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The new Lord Of The Rings' spin-off is just as epic and impressive as you'd expect

Magic, mythical creatures and the eternal struggle of good versus evil: over the next 10 weeks, a clash of the titans is brewing as two big budget fantasy adaptations battle it out in the streaming wars. While we've recently returned to the world of Westeros in HBO's Game Of Thrones prequel House Of The Dragon, today we venture back to Middle Earth for Amazon Prime Video's hotly-anticipated Lord Of The Rings spin-off, The Rings Of Power.

"Amazon has spent US$60 million per episode on the new Tolkien drama, and trust me, it shows," says Stylist's entertainment editor Christobel Hastings. "It's a spectacle in every sense of the word as it journeys from the sweeping vistas of Valinor to the immense kingdom of Khazad-dûm, delving into the doomed scheme to forge powerful magical rings. While there's no Frodo or the Fellowship this time around, it's thoroughly entertaining getting to know the new cast of elves, dwarves, humans and harfoots. Aside from the visual effects and sumptuous costumes, a special mention must go to the women, especially the young Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) as a 3,000-year old elven commander on a revenge mission, and the equally brilliant Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), a single mother and villager healer who has a forbidden romance with an elf warrior – both of whom think nothing of slaying orcs, snow trolls and sea monsters. Is it the Next Big Thing in TV? Based on the first two episodes, I'd have to say yes." Watch now on Amazon Prime Video


One use of these kitchen gadgets and you won't know how you ever lived without them 
Pa Design / £12.53
Place this crustaceancore spoon rest on the rim of your Le Creuset and save your cooktop from splatters and spills
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Sous Chef / £3.99
Never make too much – or worse, not enough – pasta again with this handy wooden spaghetti measuring tool
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Joseph Joseph / £15
If your housemate always leaves the dish cloth dripping on the side, this sink tidy is the answer to keeping them organised
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Crimpet / £12.99
Fully-load your sarnie – and make sure nothing falls out into your toaster – with a little help from this genius crimped press
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KitchenCraft / £8.95
From potato salads to creamy dips, have expertly-chopped herbs for every meal thanks to these multi-blade scissors
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Eddingtons / £6
Nail perfect soft-boiled eggs every time with this clever colour-changing timer that sits in the water as they cook
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The Friday Five: what to put on your radar, from the new claw clip to vegan nduja
In the first of our new occasional series, discover five things that have piqued our interest this week

Belazu Ve-Du-Ya
Vegans and vegetarians rejoice: this new meat-free nduja alternative promises all of the spicy flavour with none of the sausage – so good it prompted Stylist's food editor Jenny Tregoning to make pizza twice in one week just to eat it again. £4.35, Ocado.com

Electragram
Need to send a special note in a hurry but a WhatsApp just won't do? Founded by former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter and inspired by a classic telegram, this is a new digital communication platform offering customisable and personalised notes that can be delivered via email, text or social media. electragram.com

Happy Endings pop-ups
The weather may be turning but with cult London ice-cream makers Happy Endings popping up in both Shoreditch and Victoria Park, we can still live out our high summer dreams with luxury soft serve and artisan ice-cream sandwiches.

Manai Home
This new interiors site offers a range of covetable homeware – from colourful mugs and statement vases to neutral accessories and chic storage – with a price tag that won't make your bank balance wince. £6-£51.99; manaihome.co.uk

French hair pins
According to TikTok, French pins are the new claw clip. Update your do with Chris Rubin's gold and pastel options (£19.80) or Tegan Accessories' purse-friendly tortoiseshell designs (£5.50)


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