New images from ‘The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power’ show orcs for the first time
If we were to make a list of the most anticipated series of 2022, undoubtedly The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power would be among the top spots. Although in its first trailer we were already able to see a part of Amazon’s vision – previously approved by Tolkien Estate, of course – of such a fantastic universe, Tolkien fans were left wanting to see the orcs. Now, however, we finally have a first look at the fearsome creatures.
Amazon Prime Video, shared new stills from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which are entirely starring the orcs. If you are a fan of the universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien, and even if you only saw Peter Jackson’s films, you will know very well the importance of these creatures in Middle-earth. Their origin, however, has never been entirely clear; although part of the fandom assumes that in the past they were elves.
In the material we see that the orcs are presented with a different appearance from Peter Jackson’s productions. This is evidenced, mainly, by the attire they wear. In the feature films we are used to seeing them in their classic armor. In The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, however, we have not yet reached the conflict that pitted Men, Elves and Dwarves against Sauron.
Of course, the orcs will return with the same savagery and violence that always characterized them. Another important point is that, unlike the films, where they were shown in large numbers because they made up the army of Mordor, in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power they appear in substantially reduced groups. But don’t let that fool you, because they are still very dangerous creatures. The images give proof of this.
“Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the feared resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of Lindon, the elven capital, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will create legacies that will live on long after they are gone,” the synopsis mentions.
Recall that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set during the Second Age of Middle-earth. That is to say, its events take place thousands of years before what happened in the movies. Places like Númenor will have a great importance; also events like the forging of the rings and, of course, the resurgence of Sauron. Amazon is aware of the enormous expectations for the series, which is why it has allocated a budget never before seen in a television production. At the moment, it is the most expensive series in history.
The cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power stars Robert Aramayo (Elrond), Markella Kavenagh (Tyra), Benjamin Walker (Gil-Galad), Owain Arthur, (Prince Durin), Maxim Baldry (Isildur), Nazanin Boniadi (Bronwyn), Morfydd Clark (Galadriel), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Arondir), Sophia Nomvete (Princess Disa), Charlie Vickers (Halbrand), Simon Merrells (Trevyn), Joseph Mawle (Oren) and Charles Edwards (Celebrimbor). It is scheduled for release on September 2.