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The Lord of the Rings – The Rings of Power Panel 

Hall H, July 22, 2012 The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power panel was hosted by none other than one of J.R.R Tolkien‘s biggest fans: Stephen Colbert. The Late Show host—who often discusses his love for the novels on the show—described the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series as “a story of loss.” 

Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, alongside executive producer Lindsey Weber, explained that the show is set in the Second Age, thousands of years before the Lord of the Rings takes place. As a result, Patrick shared, the show is “about reintroducing this world and the return of evil.”  

Throughout the panel, they were joined by a collection of the show’s impressive cast including Robert Aramayo, Benjamin WalkerOwain Arthur, Ismael Cruz CórdovaNazanin Boniadi, Tyroe MuhafidinSara Zwangobani, Markella KavenaughMorfydd ClarkCynthia Addai-RobinsonEma HorvathMaxim Baldry and more.  

That includes Sophia Nomvete, who auditioned for the role of Disa—the first female dwarf depicted on-screen in the Tolkien universe—while pregnant. “I auditioned for this role when I was two days away from giving birth,” she explained, adding that she received the role when her daughter was five days oldAnd that her costume had to be designed for easy nursing.  

Megan RichardsPoppy Proudfellow’s character, Judith, said that she was offered the chance to sing on the show following one of the cast’s Karaoke nights. “We love karaoke,”She explained. “We did a lot of it in New Zealand.”Following the performance of the Little Shop of Horrors‘ “Suddenly, Seymour,”Patrick asked her to sing in the series, and she began working with composers on music. Bear McCreary.   

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