Trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

18 July 2022

A teaser/trailer for the upcoming Amazon produced TV series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Although a continuation of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories, written by late British author J. R. R. Tolkien, which are set during the Third Age of Middle-earth, events of The Rings of Power take place thousands of years earlier, in the Second Age.

[The Rings of Power] begins during a time of relative peace and covers all the major events of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the Rings of Power, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the fall of the island kingdom of Númenor, and the last alliance between Elves and Men.

While Tolkien didn’t write specifically about the Second Age, the series is based on mentions of the era featured in the appendices of The Lord of the Rings. And unlike Tolkien’s vision of the Second Age which spanned thousands of years, The Rings of Power will play out over a far shorter timeframe.

The biggest deviation the writers made from Tolkien’s works, which was approved by the estate and lore experts, was to condense these events from taking place over thousands of years into a short time period. This was to avoid the human characters frequently dying throughout the series due to their relatively short lifespans, and to allow major characters from later in the timeline to be introduced earlier in the series.

The first series of The Rings of Power goes to air on Friday 2 September 2022.

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