The new trailer is released for Tolkien's series
The Rings of Power trailer shows off masterful imagery
Elves, Men and the realm of Middle Earth
Have you ever wondered...?
'The Rings of Power' similar to 'Lord of the Rings'
More references to the original films
Recognising some characters
Small hints for other characters: hands that speak
4 years in the making
Same world different story
You haven’t aged a bit
New Director
No Jackson
One ring? I think not
How much?
I repeat, how much!?
A Tolkien gesture
The cast: Benjamin Walker
Sir Lenny Henry
Simon Merrells
Markella Kavenagh
Joseph Mawle
Morfydd Clark
Robert Aramayo
Location, location, location
Bring a brolly for season 2
Middle earth or the south of England?
One hour episode
A weekly fix
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The new trailer is released for Tolkien's series

On September 2nd 2022 the series based on J.R.R Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' will stream on Amazon Prime. The trailer was dropped and fans are excited about the new story and new characters. We take a look at the details.

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The Rings of Power trailer shows off masterful imagery

The first thing we see in the trailer is what we hoped and expected: magnificent landscapes and beautiful cinematography. This place is thought to be a human city as the statue very closely resembled that which was made in Gondor - the human city. This isn't Gondor, but could indeed be its antecedent...

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Elves, Men and the realm of Middle Earth

Viewers are given this incredible image of an elven kingdom. One conclusion at least can be made form this scene: no expense has been spared in the making of 'The Rings of Power'.

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Have you ever wondered...?

"Have you ever wondered... what else is out there? There’s wonders in this world beyond our wandering. I can feel it." These are the words that accompany the trailer, showing all kinds of vast landscapes and characters. As she finishes speaking, the trailer cuts to a shot of actress Megan Richards who will be playing a 'sort-of' Hobbit.

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'The Rings of Power' similar to 'Lord of the Rings'

We see Galadriel (one of the three elves to receive a ring) riding across the wide open space of New Zealand on horseback, with an army at her side? More nods to the original films here as we get sweeping views of open plains and mountains. The unfolding story of Galadriel and her quest to prove herself is one many are looking forward to.

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More references to the original films

Here we go again: the Elves look like they're battling the orcs. In the dark and rain. Very LOTR.

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Recognising some characters

Robert Aramayo plays the younger version of Hugo Weaving's Elrond, another elf to have received a ring of power. He looks like he means business.

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Small hints for other characters: hands that speak

Before the trailer drop, Amazon had previously just released a set of posters for the series. The only issue was, however, there were no faces to the characters portrayed in the shots. The public just got photos of the character's hands. Saying that, the shots speak a million words.

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4 years in the making

After more than four years since Amazon acquired the television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy book series, the studio's 'Lord of the Rings' TV show released the official title.

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Same world different story

'The Rings of Power' happens in the same universe as J.R.R. Tolkien's books, but it tells a very different story to the original trilogy of movies.

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You haven’t aged a bit

The story is set thousands of years before the films, and the Amazon series will feature a whole cast of new faces - which makes sense considering the timeline. Not only are the cast new, but so are characters, too, considering Tolkien never gave us this story in writing.

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New Director

Production has been underway for some time, with director J.A. Bayona, best known for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, at the helm for the first two episodes.

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No Jackson

Unfortunately, Peter Jackson, who directed the film trilogy, has confirmed he is not involved with Amazon's TV adaptation. Last year at a new York comic con, he stated that he is looking forward to watching it as a viewer, instead of a director.

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One ring? I think not

"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.” said showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

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How much?

The first season alone will cost in the region of 450 million dollars, making it the most expensive TV show ever made. It easily beats the final season of Game of Thrones, which apparently cost HBO an estimated $90 million.

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I repeat, how much!?

According to a report by The Guardian, they are reportedly spending 'around $1bn on the adaptation, over a multi-series deal expected to run to at least five series'.

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A Tolkien gesture

Just the rights to Tolkien's world alone were reported to have cost Amazon $250 million.

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The cast: Benjamin Walker

Benjamin, recognised for his roles in 'Jessica Jones', 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' and 'Flags of Our Fathers' is excited to join the cast. He spoke to Collider about keeping the secrets of the show under wraps. He said: "I really can't say a lot, and here's the thing. It's usually annoying when they tell you not to talk about it. On this one I kind of agree with them." In the trailer his character is seen looking very serious; dressed in robes of gold, focusing on something in the sky.

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Sir Lenny Henry

The wonderful and comical Sir Lenny Henry will be playing a Hobbit. Sir Lenny spoke to the BBC about his role: "A hundred people on set [are] glaring at you and trying to work out what you’ll look like four feet tall... I’m a Harfoot, because J.R.R. Tolkien, who was also from Birmingham, suddenly there were black hobbits, I’m a black hobbit, it’s brilliant... we’re multi-cultural, we’re a tribe not a race, so we’re black, asian and brown, even Maori types within it."

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Simon Merrells

'12 Monkeys' and 'Good Omens' star, Merrells, has a wonderful look that is both engaging and otherworldly - a perfect fit for a Middle Earth show. His character will be called Trevyn. That's all we know.

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Markella Kavenagh

Kavenagh is set to play one of the leads in the series, but no one knows much about her character. Not even whether it will be Elvish or human. You can see this actress in action in 'The Cry' and 'Picnic at Hanging Rock'. Not much is given away in the trailer, either...

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Joseph Mawle

You may recognise this face looking slightly more dishevelled and his body in a black cloak. Mawle played Benjin Stark in the 'Game of Thrones' hit show. He was a loveable uncle in the series; but it seems 'Rings of Power' will see him as a villain. His character is known as 'Oren'.

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Morfydd Clark

The new Galadriel, as previously played by Cate Blanchett. The Elven royalty will be played by this young star, most recognised for her role in 'Saint Maud'; but she is feeling the pressure. She said to Esquire: "It is very expensive. There’s a lot going on. And you do feel the pressure of that".

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Robert Aramayo

Yes, it is young Ned Stark from the Game of Thrones saga. He will be playing the young Elrond. One of the best things about this new series is the surprise of how all these old and new characters fit together.

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Location, location, location

In keeping with the films tradition, most of the filming of the new series took place in New Zealand.

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Bring a brolly for season 2

However, production will move to the UK for season 2 – Amazon has already set new two filming locations in England.

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Middle earth or the south of England?

Amazon Studios TV co-head Albert Cheng said that principal photography would begin on the shores of Britain in the first half of 2022. Variety added that Bray Film Studios and Bovingdon Airfield, in Berkshire and Hertfordshire respectively, will be initially used for shooting season 2.

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One hour episode

It has been said that there will be initially eight episodes in the first season and, although there has been no confirmation, rumours are that each show will last one hour.

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A weekly fix

What we do know, however, is that each episode will be released weekly, so if you want to binge watch, you will have to wait until the season finishes.

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