In our world today there is no bigger issue than the climate crisis. And so it’s only right that the biggest TV show of all time addresses the problem.
According to Rob Aramayo, who plays the elf Elrond – a younger version than that seen in the existing Lord of the Rings film trilogy – the environmental message was deeply rooted in Tolkien’s writing.
“One of the things I really love about what Tolkien tries to teach us is about respecting and honouring the natural world, and the natural process of things,” Aramayo tells The Big Issue.
“In the legendarium [Tolkien’s collected mythology] if a character or a group of characters try and supersede the natural process, Tolkien usually punishes them. So I feel like we could all learn something about respecting the natural world, and that’s something that’s really important.”
Aramayo is no stranger to ginormous fantasy shows – or playing younger versions of notable characters. In the final season of Game of Thrones he played Ned Stark in a series of flashback scenes. For Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, he certainly did his research and speaks like a Tolkien scholar.
He explains why setting the story in the Second Age of Middle-earth is such an interesting time: “because it’s a time when we don’t have much information, which is something really fun to play with in terms of the story perspective.”