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Can The Rings of Power tell the whole story of Middle-earth?

Practically since it became known that Amazon had acquired part of the adaptation rights to certain texts from the JRR Tolkien universe, some fans began to fear that the look that Prime Video wanted to carry out could not cover everything written by the British genius in publications arriving at bookstores. And it is that since always the rights of adaptation of the books based on the universe of The Lord of the rings They have been a coming and going from one hand to another.

History repeats itself… now

Already in the 60s of the last century there was a bid for the adaptation rights of JRR Tolkien’s books and proof of this is that they were in the hands of Disney until 1968, at which time they were acquired by United Artist. of that process a cartoon movie ended up hitting theaters in 1979 directed by Ralph Bakshi and that only narrated what happened in The Fellowship of the Ring and part of The two Towers.

Now, with all the history of The Hobbit Y The Lord of the rings masterfully narrated by Peter Jackson (with his licenses) in the six films he directed between 2001 and 2014, nobody knew what we would have left to know that would have interest to fill the series of The Rings of Power which Prime Video premieres on September 2. What’s more, some of that material we’ve already seen on the big screen, do you know why?

When Amazon bid for the rights to JRR Tolkien’s literary work He did not do it because of everything published around the history of Middle Earth, but for a very specific batch in which they are collected:

  • The Hobbit
  • The Lord of the rings
    • The Fellowship of the Ring
    • The two Towers
    • The return of the King
  • The Appendices

So they are out of Amazon’s control to use within The Rings of Power the texts collected in:

  • The Silmarillion
  • Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth
  • The history of Middle Earth

Obviously, everyone who has read the books has instantly thought that many events and characters that are key are left out to understand what happens within the literary universe of Middle Earth, so they fear that Amazon has resorted to filling in the gaps… without respecting the original story.

From Prime Video they reassure us

In an interview given to the magazine Variety, the co-creator of The Rings of PowerPatrick McKay, wanted to calm the anguish of the fans remembering that there is “a version of everything we need in the books to which we have rights. As long as we stick to the original and don’t blatantly contradict something we don’t have a license for, there’s plenty of wiggle room and room to dramatize and tell some of the best stories Tolkien has ever written.”

It must be remembered that these rights cost Amazon a whopping 250 million dollars and that of all the projects that were presented, the winner was precisely the one that posted his story in the appendices of The return of the Kingwhere the story of the forging of those rings of power and the fight against Sauron is told, and that we could already see in a summarized way right at the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring in the year 2001.

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