Why Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving Won't Play Galadriel and Elrond in Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings'

Amazon's Lord of the Rings series has been shrouded in mystery since it was first announced in 2017, but details about The Rings of Power are finally beginning to emerge.

Until this week, we knew the fantasy series would launch on Prime Video on September 2 and would be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, a period largely unexplored in J.R.R. Tolkien's novels—and we didn't know much more.

Now fans know another thing for certain: Galadriel and Elrond are back, but not as we remember them.

Who Will Play Elrond and Galadriel in Amazon's 'Lord of the Rings' Series?

Fans of Tolkien's books and Peter Jackson's film adaptations of The Lord of The Rings will be very familiar with the characters of Elrond and Galadriel.

The two elves played an important role in the trilogy, helping Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship of the Ring on their quest to destroy the One Ring.

In Jackson's films, released from 2001 to 2003, Hugo Weaving portrayed Elrond while Cate Blanchett took on the role of Galadriel.

In Amazon's show—which is officially called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power—two new actors have been cast: Morfydd Clark plays the future Lady of Lothlórien and Robert Aramayo takes on the role of the future ruler of Rivendell.

A Vanity Fair article published on Thursday provided a first look at the new Galadriel and Elrond, with the pictures later reposted on the official @lotronprime Instagram account.

The Rings of Power is set thousands of years before the events of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, so it makes sense for the characters to be played by younger actors—Clark is 31 and Aramayo is 29—even if elves age at a slower rate than other beings on Middle-earth.

Per Vanity Fair, the series will show Galadriel trying to hunt down those who collaborated with the god Morgoth following the death of her brother. Those in her sights include Morgoth's apprentice Sauron, who vanished after his master's defeat.

J.A. Bayona, who directed the first two episodes of the series, spoke about Sauron's villainy and what to expect from the show, saying: "I think this is all about the repercussions of war.

"There is an idea that feels very faithful to Tolkien, which is intuition. Galadriel has an intuition that things are not fixed, and there is still something lurking."

In Tolkien's books, Galadriel was entrusted with one of the Three Rings of the Elves during the Second Age, and it was she who urged her fellow elves to hide them from Sauron.

Elrond, meanwhile, will be in Lindon where he is both an architect and a politician on the rise. He is a key figure during the Second Age because he established the elven refuge of Rivendell during the period and had an important role in the fight against Sauron.

It is unlikely that these storylines from Tolkien's books, particularly the battle in which Elrond fought alongside Isildur to defeat Sauron, will be portrayed in the first season of Amazon's show, however. This is because these events took place during the latter half of the Second Age of Middle-earth.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will launch on Prime Video on Friday, September 2.

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Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving as Galadriel and Elrond in "The Lord of the Rings" film trilogy. In the Amazon series "The Rings of Power," Morfydd Clark plays Galadriel and Robert Aramayo is Elrond.
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