September 29, 2022

The cast and crew partied the night away at the British Museum after the premiere of The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power.

After the successful premiere of ‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power’ in London’s Leicester Square, it was time for the cast and crew to celebrate their night. They headed to The British Museum to commemorate their accomplishments where series composer Bear McCreary led a 13-piece orchestra in a live composition he created specifically for the premiere. As well as McCreary’s live performance, several treasures were on display for those in attendance.

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THE DETAILS

 London’s historic British Museum served as the glorious setting for the premiere after-party of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the highly anticipated Prime Video series debuting on September 2. The British Museum, established in 1753, boasts a collection of over 8 million objects, including one of the leading collections of the sort of material that inspired J.R.R. Tolkien. The historic venue was transformed into a tribute to the legacy of the iconic works of Tolkien, transporting guests into the magical worlds he created.

 

The exterior of the iconic museum served as a visually stunning backdrop for the arrival of the global premiere’s special guests. The red carpet, lined in gold Elven script, ran up the steps past towering columns gilded in golden leaves reminiscent of Middle-earth’s Lindon realm. Inside the event, and to celebrate the launch of The Rings of Power, series composer Bear McCreary led a 13-piece orchestra, including 10 taiko drums and 21 vocalists, in a live performance of a composition he created specifically for the London premiere. McCreary’s performance occurred on the steps of the Great Court, surrounding the famous Round Reading Room. The Round Reading Room, which was completed in 1857, became a world-famous center of learning at the heart of the Museum.

IN ATTENDANCE

Attending the global premiere were all 22 series’ cast regulars: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

 

Also attending the premiere were showrunners and executive Producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay; executive producers Lindsey Weber and Callum Greene; director and co-executive producer Wayne Che Yip and director Charlotte Brändström; writer and executive producer Justin Doble; series composer Bear McCreary; production designer Ramsey Avery; concept artist John Howe; supervising dialect coach Leith McPherson, and casting director Theo Park.

AMAZON EXECUTIVES

Amazon executives in attendance at the world premiere included Jeff Bezos, founder & executive chairman; Jeff Blackburn, VP Media & Entertainment; Mike Hopkins, SVP, Prime Video, MGM and Amazon Studios; Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios; Vernon Sanders, head of Global Television, Amazon Studios; Albert Cheng, COO of Amazon Studios, among others.

THE TREASURES ON DISPLAY

Some of those treasures that were on display for event guests included:

Anglo-Saxon Seax (fighting knife), inscribed with Old English runes. Tolkien created his own runic alphabets, derived from Old English and Old Norse runes, while some of his characters fought with weapons like this.

11th-century gold Viking ring, found in a hoard in Hampshire. In Viking times, as in Tolkien’s books, gold rings were symbols of wealth and power. This example is made of six separate strands of gold twisted together in an intricate pattern.

Double-edged Viking sword from the River Thames. This sword has a pattern-welded blade, which when new would have created an almost magical shimmering effect. The hilt fittings are decorated with silver and copper inlay. A suitable weapon for an Elvish hero.

Viking Axehead, 10th or 11th century. If swords were the chosen weapons of Elves and Men, Tolkien’s Dwarves loved their axes. This massive example could cut an enemy in half, or take out the legs of a charging horse.

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“The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” will be released on Prime Video On September 2nd. The first two episodes will be available at launch with new episodes released weekly.

Source: Prime Video

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