Did you know that there are five characters from The Rings of Power even in The Lord of the Rings were on display? It’s been over twenty years since we saw the first big screen adaptation of the Tolkien books (let’s forget about this 1978 monstrosity). Time to refresh that memory. we got you.
In both reality and fantasy, there is an eternity between the series and the trilogy. The new Amazon Prime prequel is set a few thousand years before the adventures of Sam and Frodo and is basically an origin story. Not only from the ‘One Ring that Rules Them All’, as a result of which Sauron eventually loses out twice. But also from some characters from The Lord of the Rings that should ring a bell.
Five (un)known faces of The Rings of Power
Following are the five characters from The Rings of Power from whom you know the ‘older me’ from The Lord of the Rings .
In The Rings of Power the mighty elf is played by Morfydd (she is from Wales, give her a break) Clark . Galadriel may be a feared general in the prequel, but she clearly has yet to earn her stripes. In The Lord of the Rings on the other hand, the Lady of Lothlórien has acquired an almost mythical status as the moral compass of Middle-earth. We do wonder where Cate Blanchett got her inspiration for that role. Anyway.
In the The Lord of the Ringstrilogy, Elrond is a key figure. He first brought the Fellowship together in Rivendell and allowed his daughter Arwen to marry Aragorn. You probably recognize Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith from The Matrix. In The Rings of Power we see a younger and more cuddly Elrond, played by Robert Aramayo.
In the prologue of Fellowship of the Ring we briefly see Gil-galad, played by Mark Ferguson, fighting alongside Elrond and Isildur. Gil-galad is the last High-King and has the greatest authority on Middle-earth among the elves. Even Galadriel dares not go against his orders. There is a good chance that we will encounter Gil-galad more often in The Rings of Powerwhere Benjamin Walker plays the part.
Aragorn’s ancestor got in the first Lord of the Ringsmovie (good, you’ve already forgotten about the monstrosity) only a brief cameo, but seems to claim one of the main roles in the prequel series. Maxim Baldry takes the honors. You may recognize him from the (viewing tip!) series Years and Years which can be seen on HBO Max.
Last but not least. In the film trilogy, Sauron (played by Sala Baker) appeared mainly in the form of a large yellow eye who had set his sights on the conquest of Middle-earth. We will probably get in Rings of Power – literally and figuratively – to see a more complex character, with a beautiful origin story. Unfortunately, it has not yet been announced who will play the role of the dark lord will take on.
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Contrary to what is being said in the tweet above, this is not Anson Boon. After seeing these images, fans started to speculate who that blond actor was, but studio bosses have now confirmed that it is Bridie Sisson. They also said they “enjoy” the wild speculation, but would not confirm or deny whether Sisson will actually play Sauron. In addition, there are also theories that Sauron would be a shapeshifter who can make Middle-earth unsafe in various guises (read: characters we already know). To be continued.
Awaiting the reveal, watch below what Sala Baker has to say about his role as Sauron in Lord of the Rings:
More Rings of Power or House of the Dragon?
Want to learn more about this wonderful series? Then read this article about what Rings of Power has cost. Or, for example, were you already aware that the prequel doesn’t just have trouble fighting Orcs?
If you are more to the side of House of the Dragon we recommend that you delve into this article. At least you won’t be surprised next week when a completely different Princess Rhaenyra suddenly flies on a dragon.
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