The series, which chronicles the Second Age, takes place thousands of years before Frodo and Sam leave the province in “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.” Colbert said before putting the three producers on the hot seat and having them talk at Elvish and spill the beans about the show, the inspiration behind the characters and more.
Here is a list of the 10 biggest revelations that Payne, McKay, and Webber revealed about the launch that will surely make a buzz for any fans of the September 2nd 2022 release.
What is the theme of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series?
Patrick McKay: It is rare for an author or director to create a work of art that is optimistic and that is what it is. It often becomes the hallmark and sacred not the Lord of the Rings! It is born of pain, struggle and evil and still comes out in the end saying there is reason to hope. And that friendship and courage are still stronger than evil.
Payne dinar: It is a human story. Step away from the bigger world, imagine your home, your family, your job, your costume, the things that matter most to you and imagine all of this about to be pulled from you. How far will you go in the dark to protect the things that matter most? This is the crux of what this story is about.
What happened to revive the second era?
Patrick: For this first season, we wanted to re-introduce Middle Earth. We are a thousand years before the third age. Society, people and kingdoms are very different. The world is in a different state. Always after defeat and comfort, says Gandalf, the shadow takes another form and grows again. That’s what the show is all about this season, reintroducing this world and the return of evil.
Will it always be two years old?
Dinar: Of course, Amazon bought the rights to 10,000 years of Tolkien’s history. We felt the second afternoon was great. It is Tolkien’s astonishing, untold and highly imaginative story – the formation of rings of power. It is the rise of the dark lord Sauron, and the fall of the greatest kingdom ever created – Numenor. Finally, you find the last line of elves and men coming together and (almost) defeating Sauron. (But) the episode survives and the evil continues into another age. That story struck us as one that could live up to the greatness of the story and fit in.
Patrick: As Tolkien fans, we didn’t want to make a secondary story or an origin story for something else. We wanted to find a huge Tolkien epic.
How is the “Rings of Strength” series in time?
Dinar: My favorite moment on this show is the fall of the Numinor. Watching this kingdom where fascism resides, and groups tearing its fabric apart, this is the time not just for our culture, but for cultures around the world. We see a lot of divisions happening and the tragedy of it all can be very healing for us to experience what hopes people have. What mistakes did they make? Why did things go wrong? The fall of the Numinor is painful, but perhaps it can be beneficial because we can learn from it.
What are the challenges while working on this series?
Lindsey Webber: The real challenge was keeping up with the imagination of Tolkien, J.D., and Patrick. It’s a boundless sea of creativity, so for me and the team, it was all about just keeping up with them and everything they wanted to do in the world of the pages and beyond.
Patrick: What she means is that this show was very difficult to produce.
Did they feel a sense of pressure while doing a show on the LOTR franchise?
Patrick: No one can put more pressure on us than ourselves. It means a lot to us, and getting it right means a lot to us. We’ve been the disappointed fans a few times and we didn’t want to disappoint the fans and so many other people. It is so nice to celebrate this with all of you.
How did they create new characters and keep them faithful to Tolkien’s work?
Dinar: We worked with scholars and science pundits in the writer’s room, but Tolkien gave us all these clues about cultures in the Second Age in his extensive notes in the appendices. Regarding the Hobbits, he talks about their ancestors and gives us a few tantalizing paragraphs about the Harfoots and clues about their wandering days. We always come back to Tolkien and when he was silent, we tried to devise a Tolkien method as possible.
How did the directors choose the actors for their roles?
Dinar: Casting lasted a very long time. We saw hundreds and thousands, but it came in two criteria. They had to be excellent performers because we’d be with them for 50 straight hours and the second was to be able to look them in the eye and see if they had a middle ground.
Patrick: We are really proud of this staff and the work they did. You will fall in love with them all.
How much of the set was CGI and how much was it built?
Lindsey: We’ve built as much of the kit as possible in human terms. It was a labor of love for so many people, we built it all from the ground up. New Zealand gave us water and coastlines, but of course the visual effects team helped us out too.
Will the third age be referred to in the series?
Dinar: We haven’t taken anything from the Third Age, but maybe somewhere down the road, who knows what could happen?