“Rings of Power” and “House of the Dragon” have no rivalry, the cast says

“Rings of Power” and “House of the Dragon” have no rivalry, the cast says

“Rings of Power” and “House of the Dragon” have no rivalry, the cast says

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The clash of the titans when it comes to fantasy TV series isn’t a clash at all, according to the cast of The The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power.

There have been many column inches – including these, I’m sorry – written about the potential conflict between game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon and the mega-budget return of Prime Video to JRR Tolkien’s fantastic land of Middle-earth.

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Thrones creator George RR Martin also delved into the matter, joking that he wanted it House of the Dragon to win one more Emmy than The rings of power.

But anyone hoping to grab popcorn and witness a fantasy deathmatch might be disappointed because the stars of The rings of power they claim there is no rivalry and the casts even celebrated together.

“We are friends. There is no rivalry there. We went out at EW [Entertainment Weekly] party at Comic-Con, “said Ismael Cruz Córdova, who plays the wood elf Arondir The rings of power.

House of the Dragon aired in August, beating The Rings of Power on screen by a few weeks.  (Sky UK / HBO)

House of the Dragon aired in August, beating The rings of power on the screen of a few weeks. (Sky UK / HBO)

He added: “Some of us have worked with them before, some of us are new friends. For fantasy lovers, it’s simply the best time. You have two great shows that you can watch in rotation.”

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Nazanin Boniadi, who plays Bronwyn, Arondir’s human lover, added: “We are their fans. We want them to do well.”

Cynthia Addai-Robinson plays Míriel – queen regent of the island kingdom of Númenor – echoed the belief that the simultaneous release of the two shows marks an exciting time to be a fantasy fan.

Cynthia Addai-Robinson says this is a great time to be a fan of fantasy shows like Rings of Power and House of the Dragon.  (Main video)

Cynthia Addai-Robinson says this is a great time to be a fan of fantasy shows like The rings of power And House of the Dragon. (Main video)

He said, “It’s a question people like to ask because it’s a great story, but the reality is this is a boom time for fantasy, for the genre.

“If you like these stories, that’s great [to see] progress in terms of what you can achieve on television. You can now film a dragon. You couldn’t do it a few years ago. If you love fantasy or even if you are new to fantasy, there is a great deal of storytelling out there. “

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Addai-Robinson’s colleague Númenorian Trystan Gravelle, who plays Queen Pharazôn’s adviser, said he would certainly enjoy the opportunity to experience both shows at the same time, presumably on separate screens.

“I’m great game of Thrones fans, so I think right now we’re in a golden age of fantasy, “Gravelle said.

Trystan Gravelle said he would definitely watch House of the Dragon and The Rings of Power.  (Main video)

Trystan Gravelle said he would definitely watch House of the Dragon as well as The rings of power. (Main video)

He added: “Whatever the night, I’ll take out the mug and pretend I’m Jeor Momont or whatever.

“And then another night I’ll sit and enjoy Lord of the Rings. So it’s just a great time. “

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Benjamin Walker – the actor behind the High Elven King Gil-galad in The rings of power – said he remains loyal to Tolkien in the fantasy pantheon, but holds no grudge against House of the Dragon.

“There’s enough room in the fantasy realm for everyone. They’re completely different. It’s great,” he said.

Benjamin Walker plays High King Gil-galad of the elves in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.  (Main video)

Benjamin Walker plays the Elven High King Gil-galad in The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power. (Main video)

Walker added: “We can be fans of both. I am a Tolkien loyalist and so many stories have been inspired by his work.

“I’m not saying he’s the godfather of fantasy, but he’s close.”

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Not surprising, The rings of power showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay were diplomats about the presence of another pretender to the fantasy prequel crown.

“We wish him well. We are happy that there is a time when there are a lot of good fantasy shows out there,” Payne said.

Morfydd Clark's version of the elf warrior Galadriel takes center stage in Rings of Power.  (Main video)

Morfydd Clark’s version of the elf warrior Galadriel takes center stage The rings of power. (Main video)

The showrunner added: “The only pressure we feel is the pressure we put on ourselves to do Tolkien justice.

“For us, it’s about what are you spreading to the world? Are you spreading light to the world? This is the competition: how much light can we spread to the world and how beautiful can our story be?”

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McKay said, “We understand it’s super tempting to compare or create a rivalry. If you’ve seen our show and you’ve seen their show, we’re doing very different things.”

Executive producer Lindsey Weber suggested that “we can both benefit from it [the rivalry] because the media love to talk about it “and he hoped that viewers would choose to watch both shows.

The Rings of Power takes place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, with the younger versions of Galadriel (center) and Elrond (right).  (Main video)

The rings of power takes place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, with the younger versions of Galadriel (center) and Elrond (right). (Main video)

Going back to the Second Age, The rings of power uses material from the appendices of Tolkien’s stories to create a new range of material for Middle-earth fans.

It focuses on the rise of Sauron and the creation of the titular rings, as well as the ultimate alliance between elves and humans and the fall of Númenor.

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While most of the characters fans will know from the Peter Jackson movie franchise weren’t yet alive at this point in the story, the elves Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elrond (Rob Aramayo) appear alongside a set of new characters.

The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power will premiere on Prime Video on September 2, with new episodes added weekly.

Watch: Trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power

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