Who’s who in the sprawling cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Strap on your boots and wrap up your lembas bread, after years of anticipation we’re finally about to collectively embark upon Amazon’s by now far-from-unexpected journey back into the epic fantasy universe of JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth. Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay have been admirably tight-lipped about the details, but we know for sure that … Read more

The Rings of Power is caught between real-world politics and fantasy-land dialogue

I realise it isn’t fair to compare The Rings of Power (Prime Video) with House of the Dragon. They are wholly different propositions. Dragon is emphatically for grown ups, a vision of mediaeval politics red in tooth and scaly claw, where heroes are a myth. Middle-earth is divided more or less neatly into goodies and … Read more