After short appearances in Peter Jackson’s films, the world of Khazad-dûm is given an in-depth exploration in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The Dwarf City was memorably brought to life in the original Lord of the Rings trilogy inspired by Allen Lee’s illustrations.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be set in Middle-earth’s Second Age, a time of relative peace around the world, and in which Khazad-dûm is living its golden age.
Long before the show’s arrival, screen frenzy spoke exclusively with stars Owain Arthur and Sophia Nomvete to discuss The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of PowerProperly bring Khazad-dûm to life, explore the franchise’s first female dwarf, and more.
Screen frenzy: The rings of power is such an interesting extension of Tolkien’s work. Were you both fans of his work before you came to the series?
Owain Arthur: Not half as much as I am now. clear, [I was] very well aware of Tolkien and his work, but I didn’t quite understand how big the world was until I went to New Zealand and you pulled a thread, and then all of a sudden you pull the ribbon, then it’s a flag, and then you sail, there we go, i’m gone, you know what i mean? Now I am a pleasure. [Laughs]
Sophia Nomvete: Exactly the same, following Owain, I had a loose introduction to the movies many moons ago, not knowing it was seeds that had been planted. But of course I suddenly find myself in New Zealand, playing the first female dwarf and immersing myself in such an extraordinary way in the world of Middle-earth with so many resources, texts and scholars around me. It was like food for the soul and, of course, now a big fan of the incredible Tolkien.
It’s interesting that you said you’re the first female dwarf in this universe, because this is really the first time we see Khazad-dûm in its prime, rather than just desolate like we’ve seen before. Can you give me an idea of what to expect from a truly thriving version of this region?
Owain Arthur: The designers have done such an incredible job of building Khazad-dûm. Much of what you see on TV is what we saw that day, like rushing water flowing down, living plantations and fire, open flames lighting up the dark caves. Sure, it was tweaked with a little bit of electricity and modern technology, but the detail they did, they would clearly bring themselves back to Middle-earth and what they’ve designed on it is incredible. It’s a sight to behold to see Khazad-dûm in its golden age, so hopefully you’ll experience it and enjoy it as much as we did when we got on that set.
So Sophia to you, what was it like to be that first female dwarf as Disa? What were some of the emotions that went through when you landed that part?
Sophia Nomvete: I mean, every emotion. I fell back into childish emotions. And also, a professional actor who was given this incredible opportunity to represent and be the banner for women participating in the Dwarven world, it was just one of the most extraordinary moments and a personal and career highlight for me.
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Prime Videos The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power portrays for the first time the heroic legends of storied Second Age of Middle-earth history. Set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama takes viewers back to an era when great powers were forged, kingdoms rose and fell, unlikely heroes were tested. , hope hung on the finest threads, and the greatest villain to ever flow from Tolkien’s pen threatened to plunge the whole world into darkness.
Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-dreaded resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the fairy capital Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve legacies that will live on long after. They are gone.
Watch our interviews with the The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power cast at SDCC 2022, as well as starring Markella Kavenagh & Megan Richards and Cynthia Addai-Robinson & Trystan Gavelle.
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power begins streaming on Prime Video on September 2.
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