Amazon advertised its TV series The Lord of the Rings for some time now, but details are scarce. Things changed a bit this week when Amazon finally announced the name of the series and released its first video teaser .
The title is a mouthful (and perhaps redundant), but it is linked to the period in which the show is set. Amazon previously stated that the series is set in the Second Era, the era preceding the events described in the most famous books by author JRR Tolkien ( The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy ).
In the Second Era, the leaders of Middle-earth wore rings of power, but some of those rings were controlled by Sauron’s “one ring”, which is, of course, the subject of many dramas in the books and films that the most people know so well.
The title of this series implies that it will tell the story of how those leaders fell under the forces or influence of Sauron. This hypothesis is supported by one declaration of the showrunners of the series in an Amazon press release:
This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book alongside JRR Tolkien’s other classics. The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of the Second Age of Middle-earth: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor and the Last Covenant of Elves and Men. Until now, audiences have only seen the story of the One Ring on screen, but before there was one there were many… and we’re thrilled to share the epic story of all of them.
The teaser video isn’t much help if you’re looking for more information or actual footage, though. It only shows vague images (similar to a modern prestige TV credit sequence) depicting the forging of one of the rings of power. Meanwhile, the voiceover shares that famous quote you’ve seen before if you’ve read the books or seen other adaptations:
Three rings for elven kings under the sky. Seven for the Dwarf Lords in their stone halls. Nine for mortal men, destined to die. One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.
In recent times, Amazon has relied heavily on genre content to bolster its Prime Video streaming service. In addition to Tolkien’s new adaptation, Amazon recently premiered a series based on the books Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time.
The adaptations also extend to video games: Amazon is moving forward with a television adaptation of the franchise of Fallout and a recent report said Amazon is close to closing a deal to adapt Mass Effect .
While Fallout And Mass Effect don’t have preview dates yet, The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power Yup. Streaming on Amazon Prime Video is scheduled to start on September 2, 2022.