The Rings of Power faced early backlash, and now a writer for the show has discussed how the writer’s room took that into consideration.


The Rings of Power turned out to be a massive success for Amazon Prime, but it struggled to receive a warm welcome. Writer and Executive Producer Gennifer Hutchinson discussed that early episode backlash while doing an interview with GameRant.


Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power went through a difficult period in its reception. From its announcement, fans were skeptical – an original story set in Middle-Earth, a live-action adaptation that did not cover the Fellowship of the Ring? It was unfathomable for some Tolkien purists. Worse, some engaged in a racist backlash to the casting of people of color. There were accusations of a wave of review-bombing the show – a practice in which many people rate a project with one-star reviews on various review platforms so that the overall score is much lower than it would be otherwise.

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In an interview with GameRant, Hutchinson was asked about that early Rings of Power backlash. “I think with any adaptation, and especially such a significant well-loved adaptation, I think there’s always going to be people who it’s not exactly the way that they would see it. And obviously, in TV and movies, you have to make some sort of changes for the story. TV is a different medium than a book for the way that the story is going to play out,” Hutchinson responded. “So we really did focus on making sure that we were doing the best that we could for the story itself while also keeping Tolkien present in the room and all the major points that are established in his works are imbued as much as possible in everything that we were doing, even if the literal events are not in the books. So, kind of that balance. It can be a little challenging, so we really focused on telling the best story we could while remembering whose story we’re telling and really making sure we were remaining true to that spirit.”

According to Hutchinson, the Rings of Power writers really tried to stay true to Tolkien and understood that there was always going to be backlash. The Tolkien fanbase is notoriously filled with traditionalists who would like adaptations to stick as close to the source material as possible. With this in mind, it seems that the writers tried their best to honor Tolkien while adapting the story in their own way. There was never a way to please all audiences, but there was a way to give the show a foothold in Tolkien’s source material when adapting some of the most important moments in Middle-Earth’s history.

It also seems like the racist backlash was never a consideration for the crew. Though that was a significant point of contention among certain internet circles, the writers appeared to have cared only to hire the best actors for the roles rather than giving in to racist complaints. Hutchinson does not even acknowledge that as part of the backlash, probably because it isn’t a legitimate criticism of Rings of Power and deserves little consideration.

Rings of Power ended up crafting some fantastic moments, and there were twists and turns fans didn’t see coming (like that Mt Doom twist). The backlash turned out to be greatly exaggerated and was the product of protective fans. Hutchinson and company have shown that they’re more than capable of honoring Tolkien while also adding their own spin on things.

The Rings of Power is available to stream on Amazon Prime.

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Source: GameRant

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