Attending the NYC premiere of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' (23.08.22)

The Topic Podcast Network's Tolkien-focused show, The Lord of the Rings Podcast, was invited to the premiere of 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' in New York City on August 23rd, 2022.

It was a lovely night — wonderful people, a truly stunning (and artform-redefining) viewing of Episodes 1 and 2, and more memorable moments than I can count:

Meeting Trystan (Pharazôn)

Meeting Robert (Elrond) and passing on the letter I wrote to the RoP team

Meeting the Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen

Meeting Tessa Netting

Being seated next to and meeting J.D. Payne, the co-showrunner of The Rings of Power (alongside his childhood friend, Patrick McKay)

Being seated next to and meeting Rachel Payne, the brilliant opera singer and J.D. Payne's wife

Ray and I at the viewing

Meeting Anthony Breznican, an extremely gifted writer For Vanity Fair who moderated the panel

Meeting Ismael (Arondir)

Meeting Ismael (Arondir)

Meeting Ismael (Arondir)


‘Dear The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power team,


On behalf of over eight decades of lifelong love for and kinship with Ëa and Professor Tolkien’s unsurpassable Legendarium,


from the peoples of our worldwide community,


Thank You for being who you are and doing what you do!


From the beginning of your endeavour, which —


simply from the unprecedented levels of love, care and *true resonance* with Tolkien’s own creative ethos that are so clearly present at its heart —


will *itself* prove unsurpassable,


we have *always* championed you, every step of the way, and always will!


From the truest part of my heart,


I believe Tolkien himself could not have hoped for a better Fellowship of Other Minds & Hands to bring Arda’s untold tales to life!


Yours in truth, joy and light,


Albert (The Lord of the Rings Podcast)


Drawing: Númenorean ship sailing into sunrise (‘a new voyage starts…a new era begins!’)

Letter (back)

Letter (rolled)


Thank you to Will, aka Varking Runesong, for making the arrangements for this to happen — will most certainly be returning the favour some day soon.