The first official teaser of the long-awaited and ambitious series ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power‘ was recently released by Prime Video, based on the acclaimed and revolutionary fantasy saga ‘Lord of the Rings’from J.R.R. Tolkien.
Unlike the film franchise run by Peter Jacksonwhich followed the adventures of Frodo, Sam and so many other iconic characters to the letter in their quest to destroy the dark forces of Sauron and his minions, the production will go back a lot in time, telling the story about the “Forge of the Rings, Rise of the Dark Lord, the epic tale of Númenor and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men”as revealed by the showrunners J.D. Payne e Patrick McKay.
For those who don’t remember, the main story of ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’the book that begins the journey of Frodo Baggins, has as its driving force the One Ring, a dangerous and seductive object that once belonged to Sauron and that, somehow (revealed in ‘O Hobbit’), has ended up in the Shire and must now be taken back to the dark lands of Mordor to be destroyed and rid Middle-earth of all (or most of) evil.
However, the series’ narrative will not focus on the One Ring, but on the whole group of these powerful objects that became known in Tolkien’s canon as the Rings of Power.
But what are they?
In the original books, the English novelist breaks down a beautiful epigraph that sheds a little light on the artifacts:
“Three Rings for the Elf-Kings under this sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-Lords in their rocky halls,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to eternal sleep,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness to imprison them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
The Rings of Power were forged by the Gwaith-i-Mírdain, also known as the Elves Artisans, of the region of Eregion. Such workers were commanded by Celebrimbor (the same elf who appears in the praised games ‘Shadow of Mordor’ e ‘Shadow of War’also of the universe ‘Lord of the Rings’), grandson of Fëanor.
The story tells that the impetus and desire for the creation of the Rings came from Sauron, who, at the time of the forge, was able to materialize an appearance befitting enough to deceive even part of the Elves, considered part of a superior race when compared to humans. , to the hobbits, dwarves and many others. A total of nineteen rings were created, and among them sixteen had Sauron’s hand in creation.
The Greater Three were created by Celebrimbor himself – and, more importantly, never touched by Sauron. Known as Narya (Fire ring), Nenya (Water Ring) and Vilya (Ring of Air), they remained hidden until the end of the Third Age, shortly after the destruction of the One Ring and Sauron’s defeat. It’s worth remembering that, as if that weren’t enough, they were also invisible to any creature in Middle-earth, instead of making the wearer invisible like the One Ring.
Each of them had special properties, but with limitations. THE Narya it had the power to inspire others to resist tyranny, domination, and despair, cultivating hope in those around the wielder, as well as providing resistance to the fatigue of time; The Nenya, in turn, granted preservation, protection, and a possible concealment of evil; finally, the Vilyacharacterized as the greatest of the Three Rings, remains in darkness until now: his exact power is not mentioned in any of Tolkien’s books, but it is believed that he had the power to heal and to preserve.
Other lower-tier rings were also made, and as Gandalf describes them in ‘O Silmarillion’, are regarded as mere rehearsals in the art of forging – that is, just practical, for the Elves. However, Sauron planned to use them to dominate the remaining Elves of Middle-earth.
In addition to the aforementioned nineteen rings, Sauron also set out for Mordor and forged the One Ring in the flames of Mount Doom, aiming to reunite all the Rings and their respective bearers. However, when Sauron placed the One Ring on his finger, the Elves immediately realized his true intentions and snatched it from the Dark Lord’s hand, culminating in a warlike confrontation that would go down in Middle-earth history.
While the Elves managed to hide the Greater Three and give a consecutive one to the dwarves of Khazad-dum, Sauron recovered the remaining fifteen and resolved to continue his reign of chaos. Seven were granted to each of the Dwarven Houses; and nine, given to humans, which gave them the ability to become invisible and a longer-than-usual life. All engineered to the minutiae so that Sauron could dominate them.
The humans who bowed to the Rings’ power became Specters, also known as the Nazgûl, hideous creatures with dangerous abilities under the Dark Lord’s command. The dwarves, on the other hand, were gifted with various riches, but they did not yield to Sauron’s authority – finding ruin in themselves by virtue of inordinate greed.
As is clear, the story of the Rings of Power spans branch and branch – and it’s quite likely that we’ll see each of these mysterious and ominous artifacts have their narrative told in the Prime Video series, or even in what form Sauron set out in search of each of them to rule, once and for all, Middle-earth.
Remembering that the production has a premiere scheduled for the day September 2, 2022.