At a glance:
- Inspired by the events detailed in J.R.R. Tolkien’s history of Middle-earth beyond The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Rings of Power explores what happened long before the events of those novels, dubbed the Second Age of Middle-earth.
- Set thousands of years before the events of the books and movies (which Rings of Power has a… tenuous connection to, and Amazon has been vague on the specifics), it details several events during the aforementioned Second Age, including Sauron’s forging of the titular magical Rings of Power, and the infamous One Ring designed to dominate all others to his will.
- It’s set to begin streaming on Prime Video starting September 2, and you can check out the first teaser here.
- Season one will run for eight episodes, and the series has already been granted a second season.
Last updated 6/23/2022.
What is The Rings of Power about?
Set during the Second Age of Middle-earth—for the record, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are set at the very end of the Third Age—Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power charts the rise of Sauron, as the Dark Lord manipulates the beings of Middle-Earth to hatch plans to sow chaos and bend the land to his will. (Read more: Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Show Is About the Return of Sauron)
The Second Age itself is a period that spans over thousands of years, leaving plenty of room for stories to be told in The Rings of Power. Beyond the return of Sauron—diminished after a war against the Elves at the behest of the First Dark Lord, Morgoth—and the forging of the Rings of Power, the Second Age sees the fall of the island kingdom of Númenor, the descendants of whom go on to found the human kingdoms of Gondor and Arnor,…