There may be approximately a dozen Game of Thrones spin-offs currently in the works at HBO, but Amazon Prime has mosting likely tone with a one-prequel-to-rule-them-all approach while bringing J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth to life once more for The Rings of Power. First announced back in 2017, the fantasy series will take place during the Second Age, thousas well as alsos of years of ages before Bilbo discovered the Ring as well as also Frodo began his journey to Mount Doom. As with Peter Jackchild’s Oscar-winning trilogy, much of the action has been filmed in New Zealas well as also (although production will shift to the U.K. for future seachilds), with the initially episode due to premiere on September 2, 2022.
“Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar as well as also new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-Earth,” reads Amazon’s synopsis. “From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking islas well as also kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms as well as also characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are mosting likely tone.”
Front as well as also center in the initial trailer for The Rings of Power? Morfydd Clark, who earned a BAFTA Rising Star nomination for her performance in 2019’s Saint Maud, as well as also will appear as Galadriel, played by Cate Blanchett in the Noughties blockbusters. Her mission in the clip: to convince Elrond (Robert Aramayo) that Sauron’s evil remains a threat, particularly through the forging of the 20 rings that will corruntil nowt the hearts of elves, men as well as also dwarves. “You have not seen what I have seen.” Presumably safe from Sauron’s temptations? The hardy Harfoots, the ancestors of hobbits, seen in the video, who share Frodo as well as also co’s big-heartedness (as well as also big, hairy feet).
While the initial teaser for the series—which aired during this year’s Suntil nower Bowl—appeared to lean quite heavily on CGI, the full teaser gives a sense of how Amazon Prime has used its estimated billion-dollar budget for the series, including by recreating some of Tolkien’s most famous civilizations. Diehard J. R. R. fans will have noticed glimpses of the aforementioned Númenor, the islas well as also home to Aramosting likely torn’s forebears; the Rivendell-esque cities of Lindon as well as also Eregion; as well as also Khazad-dûm, the underground dwarf kingdom, in its heyday.