After much criticism: at least one old Lord of the Rings star believes that Amazon's series will be great

Amazon’s big fantasy project The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power launches in less than four months, on September 2, 2022, at Prime. At the latest with the many negative reactions to the first teaser trailer, however, a squad of loud voices has formed that condemn the new Tolkien adaptation in advance. However, Samwise’s Gamgee actor Sean Astin from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy is not one of them.

“Goosebumps”: Old Lord of the Rings star awaits Amazon series with anticipation

Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is a tale of hope, even in the darkest of hours. And so Sean Astin, who was already Frodo’s biggest supporter in the Lord of the Rings films, was very impressed after seeing the first series trailer.

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In an interview with IGN enthused Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin in best Sam manner:

Anyway, I’m excited. I saw the preview and it gave me real goosebumps. It looked like they got the point. I’ve been saying the whole time: You’re going to do this right. No way is Amazon paying a billion dollars for the franchise and then screwing it up.

Incidentally, Sean Astin was hooked on the idea of ​​a Lord of the Rings series from the start. Even when it wasn’t even certain whether it would be a remake of the well-known story or something completely different. He also believes that through the series discover new generations of Middle-earth will.

[Die Serie] will draw new attention to what we have created. […] Tolkien is a master storyteller and created a work that is based on forever reinterpreted will be.

What are the early criticisms of the Lord of the Rings series aimed at?

Given that Peter Jackson made changes to The Fellowship of the Ring, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Amazon’s series also takes a few liberties. For the series, there is no specific book template with a fixed story that Amazon’s fantasy epic is based on. Rather, the entire Middle-earth story is the inspiration, which is why changes are primarily for the series condensed timeline of the Second Age. Such an accelerated chronology, which is intended to prevent the human main characters from dying away too quickly, is bitter for some Tolkien purists.

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series: The Rings of Power

In addition to unpleasant racist commentators who, for example, rail against black elves and dwarves in the Lord of the Rings series cast, there has recently also been criticism of the CGI in the trailer and the perceived “missing Middle-earth feeling“. (At least Sean Astin seems to recall the tone of his films.)

Finally, many also bump into the invented ones new figures in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series. The fact that characters that did not appear in Tolkien’s fantasy work are used by the creators as a binding agent for a working narrative seems difficult for some fans to accept.

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