One of the greatest mysteries of the first trailers of Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power is the stranger who falls into Middle-earth like a red and fiery meteor. The character is officially known as the Stranger and played by Daniel Weyman.
The trailer for the tv series shows a meteor advancing through Middle-earth, over the heads of hobbit ancestors, elves and early human societies. After crashing, the fiery mass is revealed to be a person, a bearded man who is discovered by two harfoots: Nori and Poppy.
Is he a known character or a new creation made specifically for The Rings of Power?
What is the fiery comet of the Rings of Power trailer?
Many believe that the Stranger is actually Sauron. Sauron was defeated with his master, Morgoth, at the end of the First Age, but managed to escape and remained hidden in the boundless Middle-earth, gradually rebuilding his forces and establishing a base in Mordor.
The Rings of Power could narrate the return of Sauron. Or perhaps the meteor is part of Annatar's deception, in order to convince the elves that it is a possible ally sent by unknown forces across the sea. Others think that the Stranger is actually Gandalf the Gray, who, just like his fellow wizards, arrives in Middle-earth during the Third Age.
Gandal is not a character present during the Second Age, the period in which the series is set. Gandalf's Maiar power emanated from the element of fire and The Rings of Power shows the man surrounded by magical flames, but without any burns.
Other options may be a member of the Valar or a new sorcerer not introduced in the triology of The Lord of the Rings, nor in that of The Hobbit.
Plot and development of the series
The plot said: "Thousands of years before the events recounted in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, during a period of relative peace, during the Second Age of Middle-earth, we witness the forging of the Rings of Power, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, to the fall of the island kingdom of Númenor and to the last alliance between Elves and Men.
" On November 13, 2017, Amazon acquired the global television rights for nearly $ 250 million. Industry commentators have described this amount, before any production costs and with no creative talent attached to the project, as insane, although some viewed the project as more of a reputational risk to Amazon than financial due to Bezos' wealth.
The Amazon Prime Video streaming service has given a multi-season commitment to the series that was believed to run for five seasons, with the possibility of a spin-off series as well. Despite this, Prime Video had to give the formal green light to future seasons before construction could begin.
The budget was supposed to be between $ 100 and $ 150 million per season and eventually surpassed $ 1 billion, making it the most expensive television series ever made. Warner Bros. Television was not involved in the project because Amazon Studios wanted to produce it themselves.
Amazon is working with Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema with New Line included due to the potential for the series to use material from the films. The Tolkien Estate imposed some creative restrictions on the series, and the deal stipulated that production would begin within two years.