Lloyd Owen’s position in Prime Video’s “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” has been a very long time coming. 

“I learn ‘The Hobbit’ after I was about 11 years outdated, and by the point my son received to about that age, we began studying it collectively as a bedtime story,” Owen, 56 (“You, Me, and the Apocalypse”) informed The Post. 

“Tolkien’s creativeness had such a strong impact on me after I was youthful, and I doubled down on studying it with my son. So, it’s been joyous to re-read all the things, after which to learn all the things I didn’t know was on the market, correctly – ‘The Silmarillion’ and all of Tolkien’s writings.

From right: "Rings of Power" cast members post for a photo standing in a line: Kemen (Leon Wadham), Queen Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), Pharazôn (Trystan Gravelle), Elendil (Lloyd Owen), Eärien (Ema Horvath), and Isildur (Maxim Baldry)
Kemen (Leon Wadham), Queen Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), Pharazôn (Trystan Gravelle), Elendil (Lloyd Owen), Eärien (Ema Horvath), and Isildur (Maxim Baldry)
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Lloyd Owen smiling at the camera.
Lloyd Owen has lengthy been captivated by “LOTR.”
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“It’s been a beautiful journey of discovery and it’s very thrilling to be half of it.” 

“The Rings of Power,” premiering Sept. 1, is about round a thousand years earlier than the occasions of Peter Jackson’s “Rings” films. Owen performs Elendil, a personality from Tolkien lore who is named an incredible warrior and the primary King of Gondor and Arnor. One of his sons consists of Isildur (Maxim Baldry), who appeared in the prologue montage of “The Fellowship of the Ring” (as Aragorn’s ancestor who lower the Ring off of Sauron’s hand). Elendil additionally works with the Elves, together with Galadriel (Morfydd Clark).

Lloyd Owen as Elendil in "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."
Lloyd Owen as Elendil in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.”
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Lloyd Owen on a horse with Morfydd Clark also on a horse, riding on a beach by cliffs.
Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elendil (Lloyd Owen) in “The Rings of Power.”
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“People who know the books will know that Elendil dies in the final alliance of elves and males. He has a self-sacrificial dying towards Sauron,” Owen stated. “Where we discover him initially of the sequence, he’s a sea captain. He’s the daddy of three grownup youngsters, he’s been widowed and he’s attempting to carry that household collectively. I believe the best way [creators J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay] have set this up is good. What Tolkien has truly written about Elendil is sparse. There are signposts alongside the best way, however we all know little or no about him [and] he’s type of a hero archetype. Throughout the start [of the series] he’s removed from being a frontrunner.

“One of the privileges of this position is that he begins from a quite simple level in life, and has no thought about management or kingship or something,” he stated. “That shall be his journey — he’s a reluctant hero. He doesn’t actually wish to become involved, but it surely’s larger than him.”

Isildur (Maxim Baldry), standing on a ship.
Isildur (Maxim Baldry), who’s Elendil’s son.
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Galadriel  (Morfydd Clark) looking rumpled and serious wearing armor.
Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) in “The Rings of Power.”
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Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elendil (Lloyd Owen) in  a dim room looking at books together in "The Rings of Power"
Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elendil (Lloyd Owen) in “The Rings of Power”
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The manufacturing has a notoriously hefty price tag, and Owen stated he was wowed by the units, particularly in the dominion of Númenor, the place a lot of his story takes place.

“In the period of CGI and the truth that that is Amazon and a big-budget manufacturing – you think about there can be loads of inexperienced display. But they did the other,” he stated. “They constructed nearly all the things. I hardly keep in mind standing wherever close to a inexperienced display in my expertise in the town of Numenor, which you’ll see in Episode 3 and onward.

Queen Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) stands in the middle of an ornate room surrounded by a crowd.
A scene in Numenor, with Queen Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson).
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“It was essentially the most unbelievable piece of set design I believe I’ve skilled. The historical past of the world and the town – they constructed up layer upon layer,” he stated. “There was one wall down a aspect alley, the place the artwork division had Elvish carved into the stone, and that had been graffitied over by Numenorian writing. That is the crux of the issue in Numenorean society: there’s the start of a schism between what are referred to as the Kings males — who’re extra nationalistic and wish to be immortal just like the Elves — and the extra devoted and dependable aspect to the Elves. And that they had carried out that [layered graffiti] and it was down somewhat alleyway that we’d by no means have filmed in.

“That was the extent of consideration to element.” 

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