Everything We Know About The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

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At a glance:

  • Inspired by the events elaborate successful J.R.R. Tolkien’s past of Middle-earth beyond The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Rings of Power explores what happened agelong earlier the events of those novels, dubbed the Second Age of Middle-earth.
  • Set thousands of years earlier the events of the books and movies (which Rings of Power has a... tenuous transportation to, and Amazon has been vague connected the specifics), it details respective events during the aforementioned Second Age, including Sauron’s forging of the titular magical Rings of Power, and the infamous One Ring designed to predominate each others to his will.
  • It’s acceptable to statesman streaming connected Prime Video starting September 2. Read io9's reappraisal here.
  • Season 1 volition tally for 8 episodes, and the bid has already been granted a 2nd season.
  • Season 2 volition apt premiere successful 2024.

Last updated 3/31/2023. 

The Rings of Power is astir the Second Age of Middle-Earth.

 The Rings of Power

Image: Amazon Studios

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Set during the Second Age of Middle-earth—for the record, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are acceptable astatine the precise extremity of the Third Age—Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power charts the emergence of Sauron, arsenic the Dark Lord manipulates the beings of Middle-Earth to hatch plans to sow chaos and crook the onshore to his will. (Read more: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Show Is About the Return of Sauron)

The Second Age itself is simply a play that spans implicit thousands of years, leaving plentifulness of country for stories to beryllium told successful The Rings of Power. Beyond the instrumentality of Sauron—diminished aft a warfare against the Elves astatine the behest of the First Dark Lord, Morgoth—and the forging of the Rings of Power, the Second Age sees the autumn of the land kingdom of Númenor, the descendants of whom spell connected to recovered the quality kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor, and adjacent the making of the full satellite from a level flat into a spherical planet. (Read more: Everything You Need to Know About Lord of the Rings’ Second Age) 

We bash cognize that we won’t conscionable spot events from that circumstantial play of clip successful the show, however. Our very archetypal look astatine the bid teased a glimpse backmost astatine the earliest years of instauration successful Tolkien’s immense reckoning of Arda, the satellite of his phantasy works. (Read More: Why the Glowing Trees successful Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Are So Important)

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One happening we’re not truthful definite astir is conscionable however and if Rings of Power volition link to Peter Jackson’s iconic adaptation of Lord of the Rings. The Second Age culminates successful the Last Alliance of Elves and Men doing conflict with Sauron astatine the basal of Mount Doom, an lawsuit seen successful the opening of The Fellowship of the Ring, truthful we could spot a transportation there. Beyond that, each we cognize is that Amazon is allowed to usage the nebulous thought of “materials” from the movies, but it’s been hazy astir conscionable what that means. Expect thing evocative of the films, if not straight connected, visually speaking. (Read more: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Show Can Use ‘Materials’ From the Movies, Whatever That Means)

Who is making The Rings of Power? 

Rings of Power is showrun by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, and features an expansive penning staff, including Breaking Bad’s Gennifer Hutchison and Hannibal’s Helen Shang, among galore more. (Read more: Meet the Full Creative Team Behind Amazon’s Lord of the Rings)

There are besides aggregate directors attached to the series, each tackling a fistful of episodes. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A. Bayona helmed the archetypal 2 episodes of the show, earlier passing the reigns to Wheel of Time and Doctor Who’s Wayne Che Yip for different 4 episodes, with The Witcher’s Charlotte Brändström directing the remaining two. Bear McCreary created to people to the epic series. (Read more: Your Latest Lembas-Crumb of Lord of the Rings Show News Is Here)

What’s the accumulation docket for The Rings of Power?

First announced successful 2017, The Rings of Power entered accumulation successful 2020, and was paused owed to the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic. Filming resumed successful the summertime of 2020, aft New Zealand began lifting the archetypal question of strict covid-19 lockdown rules, with filming concluding successful the mediate of 2021. The bid has outgo Amazon implicit fractional a cardinal dollars to produce, with Amazon Studios’ Jennifer Salke defended the fund arsenic indispensable to physique the satellite of Middle-earth to a desired scope. In a speech with the Hollywood Reporter, Salke said that “As for however galore radical request to ticker Lord of the Rings? A lot. A giant, planetary assemblage needs to amusement up to it arsenic assignment television, and we are beauteous assured that that volition happen.” (Read More: Amazon Explains Lord of the Rings’ Giant Budget, Which Is Still Smaller Than Jeff Bezos’ Yacht)

While the archetypal play of The Rings of Power was filmed successful New Zealand—following successful the footsteps of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie trilogies—the already confirmed 2nd season of the amusement volition re-locate accumulation to the United Kingdom. Post accumulation connected play 1 volition past until astir June 2022, with pre-production connected play 2 starting successful aboriginal 2022. (Read More: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Just Dropped a Surprising Bit of Season 2 News)

What is the merchandise day for The Rings of Power, Season Two? 

The Rings of Power, play two, mightiness premiere successful 2024. No day is set. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power play 1 premiered connected September 2, 2022. Read io9's reappraisal here.

Is determination a The Rings of Power trailer?

