The long-feared reemergence of a great evil will test unlikely Middle-earth heroes in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which will (at long last) arrive on Prime Video later this year.
From elves to dwarves to orcs and humans, the Prime Video series will bring together familiar characters, like the elven queen Galadriel, as well as several new figures created specifically for the show. (Check out the official teaser here.)
With Rings of Power deriving most of its source material from the Lord of the Rings‘ appendices, co-showrunner Patrick McKay noted that the upcoming series won’t try to emulate Peter Jackson’s big-screen trilogy. “Anyone approaching Lord Of The Rings on screen would be wrong not to think about how wonderfully right [Jackson] got so much of it,” McKay told Empire. “But we’re admirers from afar, that’s it. The Rings Of Power doesn’t try to compete with him.”
Since the series takes place during the Second Age — thousands of years before the events of both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings — well-known heroes like Aragorn and Frodo likely won’t appear, because they weren’t yet born. Instead, Rings of Power will revolve around a different ensemble that includes a young Elrond (the eventual founder of the elven realm of Rivendell; previously portrayed by Hugo Weaving in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films) and the Dark Lord Sauron, who in the upcoming series is piecing together his plan to rule all of Middle-earth.
The fantasy epic, which has already been renewed for Season 2, will span a wide array of locations, 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” as old and new characters etch out legacies that will last long after they are dead.
Details on the project remain agonizingly scarce, which is why we’re snatching up all the intel we can ahead of its premiere this fall. Check below for everything we know about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power so far.