The time is at hand. Amazon’s uber-budget The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is nearly upon us. We have already had one big budget fantasy epic land this week. With the Middle Earth equivalent coming just next week, a final trailer has been released.

Patrick McKay and JD Payne have around $450 million a season to play with. The first season begins with the wicked god Morgoth having been defeated and his apprentice, Sauron, has vanished. Galadriel is hunting down the last remnants of their collaborators, who also killed her brother.

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Locations in The Rings Of Power include the Misty Mountains, the forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, and the island kingdom of Numenor. This is the story of Middle Earth’s Second Age, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Remember, there are legal protections to preserves the lore. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are set during the Third Age of Middle-earth, with the First and Second Ages being explored in other Tolkien writings such as The SilmarillionUnfinished Tales, and The History of Middle-earth.

 

Amazon bought the television rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but not for the Third Age events which were held by Middle-earth Enterprises.

The cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

Check out the final trailer for The Rings Of Power here:

J.A. Bayona (Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) directs the first two episodes. There is a cinematic release of those episodes on August 31st, then the Amazon Prime launch on September 2nd.

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