SDCC 2022: Trailer for 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' slammed as 'just a woke cash grab'
Amazon lit up Hall H with the highly anticipated trailer for the upcoming series ‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Roughly 6,500 people were seated during the 90-minutes of the show’s massive panel at the event and got to witness a lot of things that the series will be showing when it arrives on Prime Video. Most importantly, the fans were treated to a new trailer that featured a lot of new things and it might have also given a hint about what the story of ‘The Rings of Power’ may be.
The trailer starts with Galadriel’s voice-over and surprisingly, this time we see her as well, placing an Elven helm onto a huge pile of helms. The background is a wasteland and as the camera pulls out for a wider shot, we get to see the real aftermath of a battle (possibly ‘War of the Wrath’) that took place recently. We also get a glimpse of how Elves and Dwarves were friends in olden times and were enjoying a feast together. However, the trailer soon turns dark and shows destruction all over. The Palantir shows Galadriel glimpses of war and destruction which might be pointing toward the destruction of Numenor.
On the other hand, the trailer shows a strange blonde man appearing a handful number of times and it’s really hard to guess if he is Sauron or Morgoth. The 3-minute clip is filled with epic action sequences, visually stunning set pieces, destruction, darkness and an angry Balrog. The entire Hall H gave the trailer a standing ovation and it seems the Amazon series is on-course to become one of TV’s biggest spectacles ever.
Social media went berserk after the trailer dropped online and had a lot of things to say about the new trailer. Most of them loved the footage shown at the SDCC, but there were many who believed the trailer had nothing that came from JRR Tolkien, the author who created the Middle-Earth saga. One of the social media users wrote, “Well they got their Game of Thrones but I don't see a damn thing in there that came from Tolkien. Other than the character names they took of course.” Another user said, “Why is Galadriel fighting? Why is Galadriel in Numenor? Why did you destroy Tolkien's lifework? This makes The Hobbit look good...and that is SAD.” Another social media user tweeted, “Just a woke cash grab. Nothing to really do with LOTR. Do not waste your time.”
Well they got their Game of Thrones but I don't see a damn thing in there that came from Tolkien. Other than the character names they took of course.— Tolkien Tidbits (@Booklover4life3) July 22, 2022
Why is Galadriel fighting? Why is Galadriel in Numenor? Why did you destroy Tokien's lifework? This makes The Hobbit look good...and that is SAD— Adrianne Curry-Rhode (@AdrianneCurry) July 22, 2022
Just a woke cash grab. Nothing to really do with LOTR. Do not waste your time.— FrankieFit (@FrankieFit1) July 22, 2022
“At least I’ve still got the books and the original trilogy. Won’t be watching this, looks lame,” said another user. “This has nothing to do with Lord of the Rings. It is the hijacking of Tolkien's work by people incapable of creating an IP of their own in order to push a woke agenda. It is run by two hacks whose body of work to date are two uncredited episodes of another show nobody watches,” another social media user said.
At least I’ve still got the books and the original trilogy. Won’t be watching this, looks lame…— Gert B. Frobe (@Hizzymizzy) July 23, 2022
This has nothing to do with Lord of the Rings. It is the hijacking of Tolkien's work by people incapable of creating an IP of their own in order to push a woke agenda. It is run by two hacks whose body of work to date are two uncredited episodes of another show nobody watches.— Doc Bryant (@DocBryantActual) July 23, 2022
On the other hand, there were many who loved the new clip and opined that haters are “dead” after seeing such a glorious trailer. One of the fans wrote, “All the haters are dead after that masterpiece trailer.” Another fan wrote, “The cinematography of this makes Netflix's ‘The Witcher’ look like a low-budget CW show. It looks incredible, just wow.” Another fan tweeted, “Came for my queen Galadriel but impressed by so many characters. This feels like a natural progression of Peter Jackson’s trilogy.”
All the hater are dead after that masterpiece trailer— Lucas#BetterCallSaul📞 ⚖ (@lucaslu_ckli) July 22, 2022
The cinematography of this makes Netflix's The Witcher look like a low budget CW show. It looks incredible, just wow. pic.twitter.com/Turts8Gogw— Vincent Adultman (@TatataToddC) July 22, 2022
Came for my queen Galadriel, but impressed by so many characters. This feels like a natural progression of Peter Jackson’s trilogy— Call Me Witch King (@1booktorulethem) July 22, 2022
Set thousands of years before the events of ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the series will primarily focus on all the major events that took place in Middle-Earth’s Second Age and everything that led to war and destruction. From the forging of Rings of Power to the rise of Sauron, fans will be getting a closer look at what made the Second Age so important in the Middle-Earth timeline.
Season 1 of ‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ will be premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 2.
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