In November of 2017, Amazon secured the rights for The Lord of the Rings from the Tolkien estate, promising to resurrect the dormant series and adhere even more faithfully to Tolkien’s source material, even bringing in Tolkien’s grandson, Simon, during the development process. The culmination of Amazon’s acquisition of the prestigious property arrived in September 2022 as the first episodes of a proposed five season television series titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, a prequel to Tolkien’s trilogy and Jackson’s subsequent film adaptations, though the series stands alone and separate from the continuity of Jackson’s films.
While The Rings of Power takes certain liberties with Tolkien’s timeline, the themes at play throughout the series—from the conflict between good and evil, to the attempts made to maintain the longevity of life—would seem to walk in lockstep with Tolkien’s analysis of his own work.
What sets Tolkien’s fantasy apart from so many others today is its clear sense of right and wrong, of good and evil firmly rooted in a well-developed Christian imagination that was capable of wrestling with difficult subjects, such as death, without compromise.
This Postmodern Realities episode is a conversation with JOURNAL author Cole Burgett about his online-exclusive article, “Tolkien Reimagined: A Series Review of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”. **Editor’s Note: This article contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.**
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