LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 24: John Rhys-Davies attends the 28th Annual Movieguide Awards Gala at Avalon Theater on January 24, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
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The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Might Be Proving John Rhys-Davies Wrong
John Rhys-Davies, who played the Gimli in "The Lord of the Rings" films, expressed distrust in the latest adaptation of Tolkien's work, saying it was nothing more than a cash grab and an unnecessary return to Middle-earth. His words were valid, but it now seems as if "The Rings of Power" has firmly proved him wrong.
"The Rings of Power" does try to adhere to what worked in the film trilogy in some ways — like that musical score, for example — but it forges its own path by reimagining characters and adding worthwhile details to the source material. In fact, it outdoes some aspects of the movies, including the already-brilliant dwarf-elf bromance between Legolas and Gimli with Elrond and Durin.
The show also establishes that it does not want to tread familiar ground unless warranted. Focusing on the events of the Second Age previewed in the opening of "The Fellowship of the Ring," the series sets its sights on never-before-seen parts of Middle-earth history and expands on aspects of the canon without losing the thematic value of Tolkiens’ words.