Maxim Baldry discusses role as Isildur in The Rings of Power

Maxim Baldry says it was a "gift" to be able to work with the showrunners of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power to create the character of Isildur. Mentioned briefly in The Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson's film trilogy, Isildur was a King of Gondor who cut the One Ring from the hand of Sauron only to later lose it.

The Rings of Power, set thousands of years before the original trilogy during the Second Age of Middle-earth, introduces Isildur as a Númenórean sailor who rises through the ranks.

The first two episodes of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power are streaming on Prime Video now.

Video transcript

- Maxim, you're obviously playing a character that we know about. Did you kind of feel the weight of that, I guess? A character that people have heard a lot about, but perhaps not seen a great deal of.

- Yeah. I mean, I actually remembered it. When I found out I was playing him, I was like, oh my God, he was in the movies. And then I rewatched that beat, and it is a pivotal moment that connects the second and third age together. So Tolkien wrote kind of signposts for certain characters, but you didn't really know much about them as humans. So we had the gift of creating this character from the ground up and finding out what he was like as a young kind of sailor on the cusp of adulthood. And that's been lovely to do and find out certain things about him that I didn't really know and didn't get from the movies.

- Absolutely. And for all of you, but I guess for you, especially, was there a worry about like fan expectations? And, obviously, people love this stuff so much. So the idea that maybe this might not land as well as you all hoped?

- People have a sense of ownership, I think, especially if they're fans of the show over the characters that they grew up loving and kind of have an affinity towards them. But I think it's important for us to have-- to do it with respect that it deserves. And I think we did that as well.