Lord Of the Rings’ Sam Gamgee Actor Got ‘Chills’ From Watching Rings Of Power

It looks as though Samwise Gamgee is a fan of Amazon’s The Rings of Power.

During an interview with Sam Maggs at Calgary Expo 2022, actor Sean Astin revealed that he’s already seen the preview… and it gave him chills.

“I for one am excited,” he said. “I saw the preview for it, and it gave me chills. It looked like they got it. I’ve been saying the whole time, they’re gonna do it right. There’s no way Amazon is gonna pay almost a billion dollars for a franchise just to screw it up.”

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set during the second age of Middle Earth – thousands of years before the events of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Nevertheless, Astin believes the new series will bring a new generation of fans to the film trilogy.

“You just think, how long before it will be fresh? For an entire, at least one or two generations, it’ll be brand new. They’ll end up discovering our version of The Lord of the Rings as a consequence of seeing what will be new to them.”

The upcoming series will delve into the rise of Sauron as well as the last alliance between Elves and Men… and even includes some characters we know and love, even if they look a bit different.

“It will bring new awareness to what we did, so it’s all good,” he added. “And if in the unlikely event it’s not good, okay. I still credit people with being determined and trying and expressing themselves. And I feel that way about all remakes. You have classics that you think ‘please don’t touch that,’ but the truth is, nothing can ever take it away.”

Still, it sounds as though Astin isn’t too precious about his time as Samwise Gamgee and expects to see The Lord of The Rings remade someday.

“Tolkien, as a master storyteller, has created a work that will forever be reinterpreted,” he said. “Forever. I’m just one Samwise, there will be many, many Samwises to carry the torch of the ideas, the language, and the heart of that character.”

Will fan favourite Gandalf the Grey make an appearance? Not likely… but with a whole gang of new characters, there’s plenty of lore to get stuck into in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.


Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

Additional reporting by Cian Maher.

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