Between the Super Bowl teaser, a slew of posters and the first promo photos, the Lord of the Rings series is finally revealed more clearly. Here’s what to take away from it all.
In case you missed it, The Lord of the Rings is trending again. And not just a little! If a new animated film will be released in cinemas in 2024, it is first the small screen that will rekindle Tolkien’s flame with Rings of Power, a great Amazon series, which will stream the story of the creation of the small circular artifacts that ultimately made Sauron the all-powerful villain of Middle-earth. The launch is scheduled for September 2 on Prime Video, but the streamer is already raising the sauce, with a promotional campaign that is off to a strong start. A first trailer was unveiled on Sunday evening, during the Super Bowl, following the first official promo photos (unveiled in Vanity Fair) and the posting of a series of mysterious posters, teasing the characters of the Rings of Power. This is what we learn in all of this.
Welcome to Numenor
The trailer’s opening shot is jaw-dropping and calls to mind one of the most popular imagery from Peter Jackson’s first trilogy. Along the Anduin River, The Fellowship of the Ring fell upon The Argonath, also known as the Gate of Kings or the Pillars of Kings. Here we find a similar statue, which seems indicated that the series will take us to Númenor, the island kingdom of Men, whose destruction was one of the major events of the Second Age of Middle-earth. The question is which city of Númenor it is. Possibly the Capital, Armenelos, the City of Kings, although the absence of Nimloth, the White Tree, suggests otherwise. It could also be a large port city like Andúnië or Romena.
Galadriel, heroine at the center of the story
We also understand from this little trailer that the Elf played by Cate Blanchett in the film saga will be THE central character of the Rings of Power. The Lady of Lothlórien will be portrayed in her fearless younger years, and played by Morfydd Clark, before she comes into possession of one of the three Elven rings. As the video reveals, we won’t see the Galadriel of the films with her shimmering dresses and solemn tone, but an action-packed Galadriel in action, climbing icy cliffs, tossed by the storm and galloping across the plains, certainly in open war against Sauron.
Elrond, ambitious young elf
Not yet Lord of Rivendell, we will find a young version of the character played by Hugo Weaving in Peter Jackson. Robert Aramayo will obviously give a very political, almost Machiavellian interpretation of Elrond.
On the shores of Lindon
We also see in the video the Elven kingdom of Lindon, whose capital, the Gray Havens (also known as Mithlond), was founded in the Second Age, west of Middle-earth. It is a port city and it is from here that Gandalf, Bilbo, Frodo, Elrond, Galadriel and Celeborn depart for the Undying Lands at the end of Return of the King.
Durin IV and the Dwarves at Khazad-dûm
The teaser makes a place for the world of the Dwarves and we understand in particular that the series will present the city of Khazad-dûm, the largest of the dwarf kingdoms, in full effervescence. Remember: it is under the name of Moria that we will see the place, haunted and emptied of its inhabitants, centuries later, in The Lord of the Rings. In the Rings of Power, Khazad-dûm will be at the height of its glory and we will find Prince Durin IV – played by Owain Arthur – heir to the Durin line and considered a reincarnation of Durin I, also known as Durin the Immortal. As his princely title suggests, Durin IV will certainly not yet have ascended the throne at the start of the series and therefore probably will not yet have inherited the most powerful of the Rings of Power dwarves, given to Durin III.
Gil-galad will have the place he deserves
Another major character from Tolkien’s universe, teased on the posters and in the video, King Gil-galad will be played by Benjamin Walker. He is the fourth and last high king of the Noldor, a clan of Elves. Gil-galad had also briefly appeared in the early films, as one of the three elven ring-bearers alongside Galadriel and Círdan. He was also the one who formed the last alliance with Men to fight Sauron…
Ar-Pharazôn “the Golden”?
He was the twenty-fifth and last King of Númenor. Son of Gimilkhâd, he was at the origin of the Fall of the Kingdom. The sunny pattern that appears on the hilt of the sword of this poster and on the cuirass itself seems to indicate that Ar-Pharazon “the Golden” will indeed be included in the series. His pursuit of immortality doomed Numenor and he should be one of the villains of Rings of Power.
The ancestors of the Hobbits
Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandifoot will be played by Markella Kavenah. On the posters, she is the one holding berries in one hand. She will be a Harfoots, which are the first types of Hobbits in Tolkien’s mythology. Ancestors of Bilbo and Frodo, sort of. Main member of the cast, she should have a role to play in the adventure.