New images from Amazon’s The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power have revealed the first-look at the Orcs, and they look just as horrifying as ever.
Released exclusively by IGN, the images give us a great look at the Orcs in The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power – but they’re not exactly how you remember them from The Lord Of The Rings movies. The Rings Of Power takes place thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings, so it’s easy to understand why the Rings Of Power showrunners decided to give the Orcs a slightly different look.
The images also reveal that the Orcs in The Rings Of Power will be brought to life with practical effects, going back to what Peter Jackson did with his Lord Of The Rings movies. The Hobbit trilogy went in a more digital direction, bringing the Orcs and other characters to screens using CGI.
Take a look at the images below:
Jamie Wilson, The series’ prosthetic department head, talked to IGN about the Orcs and how important it was for the show to get them right:
“We spent a lot of time talking about what it would mean to be an Orc in the Second Age. 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.”
Executive producer Lindsey Weber added that the Orcs look different because this is the first that they’ve emerged from the darkness in a very long time. “They’re coming back out for the first time again. So it’s all a bit new. That’s why they’re not as dark skinned, necessarily not as muscle-y and not as battle worn as you’d seen in previous productions.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared reemergence of evil to 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.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power arrives on Amazon’s Prime Video on September 2, 2022.