If you’ve had a Hobbit-sized hole in your life since Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit film series, feast your eyes on the official trailer for Amazon’s The Lord Of The Rings: Rings Of Power, which will be streaming from September 2.
Taking place a few thousand years prior to the defeats of Smaug and Sauron respectively in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books respectively, The Rings Of Power takes us back in time to the so-called Second Age of Middle-earth’s history and technically where all the drama that’s to come began.
The story centres around the creation of the Nine Rings of Power by the Elven silversmith Celebrimbor and the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron. This marks the last great alliance between the races of men and the race of the elves.
For those of us who yearn for the more mysterious elements of Middle-earth’s past, it is also going to explore some of the stories of the lost island of Númenor that was home to the angel-like beings the Valar. It will also look at the past of one of the original book’s most enigmatic characters, Galadriel, and her more battle-ready youth as a young Elven warrior.
Story material has been pulled from The Lord Of The Rings novel but also heavily from the appendices attached that J.R.R Tolkien wrote to evolve and make canon the mythology of the world he had created.
This marks the second great fantasy series that Amazon has invested in recently, in the hopes of mimicking Games of Thrones runaway success. Last year, they released the much anticipated first series The Wheel Of Time based on the Robert Jordan books of the same name and starring Rosamund Pike.
Amazon originally bought the television rights The Lord of the Rings for a cute US$250 million in November 2017 with the ambitions of creating a five season series to cost at least US$1 billion.
The Lord Of The Rings: Rings Of Power will stream on Amazon from September 2.