The highly-anticipated Lord of the Rings prequel series, The Rings of Power, is about to hit our screens. Fans of the books and movies are poised to take some deep metatextual dives into the fresh material, which covers events that took place in the second age — thousands of years before the happenings in The Hobbit and LOTR. Versions of familiar characters like Elrond and Galadriel are grappling with the aftermath of the First Age, where forces of good battled The Great Enemy Morgoth. The eponymous Lord of the Rings, Sauron, was Morgoth's lieutenant and is a worrying loose end. Non-canonical characters add to the world-building, too, as viewers are swept across Middle Earth for another round of angst and adventure. The cast is more diverse this time, and since this is fantasy fiction, it adds richness to the storytelling. So, gather snacks for your second breakfast and your pipe, and find out which new character you resemble the most, personality-wise.
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