The New 'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Sounds Even Better Than the Movies

Kayla Keegan
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The New 'Lord of the Rings' TV Series Sounds Even Better Than the Movies

From Good Housekeeping

Amazon Studios has decided it's time to return to Middle earth.

Much to the delight of Frodo and Sam fans everywhere, a new Lord of the Rings TV series is coming soon to Amazon Prime Video. Inspired by The Lord of the Rings novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, the new show will be set in a time preceding the first book in the franchise, The Fellowship of the Ring, according to a press release.

To bring the series to life, Entertainment Weekly reports that Amazon is spending a whopping $500 million on the project, and the company is committed to producing at least five seasons. What's more, the cast is shooting in New Zealand, the same location where actors in the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.

Want to know more? Keep on reading for key details about the upcoming Lord of the Rings TV show:

When is The Lord of the Rings TV show release date on Amazon?

So far, Amazon has not set a premiere date. Per a press release from January 14, though, we know that production for the upcoming show is set to begin this February (note: a previous release had stated that filming had already begun in December). According to, fans shouldn't expect to see the series until late 2021 or sometime in 2022. If we hear any other updates, we'll be sure to update this post ASAP.

What will The Lord of the Rings show be about?

The fan site OneRing.Net is claiming to have the "official" show synopsis for the series:

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.

Read the full description here.

As for who the "greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien's pen" is, several outlets agree that this would be Sauron. Based on the above synopsis, it seems like fans will get a closer look at when Sauron rose to power and forged the One Ring to rule them all.

Photo credit: New Line
Photo credit: New Line

Who will be in The Lord of the Rings show's cast?

While no character names have been revealed, we do know some of the confirmed cast members for the show:

  • Robert Aramayo

  • Owain Arthur

  • Nazanin Boniadi

  • Tom Budge

  • Morfydd Clark

  • Ismael Cruz Córdova

  • Ema Horvath

  • Markella Kavenagh

  • Joseph Mawle

  • Tyroe Muhafidin

  • Sophia Nomvete

  • Megan Richards

  • Dylan Smith

  • Charlie Vickers

  • Daniel Weyman

We'll be sure to keep you posted once roles are announced for each confirmed cast member.

How can I watch and stream The Lord of the Rings show?

When The Lord of the Rings show does get a set premiere date, the series will be available on Amazon Prime Video. If you don't have Amazon Prime Video, you can sign up now for a free 30-day trial — after that, a Prime Video membership starts at $8.99 a month. In the meantime, you can rewatch The Lord of the Rings movies now on Hulu or HBO Max, or rent the films for $3.99 each on Youtube TV, iTunes, Google Play, or Vudu.

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