The Lord of the Rings prequel spin-off series is out this week on Amazon Prime Video.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power — out Friday on Amazon Prime Video — is the most expensive TV series ever made. Amazon bought television rights to LOTR for $250 million (about Rs. 1,998 crore) back in 2017, before shelling out another $465 million (about Rs. 3,712 crore) to build the “infrastructure” that would last The Rings of Power across its run. The studio has made a five-season commitment, promising 50-hours worth of episodes. The entire production is expected to cost over a billion dollars (about Rs. 7,993 crore), which is over two-and-a-half times what Warner Bros. dumped into Peter Jackson’s award-winning film trilogy.
The Rings of Power is a prequel, set thousands of years prior to the events in The Lord of the Rings, and explores the vast history surrounding the Second Age in the fantastical realm of Middle-earth. In this series, showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will try and condense all the major affairs leading up to the creation of Sauron’s ring aka The One Ring — a powerful artefact that can manipulate the minds of dwarves, elves, and men. This also means that fans can finally get a taste of the Dark Lord’s origins story, as he forges the ring in the flames of Mount Doom and prepares for war.
That said, you need not watch the original LOTR trilogy or the Hobbit movies to understand the context of The Rings of Power. For one, this series is not thoroughly sourced from J.R.R. Tolkien’s mainline books, as it will expand upon the appendices to create a fictionalised representation of old Middle-earth. Secondly, this is a prequel. So feel free to use it as a starting point, and in time, carve your way into the Peter Jackson films. As for familiar characters, there are only two — Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elrond (Robert Arayamo) — both of whom have largely different personalities from what you see in the end game. Then there’s the remaining populace, who are either nowhere close to being born yet, or haven’t arrived in Middle-earth. Remember, this is set thousands of years before, making for quick character introductions and deaths.
“The stories and the actual events involving its [LOTR] characters are very different because what we’re dealing with here is a whole new age. Having said that, the themes are very similar. It’s those classic Tolkien themes of good versus evil, of underdog stories involving small people being tasked with very difficult missions to carry out,” Payne said in an interview in regards to how The Rings of Power’s theme differs from LOTR movies. “These are stories of friendship and about people overcoming evil. It’s the story of the temptation of power and its corrupting nature and what happens when people of various different species in Middle-earth get power.”
With that, here’s everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power release date and time in India
The Rings of Power premieres Friday, September 2 at 6:30am IST, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in India.
That’s in line with the global release, with the LOTR prequel series beginning Thursday, September 1 at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET in the US.
The Rings of Power debuts with the first two episodes. The remaining six episodes drop weekly on Fridays at 9:30am IST.
In India, the LOTR show will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telegu, Malayalam, and Kannada.
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