When a fan asked Neil Gaiman on Twitter for his opinion on The Rings of Power, he replied in a quote tweet that it was “really, really fun. I remember buying the Silmarillion as a student when it was released and it wasn’t the prequel I was hoping for. That’s kind of what I wanted to experience at the time. It will I watch the whole series with excitement when it falls.”
Some fans dismissed Gaiman’s reference to The Silmarillion in his tweet as the Amazon series relies more on the lore in the appendices than any other source of JRR Tolkien’s work – plus the creators only had access to The Lord of the Rings ‘ and ‘The Hobbit,’ none of the other lyrics (per Vanity Fair). But Gaiman takes the criticism in his stride, trying to emphasize that just because one’s expectations aren’t met immediately doesn’t mean one can’t love and appreciate a work of art later, once one’s had the chance to reconsider it. Responding to a sympathetic fan who expressed confusion at the harsh refutation of Gaiman’s initial tweet, Gaiman had this to say: “Getting irrationally angry at a 16-year-old self seems to have made her self-righteously happy in her anger. So that’s fine.” That’s a masterclass example of how to deal with social media trolls, if there ever was one. Suffice it to say that Gaiman’s steadfastness is encouraging – and certainly adds to the hype surrounding The Rings of Power.