Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Explained — Here's How Galadriel and More Fit Into the Amazon Series

A new crop of heroes will come together in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which releases its first two episodes this Thursday, Sept. 1 on Prime Video. (The show snagged an early Season 2 renewal back in November 2019.)

With the series set during the Second Age — thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings — don’t expect to see fan favorites like Frodo and Aragorn, since they weren’t yet born. However, the show will include some familiar characters, including younger versions of the immortal elves Galadriel and Elrond.

Created by showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the series spans a variety 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.

With such a large ensemble, piecing together how everyone fits into the story is a tall order. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. See below for our full explainer on Rings of Power, and then drop your predictions in the comments.

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