You should know this by now. With Amazon acquiring the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings franchise four years ago, information has been trickling out slowly. Through the years, we found out the sheer eye-popping cost of the production, who the director is, and the list of cast members.
Pretty much par on course for any big movie or series.
Now, Amazon announced that filming in New Zealand has finally wrapped for the series.
While the show’s title has not been confirmed, it will be set in the Second Age of Middle-earth history, taking place millennia before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This means viewers will be plunged into an era of major change, with Sauron forging the One Ring and starting to consolidate his power.
The first image Amazon revealed stars a figure with a white cape, whose role in the story remains a complete mystery. Fans of Tolkien’s world speculate that the series will be set in Valinor, as the image depicts what are presumably the Two Trees (two ancient light sources crafted to give light to all of Middle-earth before the sun and the moon existed).
The quality of the show may be up in the air, but it is still a momentous occasion to learn that we will get to see more stories of Middle-earth being presented on our screens.
And don’t forget to mark your calendars, because Amazon has also announced a premiere date: 2 September 2022.