Fans are readying for a return to JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth thanks to a new series coming to Amazon Prime Video. Titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the show takes place thousands of years before the events of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings films. It is considered the most expensive series in television history, costing $465 million to make.
So for those who can’t wait until September, here’s everything you need to know.
When will ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ be released?
The show will have its premiere on Amazon Prime on September 2. The first season consists of eight episodes, with a new episode released every week.
What is the plot for 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power'?
Not a lot has been revealed yet about the show, with the plot being still kept under wraps. The synopsis on Amazon Prime reads: "Beginning in a time of relative peace, we follow an ensemble cast of characters as they confront the re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.
"From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Numenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone."
“The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Numenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men," said showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay.
"Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring – but before there was one, there were many… and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all."
Who is the cast in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’?
With few details available on the plot, we also know little about the full cast. However, according to IMDb, here is who is set to appear.
Robert Aramayo, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trystan Gravelle, Morfydd Clark, Joseph Mawle, Markella Kavenagh, Peter Mullan, Augustus Prew, Charles Edwards, Lenny Henry, and Maxim Baldry.
It’s very unlikely any of the past characters from The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogies will pop up, as the new show will be set in a different time period.
What trailers have been released?
In January, the first teaser trailer for the coming show was released. In it, we do not see any of the characters or even any locations for Middle-earth. Instead, we see the creation of a ring before The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power title is unveiled.
Amazon Prime Video has now released another teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power during Super Bowl LVI. In it, viewers are reintroduced to the lush setting of Middle-earth as well as briefly introduced to some of the new characters.
What does the first teaser trailer for 'Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' reveal?
The one-minute video unveils robe-wearing elves, stone-breaking dwarves and galloping horses. A woman’s voice says: “Haven't you ever wondered what else is out there? There's wonders in this world beyond our wandering … I can feel it.”
A few moments later, the clip pans to be a young girl played by Kavenagh. While there isn’t much revealed in the teaser as that beginning snippet is the only dialogue, fans are given a first look at the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings.
As mentioned, there won't be any characters from the Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film franchise making an appearance, however we will be introduced to some of the younger versions of those characters including Galadriel, who was played by Cate Blanchett in the film.
In the show, the younger version of the character is portrayed by Clark. She is seen climbing up a massive frozen waterfall in armour and full kit. In addition to Galadriel, we also see other characters such as Cordova as Arrondir and Aramayo as young Elrond (who was played by Hugo Weaving in the film series).
— This article was first published on January 20, 2022