Less than two months before the show premieres, Amazon dropped a new and slightly more detailed teaser of its upcoming series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Released on 6 July, the teaser can be viewed only by Amazon Prime subscribers. However, Amazon released a much shorter, 15-second clip of the exclusive sneak peek on YouTube.

Based on J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings novels and its appendices, the story of the series is set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) — the first film in The Hobbit trilogy (2012-2014), which served as the prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-2003).

What we know about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power series

What the new teaser reveals

The Rings of Power teaser
Image credit: Screenshot/Prime Video/YouTube
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the first long-format adaptation of Tolkein’s monumental fantasy books. In the minute-long teaser of The Rings of Power, a comet is seen racing across the sky as the inhabitants of Middle Earth look up in wonder and amazement. While Sadoc Burrows (Lenny Henry) says, “The skies are strange,” ominously, High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker), among many others, witnesses the celestial phenomenon. Watching the sky turn orange, young Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) onboard a ship sees fantastical creatures flying away. Elrond (Robert Aramayo), Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova), Prince Durin IV (Owain Arthur) and Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) are among the other prominent characters who are watching the comet as well until the ball of fire strikes Middle Earth with a boom.

First official teaser and announcement of title

Amazon Prime first unveiled the official teaser and title of the new series in January 2022. That teaser showed canyons filled with mist, followed by a molten lava-like substance being cast in metal to reveal the letters of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Meanwhile, in the background, a woman’s voice is heard saying, “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 multi-season drama is produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. It is said to be the most expensive TV series ever produced, with USD 1 billion spent in total production.

The plot

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’. (Image: Courtesy of The Lord of the Rings on Prime/@LOTRonPrime/Twitter)
Since The Rings of Power is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, fan-favourite characters such as Bilbo Baggins, Samwise Gamgee, Legolas and Gandalf are unlikely to appear in the series.
Producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were quoted by Deadline as saying: “This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics.” “The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring – but before there was one, there were many… and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all,” they said.

The cast

Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo in the series. (Image: Courtesy of The Lord of the Rings on Prime/@LOTRonPrime/Twitter)
Aramayo’s character Elrond is the series lead. Aramayo is a recognisable face as he essayed the role of young Ned Stark in the TV series Game of Thrones (2011–2019).
The talented ensemble of the fantasy series also includes Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Maxim Baldry, and Charles Edwards among others.

Premiere date

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has been shot in New Zealand. Its eight-episode first season will begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on 2 September 2022. The episodes will be aired weekly. (Main and Featured images: Screenshot/Prime Video/YouTube)

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