“It’s a story that we manage that has been here before us and has been waiting to be on earth in these books. We don’t feel ‘vaguely connected’.”
HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES: The Lord of the Rings: The Power Rings has captivated fans; For showrunners Patrick McKay and JD Payne, there are certain expectations that must be met when the series premieres on Amazon Prime Video in September.
In an interview during the Television Critic Association’s press tour, showrunners were asked if the show was “vaguely connected to Tolkien’s books.” In response, the duo explained that without Tolkien, there would be no fantasy world. It took The Lord of the Rings author more than a decade to write, and it was only fair for the developers to give full credit to Tolkien, who died in 1973.
“I just want to argue something with the ‘vaguely connected,'” McKay said (Via IndieWire). “We don’t feel that way. We feel the deep roots of this show are in the books and in Tolkien. And if we didn’t feel that way, we’d all be scared to sit up here. We believe this story is not ours. It’s a story that we manage, that lay here before us, waiting to be on earth in these books. We don’t feel “vaguely connected”. We feel deeply connected to these people and work every day to be even just closely connected. That’s really how we think about it.”
“We’re thinking [Tolkien], his mission in life was to create this world. That’s Tolkien’s Middle-earth and regions beyond Middle-earth and we just wanted to stay true to that,” he added. “Tolkien’s work has infinite application across cultures and times, and we are truly grateful to be able to bring it to life in our time.”
According to Amazon, the official synopsis states: “Set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama will transport viewers back to an era when great powers were forged and kingdoms rose to glory and decayed, unlikely heroes were tried, hope hung by the finest threads, and the greatest villain that Tolkien ever wrote threatened to engulf the whole world in darkness.
“Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of familiar and new characters as they confront the long-feared return of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the From the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the stunning island kingdom of Númenor, to the most remote corners of the map, these kingdoms and characters will leave legacies that live on long after their deaths.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power starts September 2nd on Amazon Prime Video.