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Loomis and I may have some differences on the position of Tolkien in the Western literary canon. Anyway, I was asked to write up my thoughts on Rings of Power for 1945 and those thoughts are… mixed.

Rings of Power is astonishingly beautiful, its daylight glows a welcome contrast to the grim shadows of HBO’s House of the Dragon. The depictions of the island kingdom of Numenor and the dwarf city of Dwarrowdelf are vibrant and astonishingly detailed. However, the social world that it depicts remains incomplete and at times even awkward, with motivations seemingly imposed by the need to keep episodes moving rather than emerging organically from well-constructed world-building. The problem may lie in how the series has approached the deep logic behind the source material.

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