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Each episode of “Rings of Power” has hidden details.  Here’s how to dig them up

If you are currently watching The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime, you already know it’s an incredibly beautiful show filled with political intrigue, action, and characters with names you’ll forget in minutes.

Tolkien’s lore has been translated to screen to spectacular effect, and most of the additions and changes made to support storytelling in this world have been well received.

As with anything Tolkien, there are two types of fans: those who want to enjoy it for what it is, and those who want to consume every little detail over multiple watches of each episode. If you find yourself in the latter category or are curious to learn a little more about the world revealed in this series, Prime Video has an often overlooked feature with a veritable treasure trove of trivia for your enjoyment.

Amazon’s X-Ray feature isn’t new at all, but it isn’t often fully appreciated. Whether you’re watching on a laptop, phone or smart TV, X-Ray means that when you pause something streaming through Prime Video, you get a bit of information about the actors on screen at that moment. -the.

This feature is great when you can’t quite put your finger on where you’ve seen an actor before, but X-Ray usually offers a lot more information than that.

If you press the on-screen X-Ray button while pausing, several tabs will appear. You can more easily jump between plot points in the Scenes tab on X-Ray, as well as discover more under the Bonus Content and Trivia tabs.

For The Rings of Power, these last two sections are full of cool items to discover in each episode. For fans of the sheer beauty of this series, the X-Rays Bonus Content tab is filled with both high-quality stills from the episode and some of the artwork created in the storyboard that led to the creation amazing scenery.

Each episode has its own unique piece of this content, and the bigger your screen, the more you can enjoy here. I found the most fun in X-Ray’s Trivia tab, which Amazon filled with knowledge to help explain what’s happening on screen as well as the specific section in the books the scene is derived from. so you can go read it for yourself. Each episode also has several snippets of quotes from the books, immediately followed by the chapter marker so you can search for it.

Considering all the initial consternation over this show’s fidelity to the source material, I think it’s extremely cool of Amazon to show receipts like this. And if I’m being honest, having the X-Ray Trivia tab open on my phone while the episode is playing on my TV is a great way to keep me from tweeting spoilers before most people watched the episode. But overall, I think it’s just great to have those little extra bits of fun attached to each episode for those who want a little more.

Check it out. You’ll be glad you did.


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