The decision to go with The Rings Of Power showrunners J.D Payne and Patrick McKay, who had no credits in TV before, was driven by their passion and knowledge of Tolkien’s world.
“The people we were up against have résumés that on paper would be more suited to the gig,” McKay told THR. “We were the dark horse candidates.”
Based on the appendices to the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, The Rings Of Power covers events in the Second Age including the rise of Sauron, the forging of the rings and the last alliance between Elves and Men.
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