Everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power TV show
It was Bilbo Baggins who once said 'not all those who wander are lost'.
Well, in that case, we're wandering right back into the wonderful, warm embrace of The Lord of the Rings.
Amazon Prime will drop The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power in the coming days, and the television show is sure to divide fans of J. R. R. Tolkien's work.
First of all, it is not a TV version of the Peter Jackson-directed films. We're getting a whole new story.
Taken from the lore surrounding Tolkien's epic fantasy novels, which were responsible for kickstarting an entirely new literary genre, audiences will dive head-first into the worlds of elves and dwarves.
This story will be set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, which is thousands of years before Bilbo and Frodo Baggins were even thought of.
For the record, the novels and films were set in the Third Age.
So what is it about? Well, according to Prime Video, the television series 'will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin'.
Prime Video added that viewers will also get to see one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen as he threatens to cover the world of elves, dwarves, and men in darkness.
Even though it is set a whole age before Frodo's time, we'll see the return of elves Galadriel and Elrond.
However, they won't be respectively played by megastars Cate Blanchet and Hugo Weaving as they were in the Jackson films.
Morfydd Clark and Robert Aramayo will step into the elvish slippers of the two pivotal characters.
There are some familiar faces coming in some of the human characters, though.
Isildur, played by Maxim Baldry, and his father Elendil, played by Lloyd Owen, will feature in the series and will be portrayed by the same actors as the Jackson films.
So keep your eyes peeled for that.
Just like the Jackson films, the eight-episode first season was also filmed in New Zealand, which will give fans a sense of continuity in landscape when compared with the films.
Pre-release views have already started to roll in, with GQ dubbing it as 'great'.
Inverse called it 'big, bold, and beautiful to behold'.
The Observer said it had 'scale, scope, ambition and grandiosity is unrivalled on TV'.
LA-based critic Rodrigo Salem dubbed it a 'cinematic experience' that connects well to Jackson's depiction of Middle Earth.
So, there you have it. Be prepared to have your mind blown.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will premiere on September 2 on Prime Video with two episodes.
It will then drop one by one each week...so no bingeing for you.
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