The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power (LotR, TRoP)
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is an American fantasy television series based on the novel The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. The series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It is produced by Amazon Studios. The season is scheduled to premiere on Prime Video on September 1, 2022. In August 2021, Amazon announced that production for future seasons would take place in the United Kingdom. Filming for the second season was expected to begin by mid-2022.
|Network/Streamer||Amazon Prime Video|
|When does 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' release?||September 1, 2022|
|Number of Seasons||2 (Second in production)|
|Overall budget||$1 billion|
|Cost per episode||$58 million|
|Number of Episodes||8|
|When was 'The Rings of Power' greenlit||2017|
|When did the series start production||2019|
|Total cast members||38|
|Total executive producers||11|
|Number of shooting locations||9|
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ releases on September 1, 2022, on Amazon Prime Videos.
The ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ will stream on Amazon Prime Videos. The subscription for the streaming service comes with a 30-day free trial as well.
Yes, the upcoming series serves as a precursor to the events that take place in the movies.
Amazon announced that the first season of ‘The Rings of Power’ would consist of eight episodes, and the first two chapters premiere together followed by one episode every week.
The first two episodes are slated to drop at 6 pm PDT/9 pm EDT in the United States on September 1. For those in the UK, the series drops at 2 am BST on September 2.
The much-awaited series will focus on Sauron’s rise to power as well as the forging of the Rings gifted by the Drak Lord to the humans, dwarves, and elves.
Despite the fact that the series is set over the course of the years, one of the storylines will see a young Galadriel fending off threats to avenge her brother’s murder. ‘The Rings of Power’ will also see the meteoric rise and equally grave downfall of Númenor, the island of men.
J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay serve as the showrunners for the series developed for Amazon Prime Video. The series is based on the novel ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and its appendices by JRR Tolkien.
The major cast includes Morfydd Clark, Benjamin Walker, Charles Edwards, Charlie Vickers, Markella Kavenagh, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Tyroe Muhafidin, Maxim Baldry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Owain Arthur, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Leon Wadham, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.
The official synopsis 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 JRR 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 on 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."
Amazon Prime has already greenlit the prequel for a second season. The production is slated to start in mid-2022.
Sauron was a highly gifted Maia. He was a student of Aulë and became skilled at crafting and making, he was thus named Mairon. Coveting the power through which he would coordinate all things according to his own will, he joined with Melkor. As "Gorthaur" he became the most trusted lieutenant of Morgoth, being reckoned as the greatest of his allies and servants in the Wars of Beleriand.
From his fortress of Tol-in-Gaurhoth, Sauron was directly responsible for the death of Barahir and later the Noldorin king Finrod during the Quest for the Silmaril. He demonstrated the ability to take the form of a wolf, a serpent, and a vampire. Sauron continually strove to conquer Middle-earth throughout the Second age and this series will show how.
Known as the ‘Lady’ of the woods of Lothlorien. Galadriel is one of the greatest elves in Middle-earth. Her knowledge, beauty, and power were unparalleled as she surpassed all the other elves. She and her husband Celeborn ruled alongside each other.
Galadriel bore Nenya one of the three Elven rings of power and in JRR Tolkien’s works, she was looked at as the mightiest and fairies of elves in the Third Age. Morfydd Clark, who plays the character in the hit Amazon series described Galadriel as an immortal elf.
“She’s fiery and hopeful. But haunted by the death of her brother and on a quest for vengeance. She’s one-track-minded in what she’s doing.”
Played by Ismael Cruz Cordova, Arondir is one of the new characters introduced in ‘The Rings of Power.’ Known as a Silvan elf, there’s very little that’s known about the new figure in the series. What is confirmed is that he is in love with Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), a human village healer. His forbidden love story with Bronwyn is similar to Tolkien’s other love stories about Beren and Lúthien and Aragorn and Arwen.Gil-galad
Also known as ‘High King of the Noldor,’ Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker) was a Noldorin elf. Gil-galad held the highest authority among the Elves. He was a peaceful ruler who was highly respected by both the Noldor and Sindar, thus being considered as a "High King" of Elves in Middle-earth. He formed the ‘Last Alliance of Elves and Men’ alongside King Elendil, and led the Elves to war against menacing evil Sauron during this time. His death marked the end of the Noldorin Kingdoms in Middle-earth, though some Noldor would still reside in Imladris and the Grey Havens throughout the Third Age.
Interestingly, Elrond had been Gil-galad's herald during the war against Sauron. Gil-Galad prior to his demise had passed his Ring of Power to Elrond, which made him something of a successor.
Born in the First Age in Beleriand, Elrond is the bearer of the elven-ring Vilya, the Ring of Air, and master of Rivendell, where he has lived for thousands of years through the Second and Third Ages of Middle-earth. The character was first introduced in ‘The Hobbit,’ where he plays a supporting role, as he does in ‘The Lord of the Rings’. He opposed Sauron and fought against him throughout the Second Age, helped in defeating Sauron in the War of the Last Alliance as Gil-galad’s herald. In the Middle-Earth saga, he is described as dark-haired, while his eyes were grey, shining like starlight. He could be seen wearing a shiny silver dress. Being one of the most prominent characters in the JRR Tolkien’s Middle-Earth saga, Elrond was instrumental in providing vital info to the Dwarves which helped them in entering the Lonely Mountain.
At the end of Third Age and the destruction of the One Ring, Elrond sailed away to the west with Bilbo, Frodo, Galadriel, and Gandalf, giving a closure to the Third Age and the beginning of the Fourth. According Tolkien, Elrond’s name is translated as “Vault of Heave”.