Die-hard Lord of the Rings fans are sharing their verdict on the new TV series after being treated to a special preview.
Prime Video has invited JRR Tolkien enthusiasts to attend a screening of the upcoming show, titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The new show will run for eight episodes when it arrives in September and a teaser for the prequel series, released in February, saw viewers hail it as “incredible”, “breathtaking” and “beautiful”.
However, Middle-earth fans were nervous before they sat down to watch footage from the series – but those nerves quickly gave way to excitement, with fans praising the series as well as showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay .
“Last week I was invited by the folks at @LOTRonPrime, along with a group of other Tolkien netizens, to attend an advanced screening of some footage from the #RingsofPower show and meet the showrunners,” @tolkienprof wrote.
He added: “I have to say: After meeting them, I feel the show is in VERY good hands. The creators of this show know and understand Tolkien and are completely passionate about him.
According to @tolkienprof, the showrunners’ knowledge of Middle-earth “exceeded my wildest expectations of their fandom”.
Another fan, Dr. Maggie Parke, says the showrunners “kept in touch with the best of us”, saying: “Their passion and knowledge made me feel like one of us, they understood that. I feel very optimistic!
Meanwhile, @tolkientalkbR said, “We’re very pleased with what we’ve seen”, while tikTok user @knewbettadobetta added: tgat those worried about the show should “put their fears to rest “.
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“We, as Tolkien fans, are in good hands!” he said, declaring, “Beyond that, I was absolutely blown away. I can’t wait to see more – it’s just beyond words.
The new series, which is set thousands of years before Paeter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, has been in the works since 2017. Prime Video bought the rights to the show for $250m (£183m ).
power rings will star Morfydd Clark, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Joseph Mawle, Lenny Henry and Peter Mullan.