Amazon’s highly anticipated, bigbudget Lord of the Rings series is almost here. This cinematic return to Middle-earth not only tells JRR Tolkien’s beloved stories, but builds on the author’s legacy with an all-new story set thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings. “It’s a bold approach,” reads our Rings of Power premiere review, “and here’s where luck has favored it. The two-episode premiere marks a strong start, with breathtaking cinematography, superb acting and a story that – after a somewhat set-up – shows some serious promise and intrigue.”
Amazon will debut the first two episodes of Rings of Power on September 1. If you’re wondering what it’s about or how to watch it for yourself, check out the information below.
How to watch The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power debuts with a two-episode premiere on 1st of September at 9pm ET / 6pm PT / 2pm (September 2) UK / 11am (September 2) AU, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Subsequent episodes will be released every Friday through October 14.
How many episodes of Rings of Power are there?
Rings of Power’s first season will have eight episodes, each lasting about an hour. The tentative season 1 episode schedule is as follows:
- Episode 1 (1st of September)
- Episode 2 (1st of September)
- Episode 3 (September 9th)
- Episode 4 (16 September)
- Episode 5 (September 23)
- Episode 6 (September 30th)
- Episode 7 (October 7)
- Episode 8 (14 October)
After the two-episode premiere, new episodes will be released weekly at the following times:
- Pacific time: 9 p.m. Thursday
- Eastern time: 12 noon Friday
- UK: 6 o’clock Friday
- ouch: 2 p.m. Friday
What is Rings of Power about?
Rings of Power is set during Middle-earth’s Second Age, thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Here’s an official Amazon plot synopsis:
[Rings of Power] takes viewers back to an era when great powers were forged, kingdoms rose and fell to glory, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung on the finest threads, and one of the greatest villains ever to pour from Tolkien’s pen was in danger of becoming whole world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-dreaded resurgence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf capital Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve legacies long after they are gone.
Who’s in the cast?
Rings of Power – Who’s Who in the Lord of the Rings Prequel
Rings of Power was developed by showrunners JD Payne & Patrick McKay. It plays the following actors:
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Míriel
- Robert Aramayo as Elrond
- Owain Arthur as Prince Durin IV
- Maxim Baldry as Isildur
- Nazanin Boniadic as Bronwyn
- Morfydd Clark as Galadriel
- Ismael Cruz Cordova as Arondir
- Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor
- Trystan Gravelle as pharazon
- Sir Lenny Henry as Sadoc Burrows
- Ema Horvath as Eärien
- Markella Kavenagh as Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot
- Joseph Mawlea as TBA
- Peter Mullan as King Durin III
- Sophia Nomvete as princess Disa
- Lloyd Owen as Elendil
- Megan Richards as Poppy Proudfellow
- Dylan Smith as Largo Brandyfoot
- Charlie Vickers as Halbrand
- Leon Wadham as Kemen
- Benjamin Walker as High King Gil-galad
- Daniel Weyman as The Stranger
- Sara Zwaangobanic as Marigold Brandyfoot
Where can you watch The Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies
Both the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies can be streamed on both Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max, though the Extended Editions of all three Lord of the Rings movies are only available with an HBO Max subscription. Follow the links below to get started with the first films in each trilogy:
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring – Extended Edition
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
New to the series? Check out our handy guide on how to: watch The Lord of the Rings in order.