Rings of Power Scores High With Critics, But Audiences Don’t Like It

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has finally arrived and fan and critic reviews are particularly divided on Rotten Tomatoes.

Amazon Studios The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was finally released, with critics and fans unable to agree on how to rate the first two episodes.

The latest adaptation of the works of JRR Tolkien debuted on the streaming service simultaneously worldwide on September 1 and 2, with the first two episodes available for immediate viewing. Comments on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes were decidedly split, with critics rating the show at a respectable 83% while the audience score sits at a relatively low 37%. Similarly, the audience scores are mostly split between two groups rating the show at five stars or half a star.

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As for the reviews, rings of power earned praise for its enormous sense of scale and great drama, with CBR’s Sam Stone saying, “[the show’s] variety of characters and their respective backgrounds is what keeps power rings engaging and fresh, even in its inevitable slower moments as it sets the stage for its epic narrative.”

power rings is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth and follows the events leading up to the forging of the titular rings and the rise of Morgoth’s most devout servant, Sauron. Despite its location thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsthe long life of the elves has allowed the series to introduce familiar characters like Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and Galadriel (Morfydd Clark).

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Vocal concerns about the series’ original nature have led showrunners Patrick McKay and JD Payne to insist that the series is firmly rooted in the author’s original writings. McKay said of the series, “I just want to quibble with the ‘loosely connected’ [wording]. We don’t feel that. We feel like the deep roots of this show are in the books and in Tolkien. And if we didn’t feel like that, we’d all be terrified to sit here.” That was a view seemingly echoed by the Tolkien Estate, who also responded by saying the series “will bring to the screen of previously unexplored stories based on the original writings of JRR Tolkien.”


With the first two episodes of the series now available in the wild, six more will be released weekly until all eight are live on Amazon Prime’s streaming service.

Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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