The first look at Orcs from the upcoming Middle-Earth series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, show off a new side to the Tolkien creatures.
The first look at the Orcs in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has been revealed.
IGN debuted the first images of the Orcs alongside their interview with The Rings of Power prosthetic department head Jamie Wilson and executive producer Lindsey Weber. Weber explained how they landed on the final design for the Orcs. “We spent a lot of time talking about what it would mean to be an Orc in the Second Age,” he said. “It felt appropriate that their look would be different, part of a wilder, more raw, Second Age, Middle-earth, closer to where the First Age ends. As we meet them, they’re not yet organized into armies, they’re a little more scattered and they’ve been scavenging. So it’s just a different time in their total story.”
The Orcs are just one of several Tolkien characters set to appear in the upcoming Prime Video series, with the Harfoots slated to play a major role in The Rings of Power. Sir Lenny Henry, who plays an elderly Harfoot named Sadoc Burrows, described the species as a “nomadic tribe, moving with the weather and the fertility of the crops. We have big caravans on wooden wheels and we’re very good at hiding things, because humans are much bigger than us and bring trouble.” The series will also include human and elven characters, with Morfydd Clark set to appear as a young Galadriel, an Elven warrior who was previously played by Cate Blanchett in Peter Jackson’s live-action Lord of the Rings trilogy.
The Rings of Power is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The series will follow an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil in Middle-earth. “From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone,” reads the official synopsis.
The series is expected to have a huge presence at San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H stage in July. The panel will introduce the upcoming series’ expansive, international cast, as well as the “new and legendary” characters that will populate the Second Age of Middle-earth.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on Prime Video on Sept. 2.
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