Hello and welcome to the first Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power recap.

It's been a big couple of weeks for fantasy TV - you may have noticed a certain other show started a few weeks ago - but we're here to celebrate, not make constant comparisons with House of the Dragon, 

so I'll keep those to a minimum - plus, if you want to discuss that, my colleague Tom Huddleston is writing some very fine recaps. 

Let's also keep references to RoP's budget to a minimum - rumoured to be $1 billion (£860 million) for the five seasons, making it the most costly TV show ever created. 

 Let's just say that The Rings of Power looks unlike anything I've ever seen before, from the first frame to the last. 

The scope and ambition pervade every scene; the costumes, settings, backdrops, and accessories rival even Marvel's biggest-budget offerings, surpassing even Peter Jackson's original LotR trilogy's grungy, lived-in style. 

We opened with Galadriel's melancholy narration, informing us that she remembered the years before everything went wrong, 

when "the world was so young that there had not been a sunrise," and something about darkness and light.

Young Galadriel (Amelie Child Villiers) was shown to be ready for a fight.

Her elder brother Finrod (Will Fletcher) arrived just as she was getting the better of the boy who sank her sailboat to settle things down and provide some dubious advise.