A new age of The Lord of the Rings is upon us, after the title, release date and first trailer for the new Amazon Prime Video series was announced.
The highly-anticipated new show, titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, will arrive on September 22.
A new teaser was also revealed, showing the rings being forged and featuring a passage from the books very familiar to dedicated fans of the franchise.
‘Three things for the Elven kings under the sky,’ the voiceover in the clip reads.
‘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 series is thought to be the most expensive TV show of all time and recently wrapped up filming. It will be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, before the events of the original Lord of the Rings and Hobbit novels and films.
It’s the first time the title has been revealed, with showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay 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.’
Amazon bought the right to adapt the world of J. R. R. Tolkien for television all the way back in 2017 as part of a $250 million deal, but they have taken their sweet time getting the show off the ground.
The initial commitment by Amazon was for a five-season production, estimated to be worth at least $1 billion, making the show the most expensive television series ever made.
The series boasts an all-star cast, including Sir Lenny Henry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo and Maxim Baldry.
The synopsis for the show was unveiled in January this year, teasing that ‘heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history’ will be introduced.
‘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,’ the summary stated.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will arrive on Amazon Prime Video on September 22.
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