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The Lord Of The Rings TV series review round up: one show to rule them all?

This is what the critics are saying about The Rings Of Power.

The Lord Of The Rings TV series review round up: one show to rule them all?
Marc Chacksfield
01 September 2022

The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power has finally been shown to an audience, with its first two episodes premiering on the big screen this week.

The Rings Of Power is one of the most anticipated upcoming TV shows of recent years. The fantasy epic mines the work of JRR Tolkien, stories that are based on events thousands of years before The Lord Of The Ring books, which Peter Jackson adapted beautifully for the big screen.

The official synopsis is as follows: "An ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, must confront the re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of Lindon; from the island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these realms and characters will forge legacies that will live on long after they’re gone."

This adaptation is being overseen by JD Payne and the first reactions from the first two episodes of the show are finally in.

We already had hints of the quality of the show when some Tolkien fans were invited to see some early scenes. Now, the first two episodes have officially aired (on the big screen) and the reactions are in

Here's what the critics are saying and below we have the initial social reactions, too.


The Lord Of The Rings TV show: first reactions are in - this is what the critics are saying

The Guardian calls it: TV that is made for big screens, although surely destined to be watched on smaller ones. It is so cinematic and grand that it makes House of the Dragon look as if it has been cobbled together on Minecraft.

The BBC notes: "For a television series, the production values are staggering. The sets feel huge and lived-in, the costumes are beautiful and intricate, and the digital effects are sharper than most movies."

Empire says: "These new characters will take some getting used to, and time will tell if we can love them as we did Frodo, Aragorn and the rest."

GamesRadar reckons: "Every scene feels as dense as one from a movie – there’s barely a minute for the scripts to breathe as we cut from location to location. When The Rings of Power slows down and lets the characters just talk, it feels fresh."

SlashFilm believes that "The Rings of Power bides its time when it comes to storytelling. But the first two episodes, particularly episode 1, move at a remarkably breakneck speed. Best of all, they do so without ever feeling rushed."

CNET notes: "The Rings of Power is a cinematic trip back to Middle-earth that'll make you want to volunteer your axe with a hearty "why not?""

RogerEbert.com explains: "While these first two hours read as a little dry, there’s plenty of promise in the robust world of “The Rings of Power”—hopefully, enough to overcome the stiffness of its prologue."

Variety says: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power slots as neatly into Peter Jackson’s preexisting cinematic universe of “LOTR” and “Hobbit” films as a series could feasibly manage, while also expanding on the lore fans have parsed for decades."

Our Verdict: Shortlist has also seen the first two episodes of The Rings of Power and were blown away be the majesty of the show. This is the best-looking TV series we have ever seen, the sheer scope of the thing is jaw dropping. It's a real shame, then, that it's limited to the small screen as it more than matches Peter Jackson's majestic movies.

While the visuals are breath-taking the plot is taking its time, a little too much, but we can't wait to see just what Prime Video has in store for the remaining episodes.


Below are the initial The Rings of Power reactions when the show premiered earlier this month...

The Lord Of The Rings review round up: one show to rule them all?


The Lord of the Rings: The Rings Of Power is out 2 September. Amazon has released a final, epic trailer of the show which you can watch below...