Amazon has been surprisingly tight-lipped about the next series' plot, despite the subtitle's obviousness.
Only a few strategically timed hints have been given about the series, and how it will fill in the gaps in Tolkien's Middle-earth chronology.
To be sure, that's because even with one of the biggest businesses in the world backing it, the program is a risk. Showcase Amazon's ability to produce big-budget prestige series and compete with HBO's Game of Thrones for the fantasy crown.
Consequently, there's a sense that the Rings of Power deployment has been well planned. Still, we can learn a lot about what the series aims to be from the information that has begun to accumulate.
Everything we know about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power's tale and history is here.
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Who Are the Powers That Be?
New information about who's portraying who has been revealed throughout the year, despite the fact that the initial roster was confined to a series of hand-only character posters.
There has long been a rumor about the casting of Morfydd Clark (Saint Maud) in the role of a younger Galadriel, who will be out hunting out former allies of Morgoth, the recently vanquished first great Dark Lord.
For company, there is Durin IV, scion of Khazad-Dûm (called Moria), elf princess Arondir, and human village healer Bronwyn, who is in an illicit romance with an elven figure named Arondir (Nazanin Boniadi).
Young Elrond (Robert Aramayo) is an “ambitious” architect and politician who is rising to prominence in The Rings of Power. When Isildur, played by Maxim Baldry, rips Sauron's One Ring from his hand, we'll also see him. Even if you're not a lover of fantasy, you'll know Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) and Gil-Galad (Benjamin Walker) as characters from the books.
Trevyn, a new character created by Simon Merrells, will also appear in the film. According to Vanity Fair's February cover story on the show, Megan Richards and Markella Kavenagh would portray “two charming, curious harfoots.
Rose and Guildenstern Are Dead tale in the margins of greater adventures is what the showrunners have fleshed up, according to Entertainment Weekly, which is why they've created a pastoral, clandestine her foot civilization.
Theo, a new character performed by Tyrone Muhafidinis, was presented by Amazon in mid-April.
What Are the Rings of Power for?
This prequel takes place around 2,000 years before the events of the remainder of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, with Galadriel leading the assault against Sauron's acolytes, notably his apprentice.
A runaway from his past, Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) is a newcomer to the show who she encounters while drifting at sea. The creation of the rings of power will eventually be the climax of both the series and the prequel.
All four races had their own rings, but Sauron used the one ring to fool them all, explained co-showrunner Patrick McKay in an interview with Vanity Fair. ‘It's a narrative about the origins and effects on various races of the many abilities that have been created.'
Who Are the Hobbits?
Hobbits never accomplished anything notable until the Third Age, according to McKay in a February interview with Vanity Fair. Is it truly Middle-earth without hobbits or at least creatures that resemble hobbits?
So the show's producers saw the harfoots as a means to incorporate the Hobbits without trampling on any (hairy) toes. Harfoots, as Polygon's Susana Polo reminds out, are the ancestors of the contemporary hobbit, and they appear to play a key role in the story:
The Rings of Power Cost How Much?
We don't know what the Tolkiens will get in return for their $250 million investment in the rights (which will also allow them to have a say in the series' development).
Vanity Fair reports production expenses of $462 million, offset by a $108 million tax credit, in their New Zealand production paperwork.
However, the magazine estimates that the series has already cost well over $1 billion due to a marketing effort and additional seasons.
The Lord of the Rings Anime Fit Where?
An April 12, 2024 release date has been set for the feature-length anime adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, which was announced in 2021. Even though it takes place in the same universe, the Warner Bros. film has nothing to do with the Amazon series.
Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's War of the Rohirrim is directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Blade Runner: Black Lotus), who also serves as executive producer (The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit trilogies). One of the Middle-greatest earth's legends, the powerful Rohan King, Helm Hammerhand, will be the subject of this film.