Drumroll Please… the ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series Finally Has a Title

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A new video has been released for the much-hyped Lord of the Rings TV series, revealing that it will be called The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

In the video teaser released by Amazon, a woman’s voice says, “Three rings for the Elven kings under the sky. Seven for the dwarf lords in their halls of stone. Nine for mortal men, doomed to die. One for the dark lord on his dark throne in the land of Mordor where the shadows lie.”

“This is a title that we imagine could live on the spine of a book next to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other classics,” said showrunners J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay of the reveal. “The Rings of Power unites all the major stories of Middle-earth’s Second Age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men. 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.”

The series is slated for a worldwide debut on Amazon Prime Video on September 2, 2022, with the cast including Australian actor Markella Kavenagh (Romper Stomper) as the show’s female lead, Tyra alongside Robert Aramayo (who played Young Ned Stark in Game of Thrones), Morfydd Clark (Dark Materials) and Joseph Mawle (Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones).

Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Ema Horvath, Tyrone Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, and Daniel Weyman will also appear.

The official synopsis for the series explains that, “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.”

Season one of the fantasy series was filmed in New Zealand, like the Peter Jackson directed films, but its second season is being produced in the UK with sources saying that it would be a more economical choice moving forward — especially as Amazon has already been heavily investing in studio space in the country and is shooting several other titles there.
Another factor that played a role in the move is New Zealand’s strict protocols when it comes to dealing with the pandemic, which includes an aggressive lockdown policy. It has been reported that while these rules ensured the cast and crew of the first season were protected from the virus, it also resulted in several logistical obstacles, particularly as much of the cast is British.
As previously reported, Jackson will not be taking part in the production of the TV series, having explained at a Comic-Con panel in 2019 that he was “kind of looking forward to” being a consumer instead.

“I was a guy who didn’t get to see the Lord of the Rings like everybody else because I had to make it,” he said on the panel. “So I’m looking forward to seeing somebody else’s take on the Tolkien world.”

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