The Rings of Power trailer teased fans with sweeping shots of Middle-earth, Galadriel (Morfydd Clarke) scaling an icy mountain with a dagger, a cave troll, elven battles, dwarves, and a very intriguing handshake.
Released during the Super Bowl (February 13), it was a small taste of what’s to come for Amazon’s billion dollar Lord of the Rings prequel series.
Gather around young hobbits, here’s everything you need to know about the return to Middle-earth.
How do I watch the Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power trailer?
The new teaser trailer is available to watch on YouTube.
"Haven’t you ever wondered what else is out there?” asks a young girl’s voiceover as we are treated to sweeping views of Arda.
"There’s wonders in this world beyond our wandering.”
The 60-second commercial spot offered Super Bowl viewers their first glimpse of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fabled Second Age, and a new story from Amazon Studios and showrunners J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay.
We see Elves, Dwarves, and potentially pre-hobbits in the trailer, which promises a new legend “before the king, before the fellowship, before the ring”.
When is the Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power release date?
The new Lord of the Rings show will be released on September 2, 2022.
It will be available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.
The show wrapped filming of its eight episode-long first series in New Zealand in August 2021.
So not long to wait at all.
Who is the cast of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series? Will Aragorn return?
Though little has been revealed about the new series, a few actors and the characters they will play have been announced. They include:
- Morfydd Clark as Galadriel (Saint Maud)
- Charlie Vickers as Halbrand (Medici)
- Robert Aramayo as Elrond (Game of Thrones)
- Maxim Baldry as Isildur
- Owain Arthur as Prince Durin IV
- Sophia Nomvete as Princess Disa
- Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir
- Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn
- Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor
What will the new Lord of the Rings show be about?
The multi-season series will take place in the Second Age of Middle-earth, a period spanning more than 3,000 years. It will cover major events, including the forging of the famous rings.
It’s thousands of years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books and Peter Jackson’s films, which happen in the Third Age.
This means many of our beloved Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit characters – including Frodo, Aragorn, Bilbo and Gimli – haven’t even been born yet.
Instead, The Rings of Power will cover a tumultuous period during the rise of Sauron, the creation of the Nazgûl and the One Ring.
As revealed by Variety, the series will focus on a young Galadriel and a world scarred by an epic war which saw the defeat of Sauron’s boss, Morgoth.
But a darkness still haunts the land. Expect epic battles between men, Elves and Sauron’s forces as the fate of Middle-earth is decided.
Will Gandalf be in the new Lord of the Rings series?
Gandalf is one of the most beloved characters of the Lord of the Rings books, brought to life perfectly in the films by Sir Ian McKellen.
The loveable wizard, also known as Mithrandir, was born before the shaping of Arda – the world where the Middle-earth continent is found.
So it is possible that the character could make an appearance in The Rings of Power series.
However, Sir Ian McKellen would likely not reprise the role. The actor responded on Twitter to a Screenrant story about the possibility of Gandalf returning to our screens, but not him.
Mr McKellen said: “I think this would be the most upsetting headline I’d ever read, if I weren’t gainfully employed elsewhere.”