San Diego Comic-Con gave us another look at Amazon Prime’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and it is… well? While today’s world of IP-driven products has to work harder to get any of us fully excited, The Rings of Power’the latest trailer of bursting with glimpses JRR Tolkien’s World thrill and emotion, a return to Middle-earth that we can reach and touch.
The new SDCC trailer shows us Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) as she tries to wake people up to the Dark Lord, who she fears will threaten the kingdom. We also saw the dwarves of Moria before it fell, leprechaun recovering from a long war, man started a new civilization, and Hobbits keep for myself. Amidst it all, there’s a man (Anson Boon) who’s sowing fire seeds, hiding in a gray cloak and looking as though he’s no big deal. The internet rushes to the void: Here’s our first look at Sauron, the big bad guy gathering strength in second era. But the truth is… that’s not (yet) true.
The trailer, apparently, sets up this Marshall Mathers look to be who, although there is still no confirmation on exactly what Boon will play. In other words: Chances are the trailer is trying to set us up to think of Boon’s character as Sauron. But even if he To be Sauron, he’s definitely not flaming eyeball that Lord of the Rings fans are familiar with Peter Jackson’s trilogy.
The problem with finding Sauron in any trailer for Rings of Power was in the Second Age, he took the name Annatar and was able to shapeshift freely, a power he used to hide his evil nature for as long as possible. He is depicted in the books as the “Lord of the Gifts” and has a fair appearance (that is, pale but also pretty), which Boon’s character – whoever he may be – is certain of. also. And with that fair face, Sauron manipulated the elven blacksmith Celebrimbor to teach him how to create a ring that could manipulate the minds of Celebrimbor holders Ring of Poweras we know it, lead to a whole thing.
Creative team behind Rings of Power has said that in this series we will see Sauron in many forms as he attempts to assume total power over Middle-earth. So while Boon may be Sauron in a sense, he could also be an underling, a messenger, or even some minor villain completely unrelated to the Great Evil. Galadriel is trying to sound the alarm. It remains to be seen exactly how she succeeds (or not) – but due to the SDCC panel featuring Stephen “LOTR nerd” Colbert says that Rings of Power is “the story the creators will tell for the next five seasons”, it seems we’ll find out eventually.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.
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