The trailer for Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power debuted on Sunday during the Super Bowl, revealing for the first time how the wildly ambitious new series for Amazon Prime Video is bringing the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth to life.
The 60-second teaser for the show, set thousands of years before Peter Jackson's six feature films adapted from Tolkien's novels, opens with the kind of awestruck, yearning dialogue familiar to anyone who has seen or read either: "Haven't you ever wondered what else is out there? There's wonders in this world beyond our wandering. I can feel it!"
The words appear to be spoken by a harfoot -- an ancient ancestor of hobbits – played by Markella Kavenagh (True History of the Kelly Gang). The rest of the teaser unfurls at a brisk clip, presenting a dizzying procession of images.
The highlights include:
- A young Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), scaling up an ice-coated cliff face with nothing but a dagger and grit.
- Halbrand (Charlie Vickers), a human on a small raft stuck inside a raging storm at sea.
- Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova), a silvan elf, grabbing a flying arrow with his bare hands, flipping it around and shooting it back.
- A terrifying cave troll baring down on a terrified elf. Prince Durin IV of the dwarf realm of Khazad-dûm, (Owain Arthur), looking up with tears in his eyes.
- A young Elrond (Robert Aramayo), glowering while others (seemingly) carouse behind him. (Fun fact: Aramayo also played young Ned Stark on Game of Thrones – the man is cornering the market on younger versions of iconic fantasy characters!)
- Disa, princess of Khazad-dûm, (Sophia Nomvete), appearing to sing into the heavens.
- A nearly naked man, surrounded by a raging, smoldering fire, reaching out to... someone.
- A (as yet unnamed) soldier (Will Fletcher), in the middle of battle with a horde of orcs, screaming out – whether in pain or anguish (or both) is unclear.
- A human hand holding either the hand of a small child, or a harfoot.
The overall effect of the teaser is one of scale and scope: This is a massive show that is prepared to deliver the kind of epic fantasy storytelling audiences have shown a voracious appetite for with Jackson's movies and HBO's Game of Thrones.
It's a heady time for Tolkien fans: On Feb. 9, Variety reported that the movie, merchandising, gaming and live event rights to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and other titles written by Tolkien will be auctioned off by the current rights holder, the Saul Zaentz Co. The properties are projected to net upwards of US$2 billion. – Reuters