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Amazon Reveals First Image From “The Lord of the Rings” Series

In case you missed it, Amazon has, at long last, revealed the first image from The Lord of the Rings series that we’ve all been patiently waiting for. What’s more, we now know the release date. You can expect to head back to Middle-earth on September 2, 2022, with each new episode dropping weekly.

Filming for the long-awaited series just wrapped on August 2 in New Zealand, and the first image, seen above, gives us a bucolic, an apparently peaceable part of the fabled Middle-earth, that lushly imagined and richly detailed fantasy world created by the legendary writer, academic, and philologist J.R.R. Tolkien.

Amazon has kept the plot of the series under wraps. In fact, we don’t even have the official title yet. What we do know, however, is that the series will be set thousands of years before the events depicted in Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” books, in a period called the Second Age.

“The journey begins September 2, 2022, with the premiere of our original The Lord of the Rings series on Prime Video,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios, in a statement. “I can’t express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth! Our talented producers, cast, creative, and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life.”

Amazon’s series is being shepherded by showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay. One of the series executive producers is also one of its directors—J.A. Bayona, the man behind Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the beguiling A Monster Calls.

“As Bilbo says, ‘Now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey.’ Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We cannot wait for fans to have the chance to do so as well,” said Payne and McKay in a statement.

The cast is sprawling, as would be expected in an ensemble series focusing on a vast region populated by all sorts of beings, human and otherwise. it includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

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Featured image: An image from “The Lord of the Rings.” Courtesy Amazon.

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