The Lord of the Rings: Amazon Reveals the Title of the New Series – IGN
Amazon Studios officially announced the title of its forthcoming Lord of the Rings television series: The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The series will premiere on September 2, 2022, on Prime Video.
The epic fantasy show is set during the Second Age of Middle-earth’s history, a relatively unexplored portion of J.R.R. Tolkien’s saga mostly chronicled in the appendices of his novel. The show takes places thousands of years before the events depicted in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings and Hobbit film trilogies.
You can see a title reveal in the reveal video below:
“This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics,” showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay said in a statement. “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.”
They added: “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.”
In the title video, various shots of Middle-earth are seen as molten metal is poured into a forge and cooled to create the series’ title in silver, its lettering in Elven script. Over this, a female voiceover – a young Galadriel perhaps? – recites Tolkien’s epigraph to Lord of the Rings:
Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
The voiceover omits the passage’s next lines – “One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them” – which were famously heard in Jackson’s Lord of the Rings films, suggesting that’s a story we already know.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.
In addition to Payne and McKay, the show’s executive producers include Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belén Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado, and producer Christopher Newman. Wayne Che Yip serves as co-executive producer and also directs episodes along with J.A. Bayona and Charlotte Brändström.
Check out how they made the Lord of the Rings title sequence as a practical effect:
Season One of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power wrapped filming in New Zealand in August 2021. Envisioned as a multi-season saga, Season 2 will film in the U.K. Amazon Studios previously announced that pre-production on Season 2 will begin in early 2022.