The long-anticipated Lord of the Rings TV series on Amazon Prime finally revealed its name: The Rings of Power. Amazon also announced the show will debut on Sept. 2, 2022. Initially, the TV series was supposed to air sometime in 2021. The pandemic likely caused the delay but that is arguably for the best. This gave the showrunners more time to get it polished, and based on the teaser trailer below, I think it was the right decision.
Practicality: Lord of the Rings vs. The Hobbit
The teaser trailer for The Rings of Power is brief and doesn’t contain much substance. But it’s very interesting to see it made with practical effects instead of CGI. The video below shows a quick look at how the studio created it.
Furthermore, it brings up the question of how the show will look. What kind of effects will it use? I think I can speak for most fans when it comes to the effects in The Lord of the Rings compared to The Hobbit. In LOTR, many of the effects you see are real — actors dressed up in costume with makeup on to portray a certain character with some CGI to enhance it.
In The Hobbit, however, the majority of effects used CGI and the difference is stark. Personally, I loved all six films that Peter Jackson made. But the CGI in The Hobbit was far too noticeable and put a damper on what was another fantastic trilogy. Hopefully, Amazon Prime chose to use more practicality than CGI in the TV series debuting this September to give it a more visceral feel.
Plot Details for The Rings of Power
When first announced, the rumors of what Amazon would do with The Lord of the Rings went wild. Fans have speculated for years what would occur in this TV series. Some thought it would focus around a young Aragorn, but that has been put to rest. The Rings of Power is set during the ‘Second Age’ and this is an important detail. But the title of the TV series also adds significant detail.
The Second Age is a time well before the events of Peter Jackson’s original trilogy. Elrond and the elves secured their beautiful city of Rivendell, the Mines of Moria went by their formal name of Khazad-Dûm, and the rings of power were forged. We’ll likely see a lot of events in these specific places.
Furthermore, the title The Rings of Power means we’ll likely see the forging of the rings and how they corrupted certain individuals. The nine men who became the Nazgûl will be in their evil but human form before Sauron gained control of them.
This is a fascinating detail to explore because the showrunners can basically do what they want here. The lore Tolkien created sets a beautiful foundation to expand upon. While there are still no concrete details other than when this show takes place, there is enough exposition to confidently predict what we’ll see.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power debuts on Sept. 2, 2022, and we’ll likely see a real trailer for this TV series quite soon. Sauron’s rise to power is inevitable and seeing it on-screen will be an absolute delight for any lifelong fan such as myself.
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