After many years of developmnt and production The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is finally streaming on Amazon Prime Video with its first two episodes. Amazon previously made the healines for dropping a lot of money on getting the rights to The Lord of the Rings franchise to develop their own series, something that could really put them on the map and compete with the likes of Game of Thrones on HBO and The Mandalorian on Disney+. Based on initial reactions to the show it seems like they got their wish, and with a five year plan already in place, the journey has just begun.
The new series can only be streamed on Amazon Prime Video, be it directly through an internet browser or on a Prime Video app on a Smart TV or other device. The series is only available to watch for Amazon Prime subscribers, available on a monthly or annual subscription.
With the primary story of J.R.R. Tolkein’s The Lord of the Rings novels being set during “The Third Age” of Middle-earth, The Rings of Power TV Seriies is actually set during the ‘Second Age’ This period of time is many thousands of years before the Fellowship of the Ring would be put together and focuses on the time when Sauron would rise to power and eventually meld in the creation of the titular Rings of Power. In short, it’s a prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The series does feature some characters that also appear in The Lord of the Rings including Elrond, Galadriel, and a few others. In large part the show is about the creation of The Rings of Power, which are the driving force of the plot in The Lord of the Rings since The One Ring is its central plot.
The new series hails from creators J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay, best known for working as script doctors in Hollywood, which features a handful of episodes directed by The Impossible and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s J.A. Bayona. There’s a powerhouse roster of executive producers attached as well including former Game of Thrones’ Bryan Cogman as a consulting producer.