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Why The New Rings Of Power Trailer Has Some Lord Of The Rings Fans Divided

Amazon Prime's upcoming "Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power" promises to bring even more adventure to the ever-expanding Middle Earth saga. "Rings of Power" is set to delve into the forging of those all-powerful rings. To quote show co-runner Patrick McKay in a recent Vanity Fair piece, there are "rings for the elves, rings for dwarves, rings for men, and then the one ring Sauron used to deceive them all."

And as any "LOTR" fan knows, power corrupts absolutely in J.R.R. Tolkien's universe, and fans are likely to learn just exactly how the awesome responsibility of holding such incredible world-shifting power will create and change nations, destroy or make certain characters, and possibly even set various factions into battle. But fans of the series are wielding a different kind of power — the sort that social media brings — to express their delight in or horror at the first look trailer for "Rings of Power." Here's why they're divided over whether or not the show will be a boon or bane to the franchise.

Will Rings of Power be a 'generic fantasy show' or are fans 'overreacting'?

The most frequent criticism lobbed against "Rings of Power" — by Twitter users such as @PandasAndVidya and @priceoreason – is that the show looks like a "generic fantasy show" and not distinctly like something from Middle Earth. In fact, both users compare the program to something The CW might put out were it to try producing a fantasy program. Multiple fans also claimed that the footage looks "like a video game." Viewers such as @ericakjimenez have even gone so far as to say that the trailer looks like a fan-made parody.

But there are definitely people who want to see how the "Rings of Power" plays out, and think their fellow fans are being a bit hasty in their condemnations of the trailer. "The sheer amount of pessimism is downright ridiculous," said @emmaspe35138874. "I reserve [judgment] until I have seen it myself and until then, remain cautiously optimistic," said @KeyboardJunkie. Other fans have happily and firmly thrown caution to the wind. "I am totally nerding out over this!!" said @MatthiasThGreat. "What an intro!!" agreed @ryan2one3.

Fans will have to wait until September 2 to find out whether or not the show meets their expectations — for better or worse.