There is for play one. An authoritative trailer was released connected August 23. Before that it was San Diego Comic Con that gave america another trailer connected July 22. A main teaser trailer was released connected July 14. This teaser comes aft the 1 released astatine the Super Bowl connected February 13, it gives america a look astatine a fewer notable faces and the sweeping vistas of Arda, mostly focusing connected cryptic shtos of Morfydd Clark successful enactment arsenic Galadriel. (See More: The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power’s Stunning First Teaser Is Here)

Empire Magazine released each 4 screen variations of its forthcoming Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power issue. We besides got an representation of a Snow-Troll connected June 5 from Empire Magazine, arsenic good arsenic our archetypal look astatine the Harfoots. There are nary trailers for play two.

Who is successful the cast? Who bash they play?

 The Rings of Power

Image: Amazon Studios

The Rings of Power has an incredibly ample cast, including Will Fletcher (Finrod), Amelie Child-Villiers (Young Galadriel), and Beau Cassidy (Dilly Brandyfoot). In December 2020, Amazon announced a whopping 20 caller additions. Deep breath, added to the formed were: Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Queen Regent Míriel), Ian Blackburn (Rowan), Kip Chapman (Rían), Anthony Crum (Ontamo), Maxine Cunliffe (Vilma), Trystan Gravelle (Pharazôn), Sir Lenny Henry (Sadoc Burrows), Thusitha Jayasundera (Malva), Fabian McCallum (Thondir), Simon Merrells (Watchwarden Revion),​ Geoff Morrell (Waldreg), Peter Mullan (King Durin III), Lloyd Owen (Elendil), Augustus Prew (Médhor), Peter Tait (Tredwill), Alex Tarrant (Valandil), Leon Wadham (Kemen), Benjamin Walker (High King Gil-galad), and Sara Zwangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot). (Read More: Lord of the Rings Adds 20 Cast Members, and We Have No Idea What They’re Doing)

In precocious 2019, it was reported that His Dark Material’s Morfydd Clark had joined the series, playing a younger mentation of the Elven ruler Galadriel, portrayed by Cate Blanchett successful The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. (Read More: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’s Morfydd Clark connected Galadriel arsenic a Warrior)

But Galadriel isn’t the lone acquainted look oregon notable fig from Tolkien’s lore successful the show. Amazon has confirmed alongside Clark’s casting that Robert Aramayo volition play Elrond, the aboriginal lord of Rivendell played by Hugo Weaving successful the movies, portion Celebrimbor, the Elven forgemaster deceived by Sauron into helping trade the rings of powerfulness volition beryllium played by Charles Edwards. Beyond Elves, the bid has formed Maxim Baldry arsenic Prince Isildur, the lad of the aboriginal king of Gondor and Arnor, Elendil, and has teased a big of archetypal characters arsenic well: Charlie Vickers arsenic a quality named Halbrand that allies with Galadriel, Ismael Cruz Cruz Córdova and Nazanin Boniadi arsenic the Silvan Elf Arondir and quality healer Bronwyn caught successful a forbidden romance, and Sophia Nomvete arsenic Disa the Dwarven Princess of Khazad-dûm. (Read More: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’s Cast connected How the Show’s Elves and Dwarves Will Surprise Us.)

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While we don’t cognize each quality appearing, we bash person a vague inkling of conscionable immoderate of the aesthetic of the show: successful aboriginal February 2022, Amazon released the archetypal quality posters for the series, teasing 23 antithetic characters of assorted races—including a teasing glimpse of the Dark Lord Sauron. (Read more: Give Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’s Character Posters a Hand)

Season 2 has gotten a huge additional cast, including:

  • Ben Daniels (Rogue One, The Crown)
  • Nicholas Woodeson (Rome, Skyfall)
  • Nia Towle (Persuasion)
  • Amelia Kenworthy (IRL, Messenger)
  • Sam Hazeldine (The Hunstman: Winter’s War, Sandman)
  • Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour (The Witcher, Young Wallander)
  • Gabriel Akuwudike (Hanna, The War of the Worlds)
  • Ciarán Hinds (Belfast, Rome)
  • Rory Kinnear (Men, Penny Dreadful)
  • Tanya Moodie (Motherlands, The Clinic)

How tin I ticker The Rings of Power?

The amusement volition watercourse exclusively connected Amazon’s Prime Video platform, which volition necessitate a subscription. There is besides an appendices available.

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What’s adjacent for the Lord of the Rings franchise?

We don’t cognize overmuch of Amazon’s plans for the aboriginal of The Lord of the Rings beyond astatine the precise slightest a 2nd play of The Rings of Power. But we bash cognize that determination is astatine slightest 1 much Lord of the Rings projects coming to screens: past twelvemonth Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema announced that Kenji Kamiyama (Ultraman, Ghost successful the Shell SAC_2045) volition nonstop The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, a CG anime movie that tells the communicative of Helm Hammerhand, the legendary king of Rohan who’s reign saw the operation of Helm’s Deep, the fortress besieged by Saruman’s Uruk-Hai successful The Two Towers. (Read More: Lord of the Rings Returns to Helm’s Deep for an Anime Film About the King of Rohan)

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