the first extracts from the long-awaited series derived from “Lord of the Rings” and “Game of Thrones” have been revealed

Amazon and HBO have lifted the veil on their long-awaited spin-off series Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, presented to fans Friday and Saturday at the Comic-Con festival in San Diego. They discovered exclusive extracts.

Nomadic hobbits, enslaved elves, a bearded dwarf and a Balrog… Comic-Con fans, many of whom lined up all night to get a place in the hall, saw exclusive excerpts from the first season on The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerfunded by Amazon, as well as interviews with the creators of the series and about twenty actors.“As fans, viewers and lovers of Middle-earth and Tolkien, we do not want to create a parallel thing or a spin-off series,” said series co-creator Patrick McKay.

“We wanted to do a big, epic Tolkien thing. And Amazon was awesome and crazy enough to say ‘yeah, go for it,'” he added. The ambitious adaptation of the universe created by JRR Tolkien in his novels began when Amazon Prime bought the rights for $ 250 million about five years ago. The company is rumored to have budgeted over $1 billion for the five scheduled seasons of Rings of Power, each lasting ten hours. The first season, which will air from September 2, “reintroduced” the world of Middle-earth, points out Patrick McKay.

There is a more recent version of Galadriel and Elrond (Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo) because, although the Elves are supposed to be eternal, the series takes place 4,000 years before the trilogy of films was shot by Peter Jackson. More precisely, Rings of Power it has as its backdrop the “Second Age”, a fictional historical period in the universe invented by Tolkien and about which he gives few details.

So the creators of the series have many possibilities to give free rein to their imagination. “The road is wide open”, according to co-creator JD Payne. “Amazon took the rights to about 10,000 years of Middle-earth history and said, ‘OK guys, we’re open to all ideas’.” “We think the Second Season is great. It’s a unique, unfathomable Tolkien story, so iconic in the making of the Rings of Power”said the screenwriter.

A large portion of the show’s budget was spent on the creation of unusual sets and costumes, which surprised the fans gathered in San Diego. Although the plot remains confidential, the extracts broadcast on Friday mainly represent the island of Numenor, whose details projected on a giant screen covering three quarters of the room drew shouts of praise from the audience. – well.“We build as much as people can,” assured executive producer Lindsey Weber. “We’re building a whole city with lots of blocks and a whole port, it’s crazy and big”, added Patrick McKay.

An extract also shows a group of Harfoots (“hairy feet” in the French translation of the novels), nomadic ancestors of the hobbits who live in trailers and not in holes like their descendant of Lord of the Rings. Other images reveal a dwarven kingdom and the first appearance of a dwarf – bearded like his fellow creatures – in saga history, or even a group of dwarves chained and subjected to forced labor of terrible orcs.

Trailer of the series “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” available on September 2 on Amazon Prime Video:

Personal obsession of Jeff Bezos, the multi-billionaire founder of Amazon, The Rings of Power is the most surprising blow made by the group in the “streaming war” that it is fighting against its major competitors Netflix and Disney +. It has to compete, in terms of popularity and audience, with the series derived from Game of Thrones (GOT), House of the Dragon also presented by HBO this week at Comic-Con.

Three years after the series GOTthe author of the literary saga George RR Martin and the cast of the prequel House of the Dragon, which will appear on the screens on August 21, spoke on Saturday of the challenge of securing the next generation of the global event. The saga of the American writer gave birth to a series with worldwide success as well as many spin-offs that will soon be released.

So the first one is House of the Dragonbased on the book Fire and Blood (Fire and Blood). The story takes place 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones and tells the story of the bloodthirsty Targaryen family and their seventeen dragons. “It’s very exciting. We’re always nervous at the beginning, because these books, these characters are like my children”, said the 73-year-old writer. “We wonder how to treat them, will you recognize them when they come back to you?”. However, he explained, “I was very lucky in this case… I saw nine out of ten episodes and it was great”.

In this prequel, fans of GOT discover the ancestors of the heroes of the eight seasons of the HBO series broadcast between 2011 and 2019. In particular of Daenerys Targaryen. The cast includes Emma D’Arcy (Wanderlust), Matt Smith (Doctor Who, The Crown), Rhys Ifans (The King’s Man, Spiderman) and Olivia Cooke (Bates Motel, Ready Player One) and Paddy Considine.

“The series begins at the height of the dynasty, then at the peak of power, wealth and influence”explained screenwriter Ryan Condal. “They have the most dragons they can have and that’s before they start losing their luster.” According to him, each of the 17 dragons has its own physical characteristics and characteristics.

A few new clips were unveiled during the Comic-Con festival in San Diego, but expectations are very high for this spin-off. Especially since the last season of GOT critics and fans were disappointed resulting in a poor ending. In eight seasons, the series received countless awards, including 59 Emmys, a record.

George RR Martin jokingly said that the new series could spark a fan war “next year”. Olivia Cooke, who plays Alicent Hightower in the spin-off, seems to “amazing” to try to get over “such a juggernaut”. “We feel a lot of pressure to give you what you want but also do something different and put our own spin on it,” he explained.

Trailer of the series “Dragon House” is available at August 21 on HBO Max:

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