For your hate-viewing pleasure…

…this introductory clip for LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER.

I am struck by how quickly I decided I hated the elvish douchebro. He’s got that look, right? He looks like the kind of guy who made people make that nail polish that chemically reacts to the presence of roofies. I’m hoping that’s deliberate, because otherwise the actor got some baaaaaad direction, there.

Who in God’s name wanted a Gollum video game?

From GeekTyrant: “The Lord of the Rings: Gollum has been delayed. Daedalic Entertainment and NACON recently made the announcement regarding the upcoming prequel video game and thanked fans for their patience and support.” If someone who does reads this, feel free to explain why in the comments section. I don’t understand the appeal. — And I don’t mean that in a dismissive way. I like unusual games myself. I’m just not getting the appeal of this one.

The latest LORD OF THE RINGS: RINGS OF POWER sneak peek.

…I don’t have a single damned idea just what’s happening here.

That’s supposed to be, what, Sauron crash-landing in Middle Earth in the Second Age? That’s my best guess. And I should be able to make a coherent guess. LotR is supposed to be something I know something about.

The LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER title reveal trailer.

Sigh. I’m going to watch this, you know. I’m going to watch it, and I’m going to be cranky about it, and I’m probably going to even agree beforehand that I shouldn’t watch it. But we all know I’m going to watch it. I may even convince myself that it’s not bad, really. The Ring’s insidious influence cannot be held off forever, after all.



Picture of the Day, How DOES The Two Trees Thing Work, Anyway? edition.

I have spent forty years trying to visualize how the Light of Valinor in the Silmarillion worked. Which is why I’m not upset that they put the Two Trees together; sure, it doesn’t visualize what Tolkien was thinking, but what can? I can almost guarantee that the man did not waste a single moment on worrying about how tough some poor bastard would find it to actually put some of this stuff up on the screen.

It definitely looks pretty, though.

Oh, hey. A Kickstarter for a new edition of a LotR RPG.

:while clicking to sign up for launch notification: THE ONE RING: ROLEPLAYING GAME, Second Edition. Yay.

:grumbling: There was nothing wrong with the MERP/Rolemaster stuff sure it’s thirty years… [expletive deleted] me, try forty, Moe …old but that just makes it venerable why can’t we have a commemorative edition grumble grumble whine grumble.

H/T: @TychoBrahe.

Star Wars and LotR news.

Some interesting stuff. First off, there was a suspiciously-comprehensive leak to which confirms that Amazon’s LotR series is set in the Second Age, which means Rings of Power, maybe the Fall of Numenor, all that good stuff. The good news here is the map that came along with the leak, which looks like it was checked by somebody who knows when Mordor was founded (it is not named on the map). That’s a little thing, but they got it right, so I’m just the tiniest bit more hopeful now.

Speaking of hopeful: an open-world Star Wars is coming, and it’ll be by Ubisoft and not the GA… excuse me, I mistyped that. Clearly I meant ‘EA.’ Ubisoft has its own issues, but I can’t quite believe that the company would blow up inhabited planets… no, wait, I’m mixing up EA/GA again. Sorry about that!

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Bryan Cogman is trading one iconic fantasy world for another.

Cogman, who most recently worked as a writer and co-executive producer on “Game of Thrones,” has signed on to consult on the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series at AmazonVariety has learned from sources. He will work alongside the writing team of JD Payne and Patrick McKay, who were announced to be developing the series for Amazon back in July.

Amazon declined to comment.

Via ComingSoon.
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The Atlantic gets the ‘record’ hilariously wrong on Aragorn, son of Arathorn.

Didn’t read the books, huh, Richards?

Imagine a man, one who lives in a stretch of vaguely frightening forest somewhere up north. And imagine that he wants to be your benevolent dictator. His pitch: Remove the current leadership. Destroy a neighboring nation and kill its populace. Then, conquer most of the continent. And somewhere in there, he’d also like to restore traditional values to the country, whatever that means. And he says he gets to do so because, 40 generations ago, some of his ancestors were in charge. His name is Aragorn, and he’s the good guy.

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