Our Predictions For The New Series “Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”

“One ring to rule them all…”

2022 seems to be the year for high fantasy, and no series is more highly-anticipated than the return to Middle Earth.

Announced all the way back in 2020, Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the Prime Video’s most ambitious project to date. With a reported budget of $465 million, the series has garnered a lot of speculation ahead of its release date. We’ve given our predictions on what we think the first season is going to look like.

We’ll Go Deep On Sauron’s Backstory

We all know Sauron created the One Ring at Mount Doom in the hopes of becoming the ultimate source of evil. But we’re thinking the show is going to go further into the events leading up to Sauron’s eventual betrayal, which is probably how the first season is going to end.

Sauron, born as Mairon, was raised as a craftsman, and quickly became the mightiest and most powerful. During this time, he was good and uncorrupted. Hopefully the show will shed more light on the events that caused him to turn evil (like his alliance with Melkor).

The Show Will Follow Each Of The 20 Rings

Much to the mixed feelings of viewers, some are speculating that the show will cover some aspect of each of the 20 rings of power. Here’s a quick refresher:

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

While this could prove to be interesting, it could also be incredibly tedious. It will all depend on how the show runners decide to handle it.

All The Sweeping Landscapes

If the Lord of the Rings franchise is known for one thing, it’s gorgeous cinematography. With the promise of plenty of traveling, we’re hoping a big chunk of that budget Prime Video coughed up for the show will be for beautiful shots of Middle Earth we haven’t ever seen before.

We Finally Meet Tom Bombadil Or Olórin

The mysterious teaser poster pictured above caused a lot of speculation within the fan community. Simply called “The Stranger” on the show’s Instagram post, people are hoping we finally get to meet Tom Bombadil, a joyful being who lives a solitary life in the forest, completely removed from Sauron and The Ring.

Others are hoping it’s Olórin, which is the form that everyone’s favorite wizard Gandalf takes when he first comes to Middle Earth. Either way, it’s bound to be a huge reveal.

Don’t Expect To Anyone We Already Know

In case you were unaware, the events of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a prequel to the events of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While people aren’t sure if the series is going to technically be canon, the cast of characters people are most familiar with won’t be seen.

The events of the series take place during the Second Age. The events of the original trilogy take place in the Fourth Age, which starts in 1422. For context, the Second Age lasted 3,441 years. So no one we know (expect for the immortal beings and maybe a few elves) will be present.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power premieres on Prime Video September 2.

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