Saturday, September 10, 2022

Laconic Review of RINGS OF POWER episode 1



Carolyn Priest-Dorman said...

I've been puzzling over this for a week, and I have to know. You meant that in the Ursula Le Guin sense, right?

John D. Rateliff said...

Dear Carolyn

Sorry for the delay

Yes, I thought the characters in the first episode were too modern in their personalities and behavior. Their elves aren't v. elvish, while their harfoots and dwarves are parodic. It fit the phenomenon Le Guin diagnosed in her essay FROM ELFLAND TO POUGHKEEPSIE; hence the (rather oblique) nod to her work

Not that I don't think Le Guin only tells half the story. But that's the subject of another post.

--John R.