying trees.
Additionally, five scenes from the series were shown, as well as 22 special character artworks were unveiled during the presentation.
Live stream Q&A
Patton Oswalt hosted the livestream for Amazon Prime for those who weren’t at Comic-Con. He was joined by Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), Charlie Vickers (Halbrand), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Queen Regent Míriel), Trystan Gravelle (Pharazôn), Maxim Baldry (Isildur), Lloyd Owen (Elendil), Ema Horvath (Eärien) and Leon Wadham (Kemen).
Each actor walked the line, teasing a bit about their character’s situation when fans first met. Clark marveled at the costume design and cosplay.
“It was just a dream, and I grew up with those books and those stories and I definitely pretended to be like most of the characters in the movies at different times,” Clark said, before approach the drawings. “When we were doing the Galadriel armor, Kate Hawley designed everything. She loves it all. And she said to me, ‘I’m going to make it difficult for them. I’m going to make them really work. And so when I see this cosplayer, like, I know what an achievement is. And yes, it is such an honor.
Vickers talked about the training that followed the role, while Addai-Robinson teased the Queen’s specific line in the trailer, and Wadham described Kemen’s family life.
Horvath, who plays Isildur’s sister Eärien, talked about learning to write Númenórean, while Owen and Baldry teased their father-son dynamic.
“It’s a complex relationship between father and son,” Baldry said, and Owen added, “All I can say is don’t always blame the parents.”
Before they finished, Oswalt asked what fans can expect, with Addai-Robinson perfectly declaring, “I think it’s really going to have an emotional range. Because, even for us, we have finally, recently, started seeing some of the images ourselves. You are going to laugh. You will cry. You will be shocked, you will be impressed.
“And to me, the best stories really capture the full range of human emotions,” she continued. “So I think you’re going to get all the feels.”
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” launches September 2 on Amazon Prime.