Amazon Prime Video's highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is coming later this year, and fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's epic fantasy books are excited for the series to take them back to Middle-Earth. Executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay also server as showrunners for the big budget series.
Set thousands of years before the events of Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings movies, the show details Sauron's forging of the Rings of Power, including the iconic One Ring.
Here's everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, including its plot details, cast, release date, trailer, and more.
The Rings of Power Plot: What is this epic fantasy about?
While The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are set at the very end of the Third Age of Middle-Earth, The Rings of Power is set during the Second Age, and the story is about the rise of Sauron, the Dark Lord who manipulates the beings of Middle-Earth to hatch plans to sow chaos and bend the world to his will.
The Second Age is a period that spans over thousands of years, leaving a lot of room for stories to be told in The Rings of Power. While the show will likely focus on the return of Sauron —diminished after a war against the Elves at the behest of the First Dark Lord, Morgoth— and the forging of the Rings of Power, this period of the Middle-Earth sees the fall of the island kingdom Númenor.
The show won't just feature events from the Second Age. our first look at the series teased a glimpse back at the earliest years of creation in Tolkien's vast reckoning of Arda, the world of his epic fantasy books.
According to a recent leak from Fellowship of Fans, the Balrog will appear at some point in the first season of the Amazon series. The outlet claims that the monster will appear during the battle that's shown in the first trailer for The Rings of Power.
The Rings of Power Cast: Who will star in the Amazon's new LOTR series?
The cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power includes Joseph Mawle, Robert Aramayo, Morfydd Clark, Benjamin Walker, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Markella Kavenagh, Maxim Baldry, Ema Horvath, Nazanin Boniadi, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Trystan Gravelle, Peter Mullan, Augustus Prew, Charles Edwards, Lenny Henry, Alex Tarrant, Simon Merrells, Lloyd Owen, and Thusitha Jayasundera.
Amazon also confirmed the following cast members for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Lloyd Owen, Amelie Child Villiers, Geoff Morrell, Kip Chapman, Sara Zwangobani, Will Fletcher, Fabian McCallum, Will Fletcher, Maxine Cunliffe, Leon Wadham, Peter Tait, Ian Blackburn, Anthony Crum, Daniel Weyman, Owain Arthur, Tom Budge, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Megan Richards, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete.
During April 2022's Global All Hands meeting, Prime Video revealed new images for two new characters: Theo (played by Tyroe Muhafidin) and Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi).
The Rings of Power Directors and Writers: Who are the minds behind the first season?
Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay worked with multiple directors and writers to make the first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The first two episodes of the show were directed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom's J.A. Bayona, and the following four episodes were directed by Doctor Who and The Wheel of Time's Wayne Che Yip, and the remaining two episodes were directed by The Witcher's Charlotte Brändström.
As for the writing staff, Breaking Bad’s Gennifer Hutchison and Hannibal’s Helen Shang worked on the series, among many others.
The Rings of Power Release Date: When will it be released on Amazon Prime Video?
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to release on Friday, September 2, 2022; it will be exclusively available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Episodes will be released weekly on the streaming service.
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The Rings of Power Trailer: Has Amazon released a teaser or full trailer already?
On Feb. 13, during the Super Bowl, Prime Video has released the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, giving us a glimpse of the main characters of the show as well as the various locales of the Second Age of Middle-Earth.
Watch the trailer below:
“What else is out there,” asks an unseen narrator as the trailer fades in. The teaser hints at the danger to come for the key characters of their varied lands, but story details are still being kept under wraps.
Amazon announced that the first teaser racked up 257 million views from across the world within the first 24 hours of premiering online, setting a Super Bowl record. This is the highest number of any entertainment trailer (movie, television, or streaming) that has ever premiered during a telecast of the Super Bowl.