The Rings of Power
- By KENNE HOFFMAN
- Photo Courtesy of PRIME VIDEO
It’s time for another journey to middle earth with Amazon Prime’s Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. In addition to the new episodic format, there are new characters, a new age, and a new legend set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books. The franchise has become a cultural phenomenon capturing the imagination of generations of fans through literature, animated television, and feature film. Episodes one and two will drop on September 1 and 2, launching at the same time around the world so all fans can experience them simultaneously. A rollout of a single episode per week follows.
The Rings of Power tells the story of the second age of Middle-Earth, an era where great powers (and rings) were forged, kingdoms rose to glory, and fell to ruin. Unlikely heroes were tested, and Tolkien’s greatest villain threatened to cover all the world in darkness. These are not the characters we have come to know in previous versions, though writers and showrunners J.D Payne and Patrick McKay have included some familiar characters including Galadriel (Morfydd Clark of His Dark Materials), Elrond (Robert Aramayo of Game of Thrones), and High King Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker of Jessica Jones). Additionally, many important names we’ve heard mentioned come to life in the series — names like Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards), the forger of The Rings of Power.
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