A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's OK to go your own way. Sometimes you have to sacrifice. Caring for others is important.
Positive Role Models
Characters are true to themselves and their own convictions.
Unlike previous iterations of Tolkien stories, this series is somewhat diverse. Characters are White, Black, and biracial, including Arondir, a character created for the series, who's the first Black elf. Women have agency and power.
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Violence & Scariness
Many scenes/moments of peril and suspense. Violence in battle, including swordplay and brutal hand-to-hand combat against orcs and other scary-looking creatures. Monsters are stabbed in the face. Fiery dragon battles. Aftermath of war includes piles of dead bodies.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance. A nearly nude man falls from the sky; he's wearing a loincloth.
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Products & Purchases
Based on a series of books. Merchandise available for purchase.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol in a bar, act drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a fantasy drama based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. Set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the series presents a history of Middle-earth's Second Age. Expect many scenes of suspense and peril, as well as strong fantasy violence, including scary orcs similar to those shown in the films. Warring creatures use swordplay and brutal, bloody hand-to-hand combat. Monsters are stabbed in the face, there are fiery dragon battles, and the aftermath of war includes piles of dead bodies. One storyline includes a romance; language is mild ("sod it"). Families who enjoyed the films will find this entertaining series a great addition to Tolkien's world on screen.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of the original trilogy of movies will be thrilled to see their legacy continued in this visually stunning and adventure-filled fantasy series. Each storyline in The Rings of Power is equally compelling, and newly created characters fit in naturally to Tolkien's world. Bouncing seamlessly from dark drama to light comedy, the series brings together elves, dwarves, Harfoots, humans, and others to fight an evil force that fans are already familiar with: Sauron. The themes are timeless, and the lands of Middle-earth detailed and delightful, and LOTR lovers won't be disappointed.
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