‘The Rings of Power’ writers respond to 5 Tolkien fan criticisms – The Hollywood Reporter

Fans of JRR Tolkien love how the author’s fantasy world is so vast, yet so detailed and convincingly specific. So it’s no surprise that Amazon’s Rings of Power caused some classic difficulties when trying to adapt Tolkien’s Second Age for a modern global television audience. Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay saw the conversation and came down to respond to some of the most repeated online comments (then, amazingly, McKay even asked, “What is it?” friend do not buy about the program? “). As noted in The Hollywood Reporterdig deep Ring of Power In this week’s cover story, the writers and producers privately debated many of the same topics fans have discussed since the show premiered on September 2. So they’re prepared. carefully to address the following five complaints.

“Dwarf wives in Rings of Power no beard”

JD Payne: They actually do, it’s not accurate. We looked at different versions of what short women’s facial hair might look like. There are beards that are lovingly smeared at a time [onto Disa actress Sophia Nomvete] and there are types of lamb on the side.

Patrick McKay: I would go further that Tolkien himself – if you study his entire work – answered this particular question in both ways. There is a very strong argument made that short women should grow beards, and a very strong argument is made that they should not. We are happy with where we landed.

“Goblins don’t shave their heads or keep their hair short”

Payne: If Tolkien ever wrote a comprehensive guide to Middle-earth hairstyles in its millennia of history, I’d love to see it.

McKay: Part of this program is going deeper and broader into each of these races and cultures. It could be said that any culture as rich and as long as the elves would have had the same hair for 9,000 years… that seems out of proportion and in harmony with the breadth of the imagination. that Tolkien left us.

“Galadriel acts too manly and she’s never been to Númenor”

Payne: I would love to see in Tolkien, where it says Galadriel has never been to Númenor – that doesn’t exist. Second, one of her nicknames is “Nerwen”, which means “girl man”. And third, she doesn’t act manly!

McKay: Also, the name “Galadriel” is loosely translated in Elvish as a maiden with a crown of blonde hair. The reason she has a blonde hair is because when she will fight and do all sorts of things to compete with other elves. So she will braid her hair and put it on top of her head [to stay out of the way]. So in the etymology there is an opinion that Galadriel was a warrior.

“The outfit looks so new”

McKay: I definitely disagree with that note. I think we always talk about a world with life, and we always talk about adding incidents [to give costumes a more worn-in look]. But beyond that: It’s not a bad shirt you’ve worn. Is it new?

[I confirm my shirt is new]

McKay: Guess what? Sometimes the clothes are new.

“The tempo of the show is too slow”

Payne: I hope that everyone can contribute to the journey. A lot of blockbusters have a dizzying pace as you get swept from series to series until it all collapses under its own weight. Tolkien will take his time and let you immerse yourself in the characters on a journey, and the journey can be difficult in Tolkien. I hope people will have the patience to listen to the epic Tolkien.


That said, in CHEAP‘S Rings of Power side story, the duo admitted that some scenes in season one weren’t as rushed as they could have been. “There were things that didn’t work so well in season one that could have worked in a smaller show,” McKay said. “It has to be about good and evil and the fate of the world, or it just doesn’t have the epic feel you want in Tolkien.”

First-time showrunners have prioritized dozens of potential competitors to get the job creating the Prime video series, with Amazon executives citing Payne and McKay’s passion for — and the knowledge In-depth knowledge of – Tolkien’s world. The two also admit that they learned a lot while making the incredibly complex first season, and that the show’s episodes in general improve as the series opens. They hope to make the episodes in season two “bigger and better” at “every level… in order of magnitude.”

The duo also teased (spoiler free) the eighth and final episode of the show’s first season next week.

“When the world fell apart – literally – how did you start picking up the debris?” McKay asked. “Quite often in serial television, the final episode of the first season is a set-up for a second season. We don’t feel that way. Our final episode is the ultimate culmination of every fuse we’ve lit in the first seven episodes. Hopefully people are really happy with the big outbursts happening – although they may be emotional outbursts rather than volcanic ones.”


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