At long last, Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings TV series finally has a title. A recent teaser announced the name of the upcoming Lord of the Rings show: The Rings of Power. The series will debut on Amazon Prime Video in September of 2022. The Rings of Power takes place in the Second Age of Middle-earth, which makes it a prequel to the other cinematic works of the series. So, fans will bear witness to events that have only ever been mentioned on-screen. Showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, provided more details.
JD Payne and Patrick McKay: 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.
Peter Jackson’s first trilogy of films told the story of The One Ring. Although, Sauron gave lesser rings to the rulers of Middle-earth as well. The nine Ringwraiths, also referred to as Black Riders and Nazgûl, were originally the nine mortal men that Sauron gave rings to. However, outside of that, the holders of the lesser rings are never explored in the films.
It sounds like The Rings of Power will tell fans the stories of some rulers that were given rings. Tolkien used the rings to symbolize greed and its ability to corrupt. This concept was inspired by Aristotle’s virtue ethics, which Tolkien studied closely. Perhaps this Amazon series will use that notion to tell some tragedy narratives. Watching a proud and benevolent King get driven to vileness by greed would make for a very Shakespeare-esque story.
Now that The Rings of Power is revealed, there could be some more teasers to come. Are you excited about this Lord of the Rings series? Let us know in the comments.