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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Release Date, Teaser, Photos, Cast and Everything to Know

From young Galadriel to The Stranger, here’s who you need to know

The countdown to The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is on. With less than a month until it’s released on Amazon Prime Video, it’s time to brush up on all there is to know about the upcoming series that takes place in Second Age Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

The show is already the most expensive television series made thus far and has been renewed for Season 2 in advance of its premiere, with a plan for at least five seasons. As more information is released, We are keeping an eagle eye out for any and all spoilers about the upcoming series. We’ve compiled the premiere date, casting news, and all the plot information currently out there. Here’s what we know so far.

Teasers

During the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on July 22, a new trailer was released for the series that shocked even panel moderator and Tolkein expert Stephen Colbert, who said he didn’t even know who some of the characters were. 

Amazon dropped the main teaser for The Rings of Power on July 14. It featured a tense conversation between Robert Aramayo’s Elrond and Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel where Elrond tells Galadriel to “put up the sword,” saying she has fought long enough. But Galadriel says the enemy is still out there. “You have not seen what I have seen,” she emphasizes. And a shot of bodies floating in front of a fiery land is played — seemingly a premonition of what could happen to Middle-earth. 

On July 8, Amazon shared a teaser for the series along with new photos. The video gave a closer look at Middle-earth, as characters from Clark’s Galadriel to Ismael Cruz Córdova’s Arondir stared at the sky. 

Amazon dropped the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power during Super Bowl LVI. The clip included glimpses of Aramayo as the half-Elven, half-human Elrond, Owain Arthur as the dwarven prince Durin IV, and Clark as Galadriel.

Posters

On Feb. 3, the show’s official Twitter account shared nearly two dozen teaser posters, zoomed in on what appear to be the hands of key characters from the show. Some of these hands hold weapons, from a metal hammer to a broken sword. Others hold food, like acorns and an apple. The photos also show the different clothing worn by each individual, from golden armor to dirty tunics. See some of the images below, and more on the official The Rings of Power Twitter account.

Official Title 

On Jan. 19, Amazon revealed the official title of the new series with an intensely cool video (that could make for a potential opening credits sequence). The series is called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The narrator of the teaser — who seems to be Welsh actress Morfydd Clark, who plays young Galadriel — also clues in viewers to how many rings we are dealing with in this prequel series. “Three rings for the elven kings under the sky. Seven for the dwarf lords in their holes 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,” she says. Sounds very ominous indeed! The title confirms that the show will focus on Sauron’s rise to power, which involved forging 20 rings in order to take control of Middle-earth.


Release Date

Mark your calendars for fall 2022: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere Friday, Sept. 2 in Amazon Prime Video. The news of the premiere date was accompanied by a first look image.

Season 1 will be eight episodes. Amazon announced at the Television Critics Association 2020 winter press tour that the series’ first season will span eight episodes. Details on how long each episode will run haven’t been announced.

It will be a prequel. Amazon has confirmed that the television series will be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth. The Second Age lasted 3,441 years, and it ended with the downfall of the Dark Lord Sauron, the antagonist in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

Cast

Game of Thrones alum will lead the series. Robert Aramayo, who played young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, is set to star. He replaces Black Mirror: Bandersnatch and Midsommar actor Will Poulter, who dropped out over a scheduling conflict. Aramayo plays Elrond, the elf ruler. 

Amazon confirmed in January 2020 that Joseph Mawle, Tyroe MuhafidinSophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Daniel Weyman, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Ema Horvath, and Markella Kavenagh had officially joined the series. 

In December 2020, Amazon announced even more cast members. These included Maxim Baldry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, newcomer Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Thusitha Jayasundera, Fabian McCallum, Simon Merrells, Geoff Morrell, Peter Mullan, Lloyd Owen, Augustus Prew, Peter Tait, Alex Tarrant, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, and Sara Zwangobani.

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