After the success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit, Amazon is ready to bring fans back to the world of Middle-Earth with their upcoming LOTR series. While a lot of fans thought that Lord of the Rings was going to be the title, a new announcement trailer has revealed the official series name.
The official title of the show is The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and what’s more, we have the premiere date for the series which is September 2, 2022.
The series description reads:
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and 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.
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. 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.
With author J.R.R. Tolkien not having written too much material for the Second Age of Middle-Earth, this frees up the series to be more creative when it comes to characters and continuity. If anything, everyone is suspecting that we get to see Sauron’s Annatar, the form he takes when he tricks the elves into making the rings, and maybe Isildur, who fans know to be the first ringbearer and the one to smite Sauron by the end of the Second Age.
Besides those characters there are also some that are left mysterious in the source material that have room to be developed. The Blue Wizards are a big mystery among fans that could appear in the show, and I wouldn’t mind seeing the city of Dwarrowdelf in its heyday before the Balrog came to claim it for itself.
Catch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power when it premieres on Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 2.