The opening credits of Rings Of Power inspired by the works of Tolkien
Turns out the team behind The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was inspired by the work of JRR Tolkien for an unexpected aspect of the series: the opening credits. Many fans watching the Prime Video series may have been a bit confused by the more subdued vibe of the credits sequence compared to similar shows. But apparently it wasn’t just an impromptu decision.
A rather clever the Lord of the Rings fan recently pointed out that the intricate runes seen in the charged easter egg intro power rings bore a striking resemblance to a real-world phenomenon known as Chladni figures. Essentially, it refers to the idea of making sound visible to the eye (also called cymatics), which can best be seen by bombarding sand with certain audio frequencies. Anyone who’s been to some sort of science center has probably seen this in action, with designs and shapes that seem to form out of nowhere in piles of sand. Of course, it’s fascinating to know that the designers were inspired by a rather thematically appropriate fusion of science and art. But the meaning goes even further than that.
Alexander King, the fan who reported it on Twitter, apparently caught the attention of someone involved in the process. Anthony Vitagliano, the creative director in charge of the team that made the opening credits (Plains of Yonder), responded with gratitude and a link detailing exactly where their inspiration came from. Not only did the team reference cymatics and Chladni figures to add an air of authenticity, but they used it as an extension of what they were really aiming for. Much like the rest of the series, they wanted to draw a direct line to things written by Tolkien himself, obscure as they might be to the average reader.
“Inspiring us from JRR Tolkien’s Ainur, immortal angelic beings who sing such beautiful music that the world is created from their very sound,” the Plains of Yonder team said, “we crafted a main sequence ‘constructed from the world of sound.'” They then explained what the sequence was meant to represent. “The sequence evokes an ancient, unseen power, struggling to be seen. Symbols form, flow, sprout and disappear as quickly as they came. Unknowable realms of sound create fleeting visions of shifting conflict and harmony. to the beat of Howard Shore’s opening title note.”
Referenced primarily in Tolkien’s work The Silmarillionthe Ainur are probably not known to the majority of the Lord of the Rings fans, even the most passionate ones. That’s not to say these fans are any less legitimate, of course. Tolkien’s creations are some of the densest and most detailed in the history of fiction, to the point that he created entire languages. Even that is only a fraction of the depth to which he delved into creating his lore.
So now be comforted and even proud to know how power rings uses real science to reference some pretty deep cuts from Tolkien. Bring this little treat to a party once in a while. If nothing else, it could inspire a marathon of LOTR movies, and it’s always a good time for those who want to stay up for an extra 12 hours.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Powerr Season 1 is now available on Amazon Prime Video.
MORE: Daredevil: A Look At Matt Murdock’s Sense Of Humor
Source: Plains here below