The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power(2022)
September 2, 2022
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Set thousands of years before the events of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the TV show takes place in the fantasy world’s Second Age. Featuring an ensemble cast, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power follows the reemergence of a great evil throughout Middle Earth.
The TV show is based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels of the same name. The subtitle "The Rings of Power" references the magical rings forged by Sauron. As part of a devious trick, three rings were gifted to the Elven-kings under the sky, seven to the Dwarf-lords and nine to mortal men.
In Tolkien’s original works, the Second Age includes the return of Sauron – the fallen Maia and Lord of Mordor who is eventually defeated in The Lord of the Rings during the Battle of the Morannon. This time period is also when men with Elvish heritage settle on the star-shaped island of Númenor. The TV show marks the first time the Second Age is adapted in live action, as both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place in the Third Age.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is based on stories by J. R. R. Tolkien, all of which take place in the fantasy setting of Middle-earth. This includes works such as The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. Tolkien’s fantasy novels are often considered to be among the greatest works of high fantasy literature of all time.
J. R. R. Tolkien released The Hobbit – a children's book taking place within Middle-earth – in 1937. He then returned to Middle-earth with The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This includes the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers in 1954, and Return of the King in 1955. He also published The Adventures of Tom Bombadil in 1962, Many other works set in Middle-earth – including unfinished manuscripts and letters from Tolkien – have been posthumously published.
The adventures in Middle-earth are also among the most expansive and detailed fictional universes ever created. J. R. R. Tolkien famously created several languages for his characters, such as variants of Elvish. The popularity of Tolkien’s fiction and new languages has led to Quenya and Sindarin becoming legally stated languages.
What are the rings of power?
In J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, the rings of power are twenty magical rings forged in the Second Age. They are created by a fallen Maia called Sauron in an attempt to seduce and corrupt the rulers of Middle-earth.
Behind the sinister plot is Sauron, who disguises himself as Annatar to trick his victims into accepting the rings. He teaches Celebrimbor and the Elf-smiths of Eregion how to craft the rings of power. Nine were given to men, three to Elves and seven to Dwarves. Unbeknownst to the rulers of Middle-earth, an additional ring was forged in the fires of Mount Doom for Sauron himself. The one ring has mysterious, magical control over the other nineteen rings of power – giving Sauron the ability to control those who wear them.
Where can I stream The Rings of Power?
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is an Amazon Original series, meaning Amazon Studios has exclusive rights to the TV show. It will only be available on Prime Video in the U.S., and the first episode will premiere on September 2, 2022.
On January 19th, 2022, the teaser trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power included the first half of J.R.R. Tolkien's original epigraph to The Lord of the Rings:
"Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.”
The epitaph was read by Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, the same character who read the words in the epilogue of Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.
Production: Timeline, news & updates
- November 13th, 2017: In a $250 million deal, Amazon completes an agreement to purchase television rights for The Lord of the Rings. The studio announces plans to develop a five-season production with a collective worth of $1 billion. The deal makes the show the most expensive series of all time. (Source: Hollywood Reporter)
- June 11th, 2018: A Q&A with Amazon Studios Head Jennifer Salke revealed that the studio had been involved in talks with Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson to discuss potential involvement. Salke also explained that the series was not a remake of the movies, but there will be beloved characters involved. (Source: Deadline)
- July 18th, 2018: Amazon studios taps JD Payne and Patrick McKay to develop the series. The duo released the following statement: “The rich world that J.R.R. Tolkien created is filled with majesty and heart, wisdom and complexity. We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with Amazon to bring it to life anew. We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care — it is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime.” (Source: Hollywood Reporter)
- May 21st, 2019: After signing an overall deal with Amazon studios, Game of Thrones writer and co-executive producer Bryan Cogman agrees to consult on the series. (Source: Variety)
- July 3rd, 2019: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona is hired to direct multiple episodes of season 1. Bayona will also executive produce the season alongside his producing partner, Belén Atienza. (Source: Deadline)
- July 27th, 2019: More members of the show’s creative team are announced with an official announcement trailer. This includes Lindsey Weber (10 Cloverfield Lane), Bruce Richmond (Game of Thrones), Gene Kelly (Boardwalk Empire) and Tal Yguado. Also joining the team is writer/executive producer Gennifer Hutchison (Breaking Bad); writer/executive producer Jason Cahill (The Sopranos) writer/executive producer Justin Doble (Stranger Things). The announcement trailer also features detailed maps of Middle-earth in the Second Age. This confirms that the show will center on the Second Age and will show previously unseen lands such as Númenor – a kingdom of Men brought up out of the sea by the Valar in the early Second Age. (Source: Deadline)
- December 27th, 2019: Welsh actress Morfydd Clark is cast as Galadriel, the character famously portrayed by Cate Blanchett in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy. Clark will play a younger version of the character as the series takes place in Middle-earth’s Second Age. (Source: Variety)
- January 14th, 2020: Amazon studios reveals more members of the show’s cast. This includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers and Daniel Weyman. Will Poulter had joined The Lord of the Rings TV series in September 2019, but then exited the project due to scheduling conflicts. (Source: Deadline)
- March 24th, 2021: Director Wayne Che Yip is announced as the show’s co-executive producer. He released the following statement: “It is a true honor to be invited into the world of Tolkien by J.D. & Patrick and Amazon Studios. Every day I look forward to working with the incredible team here in New Zealand as we humbly contribute to the legacy of the greatest stories ever told.” (Source: Variety)
- January 19th, 2022: The show’s first teaser trailer is released. It features close-ups of metal being forged. The metal sets on a board and eventually reveals the show’s official title: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. (Source: Youtube)
- January 19th, 2022: On the day of the show’s teaser trailer release, Amazon Executive Chairman Jeff Bezos posts an Instagram image of himself leaning on the board. The post includes the following captain: “Coming this September 2nd. Can’t wait for you to see it.” (Source: Instagram)
- February 5th, 2022: Amazon Studios releases 23 character posters. Each poster shows a different character’s hands. The images show a wide range of characters from different backgrounds – they include gold-covered hands, dirty-filled fingernails and what appears to be Sauron’s gauntlet. (Source: Amazon Studios)
- 14th February, 2022: The first trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is revealed during an advertising campaign at the Super Bowl LVI. The trailer shows Tolkien’s expansive world and a series of new characters. The trailer also shows actress Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, who is seen climbing snowy mountainous terrain. (Source: Amazon Studios)
Videos: Trailers, Teasers, Featurettes
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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from September 2, 2022.