‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Dialect Coach About Building On Tolkien’s Works For A Rich Auditory Experience

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ Dialect Coach About Building On Tolkien’s Works For A Rich Auditory Experience

The wait for the Amazon Prime Video original series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power feels as long and tedious as Frodo’s journey to Mordor. But just as salvation awaited Middle-Earth at the end of that road to Mount Doom, for us fans awaits another dip into J.R.R. Tolkien’s incredibly immersive world with another story. Set in the Second Age of Middle-Earth, and thousands of years before the events of The Lord Of The Rings, this new series has been teasing us with posters that are rich in detail, and teasers that have left me in awe. So many new characters we shall meet, like Gil-Galad, the last Elven King of the Noldor, and some that fans of the Peter Jackson trilogy are familiar with, like a young Galadriel. When I tell you I’m excited, it’s an understatement!


While visually, the series looks breathtaking from what we’ve seen in the teasers so far, fans of Tolkien’s work will know the labours that it would take to translate his world on screen. Especially the languages. Yes, since the author created an entire world and different races, each with their own distinct language that evolved and even had dialects, it was a tough journey ahead for the dialect coaches to bring that to life.

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The Rings Of Power series promises to stay authentic to Tolkien’s work on the dialects, which we also saw in Peter Jackson’s film trilogy. And to do that, dialect coach Leith McPherson and a “little team,” as she calls it, have delved into the treasure trove of immense world-building that is the appendix at the end of The Return Of The King. It’s quite the source material that gives detailed insight into how Tolkien intended these languages to be written or to sound like. Leith has said how bringing different languages of Elvish, Dwarwish, and Orcish origin to life was a challenging task.

“Hundreds are focused on the visual, but here is this little team focused on making the auditory experience rich and varied, a kind of signpost as we move from place to place.”

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They also revealed that while they’re staying within the scope of Tolkien’s work, The Rings of Power has accorded them enough creative flexibility to play around.”We are honoring his work. We are not venturing so far off the map that Tolkien himself hasn’t given scope for it. At the same time, we have the flexibility to create, to be creative with the aural,” says Leith.

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power focuses on events that take place years ahead of Tolkien’s stories. It stars an ensemble cast of Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, and Morfydd Clark among others. A new teaser is all set to drop on July 14, and the series will stream from September 2, 2022, on Prime Video.

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