The Return of Middle-Earth

By Aurora Rifkind

Assistant Student Lifestyle Editor

During Superbowl LVI, a teaser trailer for a new show premiered for “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power,” set to come out Sept. 2, 2022. 

Being produced by Amazon Prime, this has the potential to be the next big thing for the LOTR franchise.

Taking place in the Second Age of man before the rise of Sauron and the forging of the Rings of Power, the series will explore many untold stories following old and new characters alike. 

The series will follow young Galadriel and Elrond, two pivotal characters in the main series, that we have only seen as old and wizened elven rulers who warn the Fellowship about the danger of the One Ring. 

Some new characters are Tyra, a Harfoot, also known as the early ancestors to the Hobbits. There is also Arondir, a Silvan Elf that is involved in a love affair with a mortal human woman Bronwyn. Also to be featured in the series are Dwarven royalty Prince Durin IV and Princess Disa. The roles these characters will play are still unknown.

 Even though they were not seen in the teaser, there have been rumors of certain characters appearing. The major one being the Dark Lord himself, Sauron, as the series will explore the forging of his evil rings and the gifting of them to the rulers of Middle-earth. The Nazgûl will also most likely be featured. It has not been confirmed if they will be in the series, but it would be almost impossible to exclude them as they are intrinsically tied with this era in the lore.

The King of Númenor may also be featured in this series as the men of Númenor fought in the battle against Sauron before their kingdom fell into ruin.

The forging of the Rings of Power, the last alliance between men and Elves, and so much more will be fully realized on screen for the first time, bringing more life to LOTR. If Amazon Prime does it correctly, it will be what many LOTR fans have been waiting for.

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The show takes place in the Second Age of man before the rise of Sauron and the forging of the Rings of Power.

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