The Rings of Power may be popular, but it's a betrayal for JRR Tolkien.

Are footnotes a great idea for television, if you put enough money into it?

It's possible but in the case of The Rings of Power, inspired by fragments from JRR Tolkien's works, Amazon hasn't

According to ratings, the show is a huge success: 1.3 billion minutes have been streamed, as compared to Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon's 781 million minutes.

But artistically Amazon has created a disaster that is misinterpreting JRR Tolkien's. 

The author who wrote The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion was also a veteran during The Great War, and the Merton Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford University, 

where he lived in a stately, dusty abode till his passing in the year 1973. 

If Oxford didn't give him the respect he deserved as a novelist, nobody is more important than Oxford University, and least of all a fantasy writer and neither is Amazon.