The Rings of Power Brings the History of Middle-Earth to the Big Screen


A poster for the show

Jade Baxendale, Editor-in-Chief

In the fall of 2017, Amazon gained the rights to a new series based in the world of the Lord of the Rings called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The show has a five-season plan and occurs before the events of both The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. The story will focus on the history of Middle-earth and the events that led to the forging of the rings of power.

A young Galadriel

During the Superbowl, Amazon released a teaser trailer for the show which is now set to come out on September 2, 2022. The minute-long clip doesn’t reveal much about the show’s plot, but it does introduce new characters, themes, and visuals that we can expect from the series.

To get a better idea of the plot, the caption of the official trailer on YouTube states, “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 NĂºmenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.” Although even this leaves many questions as to the storyline of the show.

Even though the show is set thousands of years before the storylines of the movies, the great thing about Middle-earth is that this means we will see some “familiar” characters. Elves like Galadriel and Elrond will be seen in their youth, although played by different actors. We can also expect to see Sauron in the series.

A young Elrond

So what does this show mean for Lord of the Rings fans? For one, it means more content for viewers to enjoy. With the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit being very successful book-to-screen adaptations, it’s easy to have high hopes for this series. Even though the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings legendary director Peter Jackson will not be directing, the true master behind Middle-earth is, of course, J.R.R. Tolkien himself.

If this series successfully adapts Tolkien’s work to the big screen, then there is no doubt that fans will be able to love and enjoy this new show.