Review: Rings of Power

I have seen other reviews and wasn’t going to watch it. But whatever, it’s not like they are destroying one of the great foundational pieces of fantasy literature of the English language…

I have to admit, it was pretty hard getting past the fact that there seem to be only 2 married couples in the series so far, and one “very close” couple, and they are all mixed race. Really, a community of less than 20 families has enough genetic diversity to have black “hobbits” represented? And I think I recall something about Dwarf women NEVER being seen, but this series decided that Durin’s wife needed to be a leading character. Why exactly? Besides a role for an ugly black woman, what does her character add? Do I really need to have my personal lack of Diversity and Inclusion rubbed in my face every time I turn on entertainment delivery? Isn’t it enough that all my commercials have erased people like me as potential customers?

The lead role obviously goes to Galadrial. She somehow manages to pull off full bitch face for 400 years. No wonder her people mutinied and sent her to the “West”.

I can’t help but think that the death of an Elf is somehow more tragic than the death of a human, since elves are losing so many centuries of live and humans only lose 5 decades before they start to decay anyway.

Naturally, the scenery, animation, graphics, and music are every bit as good as the Jackson version of Lord of the Rings.

There seems to be quite a bit of foot dragging on the script. Lots of character development in a multitude of locations that don’t seem to be leading anywhere or contributing to the story.

The Harfoots are obviously supposed to be the hobbit ancestors, yet if all their female children are obstinate adventurers, how do the Hobbits ever get the reputation of staying in their own places and never going out? It was such a scandal when Bilbo did it, but it seems the Hobbits have had such people since the beginning.

I am guessing the old guy is supposed to be Gandalf incarnation. What sort of half -baked idea was it to put him on the Earth naked and with his brain missing, like a stroke survivor learning to talk again? When he returned to Earth after fighting the Balrog, he could speak and fight, and, more importantly, contribute to story progress.


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8 Responses to Review: Rings of Power

  1. theantignostic says:

    “I can’t help but think that the death of an Elf is somehow more tragic than the death of a human, since elves are losing so many centuries of live…”

    The Death of Haldir scene in LOTR: Two Towers seems to convey this. Pretty tragic considering that he could just go West and live out his immortality among his own kind instead of getting killed helping foolish freefolk.


    • No One says:

      True. But also, under normal conditions, elves don’t suffer decay with age, so death isn’t seen as the end of suffering or even inevitable. With humans, even long-lived ones, the difference between battle death and old age death is just a few decades. Hardly woth arguing about


    • Heresolong says:

      Also, per Tolkien, Elves although they can die of either violence or suicide, are reborn as elf children. There are a fixed number of Elves and that never changes.


      • No One says:

        Thanks. I’ll remember that and not care as much. Do they remember and continue their past lives? Do some get reborn as orcs?


      • Heresolong says:

        No memory but a brand new elf.

        Orcs is an interesting question. In some accounts Melkor (evil Valar, think Lucifer, boss of Sauron) created them, but in others only Iluvatar, father of the gods could actually create. Based on the second the assumption then was that Melkor twisted the minds and bodies of elves and they became the orcs. No explanation of how they multiplied if elves couldn’t but he may have also changed thatbpart of them.
        Tolkien did spend sixty years or so writing the history of Middle Earth and it wasnt always consistent . He intended it to be a mythology for England.


  2. Heresolong says:

    Instead of watching this bastardization I’m reading Tolkien’s History of Middle Earth. Slow going, not nearly as many exciting battles, but actual Tolkien versus names of Tolkien characters doing non-Tolkien stuff.


  3. Heresolong says:

    “No wonder her people mutinied and sent her to the “West”.”

    Not sure what you mean by this statement. Is this something from the TV show cause it isn’t from Tolkien afaik.


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