August 3, 2021
The highly anticipated, yet-to-be titled Amazon Original “The Lord of the Rings” television series will premiere Sept. 2, 2022, on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide, with new episodes available weekly. Filming of the first season completed Aug. 2 in New Zealand.
The new drama brings to TV screens for the very first time J.R.R. Tolkien’s fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books. 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.
“I can’t express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth,” Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, said in a statement. “Our talented producers, cast, creative, and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life.”
A world-renowned literary work, and winner of the International Fantasy Award and Prometheus Hall of Fame Award, The Lord of the Rings was named Amazon customers’ favorite book of the millennium in 1999 and Britain’s best-loved novel of all time in BBC’s The Big Read in 2003. The Lord of the Rings books have been translated into around 40 languages and has sold more than 150 million copies.