“Tolkien must be rolling over in his grave!” : Elon Musk talks about “Rings of Power” on Prime Video

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, was not stingy with words regarding the first two episodes of Ring of Power. Clearly upset, he didn’t hesitate to lash out at the Lord of the Rings series on Twitter.

On September 2, “Rings of Power” was released on Amazon Prime Video, breaking the audience record for a series start with 25 million viewers.

Fans took to social media to express their opinions about this adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s stories. This is the case of a certain Elon Musk, the same media boss of Tesla and SpaceX.

The latter was not kind to the series! “Tolkien must be rolling over in his grave,” he wrote in the first tweet. The businessman did not stop there, releasing fierce criticism about the treatment of male characters.

All male characters are either cowards or jerks or both.

“All male characters are either cowards or jerks or both. Only Galadriel is brave, smart and kind,” he sang. The South African billionaire’s two predictions received over 300,000 likes on Twitter, causing a wide outcry.

Was this Elon Musk attack really aimed at The Lord of the Rings, or was it more aimed at his great rival Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon?

The latter recently revealed that his son, a big fan of Tolkien, asked him not to “screw up” in acquiring the film rights to The Lord of the Rings.


Moreover, according to THR, Amazon is facing an army of “trolls” on the Internet. The latter rushed to review sites to knock the series out when the first two episodes aired.

On the Prime Video platform, Amazon has also been forced to adopt a new anti-troll strategy (ironic for a fantasy series like The Lord of the Rings). There is now a 72-hour delay after reviews are posted online while they are reviewed.

The series received an avalanche of scathing reviews on other sites such as Rotten Tomatoes. At least 37% of the reviews came from anonymous users whose profile cannot be verified. If Amazon can’t control all rating sites, then Jeff Bezos’ firm can still keep an eye on its own affairs.

Episode 3 of “Rings of Power” will air Friday, September 9th on Prime Video.

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