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Robert Aramayo, The Rings of Power’s Robert Aramayo: Getting to know Elrond was made possible by Tolkien’s books

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Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power featured the elf lord Elrond played by British actor Robert Aramayo, who explained I’ve always been interested in him. He’s the character I was asked to look after. Whilst I’m his custodian, I just want to do the best I can.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is fast earning its place in the fantasy genre with three episodes already released! Of the many characters in the Amazon Prime series, we’re curious about the Elrond played by Robert Aramayo, an Elven warrior who was portrayed earlier by Hugo Weaving, in Middle-earth’s Third Age, in Peter Jackson’s award-winning trilogy The Lord of the Rings.
Delving into his The Lord of the Rings, Aragorn described how he became Elrond: For the characters in The Rings of Power, Robert Aramayo reveals that it was J. R. R. Tolkien’s “First Age” books that were crucial to the development of Elrond’s character: “Always for me, it was the books. I have a real passion, especially for First Age Tolkien, with The Silmarillion, Fall of Gondolin, Children of Húrin, and Beren and Lúthien. Those books were my bible.”

“Elrond doesn’t feature in the First Age, but if you’re trying to determine something about his direct past, then you can find it in there. I think Tolkien’s themes are so strong in his First Age work. You can learn a lot about what he intended in certain moments by looking at some of that work. That was always really useful,” Aramayo elaborated.

Furthermore, Robert explained how he is intimidated and scared to play a complex character like Elrond. “There’s no doubt it’s a really big undertaking and it can be overwhelming, but I think that’s true for Elrond, as well. He’s at a point in his life where the most famous deeds that he would be known for are that of his family. He’s in a situation where his brother created a country, essentially. His parents saved the world. That’s a lot of pressure on him. At certain points, it’s useful in lots of ways. It’s intimidating and scary, wanting people to like it, but also Mr. Tolkien and what he intended. I really love Elrond and I’ve always been super interested in him. Whilst I’m his custodian, I just wanna do the best I can.”

Consider us more intrigued, Mr. Aramayo!

What do you think of Robert Aramayo’s performance so far as Elrond in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power? Share your personal thoughts with Pinkvilla in the comments section below.

Meanwhile, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Ep 4 drops on Friday, i.e. September 16.

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