J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings is no stranger to any of us. Amazon had announced that there is a Lord of the Rings series that is under development and will be released sometime in 2022.
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien is perhaps the parent of modern fantasy as we know it. The film trilogy of the 2000s still remains well known among the fans, often said that the novels and the movies both live up to the hype. The trilogy, The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and The Return of the King was released from 2001 to 2003. The films are rated 8.8/10, 8.7/10 and 8.9/10 respectively on IMDb.
The setting of the story is in the fantastical world of Middle Earth in which different races of humans, hobbits, elves, dwarves, orcs and many more. The Second Age of Middle Earth was relatively peaceful, dreading the re-emergence of evil and darkness. The same age saw the Forge of the Ring of Power, ‘One Ring to Rule Them All’ which gave Sauron the power to begin the reign of darkness.
The Lord of the Rings Series Preview Image
The preview release is only a snippet but there are a few things one can infer from it. There are discrepancies on whether the show is set in the first age of Middle Earth or the Second. Assuming it is the second, the original source material for the Lord of the Rings Series will still be relevant to place the upcoming storyline.
The Ring of Power was forged in the Second Age. The trees at the Horizon may be a part of the Undying Lands in the Continent of Aman. The figure in front may be an Elven entity that some fans speculate maybe Galadriel. The Second Age of Middle Earth lasts over 3000 years! It is likely that the entire narrative of the series will only span through the second age. Amazon purchased the rights to The Lord of the Rings for a whopping $250 million! The result of this mega buy will only be known post-production.
The Lord of the Rings Series Release
There have been many issues with the production, including a lawsuit in relation to the previous film trilogy release and Warner Bros. J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay are the producers of the series which began work in 2017. Amazon got the rights of the television rights of the Lord of the Rings series for almost a billion-dollar deal.
A preview of the first episode has been released. The first season of the show will consist of 8 episodes beginning in September 2022. Amazon has announced a release date of September 2nd, 2022 for the beginning of the journey in Middle Earth! The series will be available exclusively for Amazon Prime members with new episodes premiering every week from Friday, 2nd September 2022. Amazon has announced that the series will stream in more than 240 countries across the globe.
The Lord of the Rings Series Cast
All the characters that will star in the much-anticipated series have not been announced yet barring Morfydd Clark who will enact Galadriel. The cast however has been revealed. The cast members for the show as of now are:
- Robert Aramayo
- Owain Arthur
- Nazanin Boniadi
- Ismael Cruz Córdova
- Ema Horvath
- Markella Kavenagh
- Joseph Mawle
- Tyroe Muhafidin
- Sophia Nomvete
- Megan Richards
- Dylan Smith
This is not even the entire list. Safe to say, the ensemble for The Lord of the Rings series is going to be as grand as the weight that the title has. There are many details of the show that are yet to be cleared up. With over a year remaining for the show to arrive, here’s to hoping more details come in soon and most importantly – the trailer!
The Lord of the Rings Series updated synopsis
“The new epic drama brings to screens for the very first time J.R.R. Tolkien’s fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. Beginning in a time of relative peace, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.”
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