The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power JRR completely ignored Tolkien’s Second Age because he depicted it in appendices. Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, History of Middle-earthand Unfinished stories.
However, even though the first season produced a creatively bankrupt show that completely ignored Tolkien’s writings, there is a very simple way to proceed with a true adaptation in the second season and beyond, and JRR Tolkien provided the answer in the prologue. The Fellowship of the Ring.
In the prologue, Tolkien provides a brief retelling of the events The Hobbit, where Bilbo gets the One Ring. However, he notes that this retelling is not how Bilbo originally told it to his dwarf companions and Gandalf.
Tolkien writes, “Now it is curious that this is not the story as Bilbo first told it to his companions. His account to them was that Gollum had promised to give him current, If the match is won; But when Gollum goes to retrieve it from his island, he finds that he has lost the treasure: a magic ring that was given to him on his birthday long ago.
“Bilbo guessed that this was the ring he had found, and since he had won the match, it was already his right. But being in a tight spot, he said nothing about it, and as a reward instead of a gift, Gollum made him show him the way out.
He writes, “This account was recorded by Bilbo in his memoirs, and he seems never to have changed it, even after the Council of Elrond. Apparently it still appears in the original Red Book, as it did in several copies and summaries. But most The copies contain (alternatively) the true account, no doubt taken from the notes of Frodo or Samwise, both of whom learned the truth but seem unwilling to erase anything written by the old hobbit himself.
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He then recounts, “However, Gandalf, when he first heard Bilbo’s story, did not believe it, and he was very curious about the ring. He eventually got the true story from Bilbo after much questioning, which for a time strained their friendship. But the witch seemed to think the truth was important.
“Though he did not say so to Bilbo, he too thought it important and troubling to discover that the good hobbit, contrary to his habit, had not told the truth. The idea of a ‘present’ was a mere Hobbit-like invention. It was suggested to Bilbo, as he confessed, that he had heard it from Gollum’s story; Because, of course, Gollum referred to the ring as his ‘birthday present’ many times. That, too, Gandalf thought strange and doubtful; But he did not discover the truth of the matter for many more years, as can be seen in this book,” Tolkien writes.
Prime Video and Amazon Studios could take a page from Tolkien’s foreword and make the first season available to anyone. Rings of Power At the end of telling the real and true story, admitting to telling a false story.
They could get a little creative with it and make it a history to describe Sauron or maybe even Saruman. To really hammer home how deceptive and false that first season was, they could have had it be a history written by Grima Wormtongue.
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Not only should they reveal that the First Age is a forgery of history, but someone like Aragorn could tell a story about the Second Age from the works written by Gandalf or Elrond after defeating Sauron and the Scouring of the Shire. He may tell the story to his son and heir, Eldarion, or to one of his daughters.
Aragorn, or King Elesar, is the last lord of the Dúnedain and a direct descendant of Isildur, it is fitting to tell the story. The stories of the fall of Númenor may have been passed down to him through oral tradition rather than collected by Gandalf or Elrond.
When his wedding was given to Arwen, the rings of power would be forged to her through Elrond, who used one of the three elven rings. You can even have her act as a short story in the Rings of Power story.
It’s a convenient narrative solution that could recapture the goodwill that Prime Video and Amazon Studios spat out not only because of the nastiness of a story from the first season, but also because their heinous actions struck fans as racist.
However, given their actions during the first season and the narrative they chose to tell, it seems unlikely that they would do something like this. They are likely to double down on their rejection of Tolkien’s writings and strengthen their attacks on Tolkien fans.
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