Close
'The Lord of the Rings' COURTESY OF AMAZON STUDIOS

Amazon’s Mysterious “The Lord of the Rings” Series Reveals Title & Release Date in New Video

Amazon has just released the one true title reveal. Their eagerly-anticipated and almost comically mysterious Middle-earth-set fantasy series is officially titled The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The title speaks to how the series will be centered on the creation of the original rings of power, which ultimately led the darkest of the dark wizards Sauron to blight Middle-earth with his particular brand of malevolent control. So yes, the big bad Sauron will loom over the new series as he did in J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendary stories and Peter Jackson’s films.

The Rings of Power will take viewers back—way back—thousands of years before Tolkien’s iconic “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” were set. We’ll see a once peaceful Middle-earth slowly but surely be turned by Sauron in a realm of darkness and danger. The series, which was shot primarily in New Zealand and is rumored to be the most expensive of all time, is a big, big swing.

“This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics,” said showrunners J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay in a statement. “The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. Until now, audiences have only seen on-screen the story of the One Ring — but before there was one, there were many… and we’re excited to share the epic story of them all.”

The large ensemble cast includes Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, 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.

Check out the video below. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power debuts on Prime Video on September 2, 2022, with new episodes streaming on a weekly basis.

Here’s the official, meaty synopsis from Amazon:

Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, 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. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.

For more on Amazon Prime Video, check out these stories:

“Being the Ricardos” Cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth on Lighting Lucy and Desi

“The Boys” Season 3 Teaser Reveals Release Date, With New Insane Superheroes Joining the Series

“The Tender Bar” Cinematographer Martin Ruhe on George Clooney’s Heartfelt Adaptation

Featured image: ‘The Lord of the Rings’ COURTESY OF AMAZON STUDIOS

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

The Credits

The Credits is an online magazine that tells the story behind the story to celebrate our large and diverse creative community. Focusing on profiles of below-the-line filmmakers, The Credits celebrates the often uncelebrated individuals who are indispensable to the films and TV shows we love.

The Credits

Keep up with The Credits for the latest in film, television, and streaming.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
If you are a California resident, California law may consider certain disclosures of data a “sale” of your personal information (such as cookies that help Motion Picture Association later serve you ads, like we discuss in our Privacy Policy here), and may give you the right to opt out. If you wish to opt out, please click here: