In January 2021, Polygon – one of the most popular pop culture-focused websites in the world – embarked on a year-long campaign to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Branded “The Year of the Ring” and spearheaded by Polygon’s entertainment editor Susana Polo, this ambitious series of 52 articles covered an impressive range of topics by a diverse range of writers – including me!
Published on 13 October 2021, my Year of the Ring article explores how Peter Jackson’s portrayal of Lord of the Rings baddie Sauron represents a drastic departure from how the character is depicted in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books. Along the way, it covers everything from symbolism to Middle-earth marketing, and explains how Jackson won fans over with his radically different take on this iconic villain.
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