Prepare for Epic Return: Amazon Unveils Thrilling New Series Set in ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Universe

The Lord of the Rings original series from Amazon Studios will launch on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2022. New episodes will be released every week, and the series will be streamed in over 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The first official picture from the series was also released by Amazon on Twitter. According to the sources, the photo is from the first episode of the series that has yet to be named.

The official synopsis for the series has been released, offering fans a sneak peek of their next journey across Middle earth. The storyline outline was discovered by TheOneRing.Net and reported by IGN. While the plot synopsis doesn’t give away much, it does name the locations featured in the show, such as the Misty Mountains, Lindon, and Númenor. 

Official Synopsis of Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings”

“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.”
Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said in a statement, “I can’t express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth!”

Showrunners Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne expressed their excitement for the new project saying, “As Bilbo says, ‘now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey.’ Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We cannot wait for fans to have the chance to do so as well.” 

Writers and Directors

“Godzilla vs. Kong” screenwriters, J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will write and develop the show. “We feel like Frodo, setting out from the Shire, with a great responsibility in our care. It is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime,” according to a statement by McKay and Payne.

The “Lord of the Rings” series will welcome a diverse group of writers and directors with Bryan Cogman who wrote 11 episodes for “The Game of Thrones” along with Helen Shang, Stephany Folsom, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Glenise Mullins, and Justin Doble. The first two episodes will be directed by J.A. Bayona, director of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” 

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