'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Morfydd Clark watched 'LOTR' movies 'THOUSANDS of times' to prepare for role

'The movies really helped me anticipate the extreme nature of Galadriel and made me aware of how my character would end,' Clark revealed during an interview

'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power': Morfydd Clark watched 'LOTR' movies 'THOUSANDS of times' to prepare for role
Morfydd Clark as Galadriel in a still from 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (Amazon Studios)
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'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power', which was recently released on Amazon Prime, has got a bag full of love from the audiences. It is a fantasy television series based on the novel 'The Lord of the Rings' and its appendices by JRR Tolkien.

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The series was developed by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay for the streaming service Prime Video. The series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings'. It is produced by Amazon Studios with the Tolkien Estate, the Tolkien Trust, HarperCollins, and New Line Cinema. Morfydd Clark got a lot of applause for portraying the role of Galadriel since the series premiered.

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The show made headlines when it got 81% ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and a lot of love on Twitter and other social media platforms. Clark recently opened up to USA Today about what helped her prepare for the role of Galadriel. Clark disclosed that her character in the series is "alone" in thinking that evil is rising on Middle-Earth and that the fragile peace that they have had for quite some time is starting to crumble and unfortunately nobody believes her. 

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She said, "I have watched the 'Lord of the Rings' franchise movies 1000s of times over the last 20 years. The movies really helped me anticipate the extreme nature of Galadriel and made me aware of how my character would end." She added, "The Galadriel I play can never fathom that she would end up there."

The first two episodes were screened at premiere events in August 2022 in Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, and New York City. The episodes premiered on Prime Video in the US on September 1, 2022. The other six episodes of the first season will be released weekly from September 9 to October 14. The episodes are released on Prime Video around the world, including in Brazil, the UK, Europe, India, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand, at the same time as the US release.

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Pre-production for the second season is expected to begin in the UK in the second quarter of 2022. Bray Film Studios and Bovingdon Airfield, both outside of London, will be the initial production locations for the season. The showrunners were scouting for additional filming locations in June 2022.

The series has received positive reviews from critics, with particular praise for its plot, cinematography, visuals, and musical score, but some criticism for its pacing. You can stream the series on Prime Video if you have not checked it out yet. 

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