That's like a two thousand year time span it's covering...
In the novels, the aforementioned things take place over thousands of years, but Payne and McKay have compressed events into a single point in time. It is their biggest deviation from the text, and they know it’s a big swing. “We talked with the Tolkien estate,” says Payne. “If you are true to the exact letter of the law, you are going to be telling a story in which your human characters are dying off every season because you’re jumping 200 years in time, and then you’re not meeting really big, important canon characters until season four. Look, there might be some fans who want us to do a documentary of Middle-earth, but we’re going to tell one story that unites all these things.”
Two episodes tomorrow. I'm sure it will be an impressive looking show and maybe it will be a fun fantasy show. Will it give me the Tolkien feels that only his writing can? Well, no; how could it?
There were some really cool shots but the pacing was off and the dialogue was not good. It's so obviously trying to be deep and meaningful and Tolkien-esque but it's just a bit eye-roll worthy, to be honest, and this definitely isn't Tolkien. You can use his names and places but it's not Tolkien. To be fair I imagine it's REALLY fucking hard to nail his style in any convincing way so yeah.