Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is almost ready to come out. It’s been a long time coming, but there’s a lot of information about the epic fantasy show to keep you busy in the meantime. For one thing, you can watch trailers that show Middle-earth, a strange object falling from the sky, and Galadriel and Elrond coming back (but played by different actors; more on that later).
We’ve put together everything else there is to know about the show here, from the huge cast to details about the time period, the show’s plot, and people’s first impressions. The most recent news is that exciting new trailer, and we’ll tell you more about that and everything else below. So, keep reading to catch up on everything. The Rings of Power in Lord of the Rings
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power release date
Amazon has confirmed that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be out on a certain date. The new show will start on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) July 14, 2022
The streamer made the announcement in August 2021, giving fans over a year to make plans to watch the first episode slowly. Amazon must be happy with what they’re seeing on set. Filming has been going on for a while, and in May 2020, director J.A. Bayona, best known for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, posted a photo from behind the scenes.
At one point, people thought that the plan was to release the game in December 2021, but the COVID pandemic changed that. Even if there hadn’t been a pandemic, it was still going to take a long time for the Lord of the Rings TV show to start.
Deadline said before that there would be a four- to five-month break after the first two episodes were shot so that the showrunners could figure out what worked and what didn’t. Some people thought that season 2 would then film right after season 1. One effect of this strategy may have been that actor Tom Budge left the show because of “creative differences.” We’ll talk more about that in a minute.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power synopsis
When The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was announced as the official title, Amazon put out the first official information about the show.
Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay said, “This is a title that could be on the spine of a book with J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics.” “The Rings of Power brings together all of Middle-most earth’s important stories from the Second Age: the making of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic story of Numenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men,” said Tolkien.
Later, Amazon put out an official synopsis that hinted at both new and old characters who will be in the series. The show will show “the heroic legends of Middle-history earth during the mythical Second Age.” In other words, it takes place thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories.
“It will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness,” the statement reads. “Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.”
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) July 22, 2022
Some of the places mentioned in the synopsis have never been seen on screen before, which is exciting: “From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”
A piece in Vanity Fair(opens in a new tab) also saw the showrunners reveal more about what to expect. Co-showrunner Patrick McKay said that the show will eventually be about “the making of the rings.” “Sauron made rings for the elves, the dwarves, and the people. He also made one ring that he used to trick everyone. It’s about how all those powers came to be, where they came from, and what they did to each race.”
If you were wondering about hobbits, the people in charge of the show have said whether or not we’ll see them. Turns out, we won’t be seeing hobbits – but their ancestors, the harfoots.
“One of the very specific things the texts say is that hobbits never did anything historic or noteworthy before the Third Age,” McKay said. “But really, does it feel like Middle-earth if you don’t have hobbits or something like hobbits in it?” We won’t see Bagginses, but rather harfoots, one of three types of hobbits along with Stoors and Fallohides. Harfoots don’t live in the Shire, but according to Vanity Fair, the showrunners have made “a pastoral harfoot society that thrives on secrecy and avoiding detection so that they can play out a kind of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead story” in between the main quests.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power cast
So far, 38 cast members have been named. Here is a list of the actors you can expect to see in Season One: Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Nazanin Boniadi, Beau Cassidy, Kip Chapman, Morfydd Clark, Anthony Crum, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Maxine Cunliffe, Charles Edwards, Will Fletcher, Trystan Gravelle, Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Thusitha Jayasundera, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Simon Merrells, Fabian McCallum, Geoff Morrell, Tyroe Muhafidin, Peter Mullan, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Charlie Vickers, Amelie Child-Villiers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) July 23, 2022
Where can I watch it?
Starting September 2, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will only be available on Prime Video. If you’re a Prime member, you can watch free videos on Prime Video by logging in to your account.