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Unique: The Rings of Energy’s Robert Aramayo, Charles Edwards on enjoying Elrond and Celebrimbor


We’re days away from the highly-anticipated launch of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy. The most recent addition to the sprawling LOTR franchise is a prequel to Peter Jackson’s  Lord of the Rings movies and The Hobbit. Set hundreds of years earlier than the movies, the present will take followers into the Second Age of Center-earth. Created by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, it brings collectively some acquainted characters together with a number of new names and unseen terrains because it explores all the things that went into the creation of the Rings of Energy. The big ensemble forged consists of Robert Aramayo as Elrond, a half-Elven character we’ve seen earlier than and Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor, a grasp smith. 

In an unique interview forward of the present’s launch, the actors opened up about their characters, enjoying out quiet moments amidst huge set items and taking place the rabbit gap of Tolkien theories. 

The Rings of Energy pulls you again into Center-earth. What was that pinch-me second on the units like for you? 

Robert: It was a cover of pinch-me moments haha. There’s a lot on this present. You might be blown away by the set or an actor or a dressing up or one thing artistic. The artwork division is superb. Their capability to rework an already stunning New Zealand, it is simply too superb for phrases. So yeah, there have been a variety of these moments. 

Elrond has been portrayed in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings movies earlier than. Did you are taking any cues from that efficiency or did you need to break free from that?  

Robert: I actually wished to discover his previous and historical past, the issues which have come earlier than the Elrond that we meet in films – his father, his mom and his brother who achieves unimaginable issues. He is an orphan. Charles and I additionally share a kind of connection to the sons of Fëanor on this actually fascinating manner that we acquired to speak about fairly a bit. So I believe diving into the previous was an excellent place to start. 

Charles, your character forges the Elven rings and he is manipulated by Sauron however little or no is thought about him. What was your strategy of researching for this position? 

Charles: Properly, you begin with what Tolkien has written which is not very a lot. Celebrimbor is talked about within the Lord of the Rings on the council of Elrond. He mentions him when he is recounting the story of the forging of the rings of energy and Celebrimbor additionally made what contributed to the creation of The Doorways of Durin in Moria. Aside from that, there are solely two mentions within the Lord of the Rings that he will get. However in Tolkien’s appendices, after we additional go into the Second Age which is the place our present takes its inspiration from, he has been sketched out a bit additional. So you’ve got a primary define however even Tolkien’s variations contradicted one another as he does with many different issues. To me, that is very thrilling – that there’s not one model that you must adhere to. There is definitely scope to take what Tolkien implies and run with it. In order that’s been a really satisfying expertise for me. 

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The Rings of Energy has all these visually gorgeous moments. Whenever you’re on set what’s your course of of creating your efficiency shine amidst all the massive set items? Robert: The visuals actually make it easier to. Clearly, you do not need to get misplaced in them however we have spoken so much about Celebrimbor’s workshop which massively helped the scenes the place Charles and I had been working collectively. Clearly, most components had been what Charles was doing and responding to that. However the set itself is simply breathtaking and so detailed. 

Charles: And to make sure that what you mentioned did not occur, Robert and I did a variety of scenes collectively and we established a really shut reference to one another and stored to the reality of what we had been enjoying. As a result of what you overlook is that sure, there are big set items however whenever you’re doing the scene the digicam is correct right here so whereas there’s a lot within the background whenever you’ve acquired a quiet scene or a tense scene to work with the digicam may be very a lot with you. In order that fear did not come up an excessive amount of for me. 

There may be a variety of anticipation across the present. Have you ever had the prospect to dabble in fan theories and reactions? 

Robert: I used to go down the rabbit gap of Elrond, years in the past earlier than I clearly knew that I would be enjoying him. I used to all the time be enthusiastic about sure selections that he made within the Legendarium so I have been down these rabbit holes they usually’re very satisfying. I attempt to keep away from them now however now I understand how satisfying it’s to make your individual selections and that is what I like about Tolkien – everybody’s acquired a really distinctive perspective based mostly on their opinion of what they’ve learn. And one opinion may be as astounding as one other they usually may very well be fully contradicting one another. 

Charles: And it is all good as a result of all of it comes from ardour. We have now the fervour and so do the followers. And sure, heated arguments are all the time inevitable when there is a matter like this to speak about so it is all good. 

When you hadn’t bagged these roles, which Tolkien characters would you prefer to play and why? 

Charles: I all the time wished to play Sam within the Lord of the Rings. Once I was little, I used to be very taken by him. However now, I do not suppose I am fairly proper for him haha. However that was the one I all the time wished to play. 

Robert: I all the time favored this hero from the First Age known as Beleg Strongbow who’s a really great character, a Sindarin Elf. And fairly a number of tragic issues occur to him however he is an actual Elven hero. I actually loved studying about him. 

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy is about to launch on September 2 

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