Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series Gets Release Date
Amazon Studios yesterday released a beautiful still of their yet untitled Lord of the Rings series, following the completion of filming the show’s first season in New Zealand. The image, posted by the official Twitter account for the series, shows what fans are speculating are the Two Trees of Valinor, Laurelin and Telperion, faintly visible in the background. This would make the city in the foreground Tirion, the abode of the Ñoldorin Elves in Aman, the Blessed Realm.
The caption of the image reads the show’s planned premiere date, September 2, 2022, a little more than a year from now.
Earlier this year, TheOneRing reported the upcoming show’s official synopsis, revealing that it would be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, long before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books and featuring “familiar and new” characters.
Amazon Studios’ forthcoming series brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. 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 Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
The aforementioned image might be a still from a prologue that explores the First Age and delves into the mythology of Middle-earth as told in The Silmarillion.
The studio will have high hopes for the series, having spent approximately $464.2 million on the eight-episode-long first season, according to a report by Radio New Zealand. The is several times higher than the production budget of top tier shows the likes of HBO’s Game of Thrones and Disney’s The Mandalorian, both of which spent around $15 million per episode.
The show will be available exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.