The Rings of Power isn’t ready to give up its plot-based secrets for a while – but it’s willing to reward eagle-eyed Tolkien fans who can spot some unexpected Easter eggs and references to Middle-earth during its first season. .
The upcoming Prime Video series, which is on track to be the most expensive TV show ever made, counts many Tolkienites among its extensive cast and crew. Unsurprisingly, then, there are plenty of intricate details and flashing secrets you’ll miss hidden in The Rings of Power’s various sets, costumes, and weapons.
Speaking exclusively to at The Rings of Power UK party, co-showrunner Patrick McKay revealed that it would take multiple previews of the first season’s 10 episodes to even break the surface of the show’s immeasurable amount of Tolkien secrets and references. of fantasy.
“We wanted the visual language to be as rich and layered as we find the books,” McKay explained. “If you’re looking at any frame of the show, there are all sorts of stories being told that might not be apparent on first viewing. If you like the first two – or all – episodes, watch them again and you might find some really interesting secrets.”
Some references to Middle-earth will be immediately obvious to viewers. The wooden armor worn by Ismael Cruz Córdova’s Arondir, for example, is a clear nod to their sylvan heritage (sylvan elves primarily reside in forest towns, including Lothlórien).
Others, however, will only be noticed by the biggest Tolkien fans – McKay offered an example of the sheer amount of detail that went into each design for The Rings of Power’s considerable cast of characters and various realms.
“Look at every piece of jewelry that [Elven High-King] Gil-galad wears it,” McKay said. “Each of his rings carries a meaning, and they even fit together to form brass knuckles, because he is known as the Warrior King. Every character in all of our locations has that level of imagination and detail in their costumes.”
McKay isn’t being hyperbolic either. Markella Kavenagh, who plays Nori Brandyfoot – a member of a nomadic precursor Hobbit race called the Harfoots – revealed how a particular element of each Harfoot costume symbolizes the importance of family and community themes to the halfling race of Middle-earth.
“Every member of the Harfoot community has these apple seed necklaces,” explained Kavenagh. “Some members, like the older ones, have a lot more because they lost more Harfoots during each migration they embarked on. So the amount of apple seeds represents how many members of the Harfoot community died during each migration. Such a small detail, but it’s critical for unity within your community.”
Clearly, The Rings of Power has been meticulously crafted to provide a visual feast for the eyes. Established Tolkien fans, as well as newcomers to the franchise, will want to keep their eyes peeled for a seemingly endless amount of details big and small in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series.
The first two episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will release exclusively on Prime Video on Friday, September 2 in most regions of the world. However, US audiences will be able to stream the two-episode premiere on Thursday, September 1 – read our Rings of Power Episodes 1 and 2 release time guide for more details.
will bring a lot of content about Rings of Power in the coming days. First, find out how you can stream both episodes in 8K with Samsung devices, or check out the show’s final trailer ahead of launch day.
Be sure to check back later today (August 31) for our spoiler-free review of the first two episodes of The Rings of Power too, and keep an eye out for more of our exclusive chats with the show’s cast and crew on end of this week.