Amazon is eagerly awaited, big-The Lord of the Rings budget series is almost here. This cinematic throwback to Middle-earth doesn’t just tell the beloved stories of JRR Tolkien, it instead builds on the author’s legacy with an all-new tale set thousands of years before The Lord of the Rings. “It’s a bold approach,” reads our Rings of Power premiere review“and here fortune favored him. The two-episode premiere marks a fine start, with jaw-dropping cinematography, excellent acting, and a story that – after a somewhat laborious set-up – shows serious promises and intrigues.”
Amazon will launch the first two episodes of Rings of Power on September 1. If you’re wondering what it’s all about or how you can watch it yourself, take a look at the information below.
How to watch The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power will debut with a two-episode premiere on September 1st at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT / 2 a.m. (Sept. 2) UK / 11 a.m. (Sept. 2) AU, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Subsequent episodes will air every Friday until October 14.
How many episodes of Rings of Power are there?
The first season of Rings of Power will have eight episodes, each of which will last approximately one hour. The tentative episode schedule for Season 1 is as follows:
- Episode 1 (September 1st)
- Episode 2 (September 1st)
- Episode 3 (September 9)
- Episode 4 (September 16)
- Episode 5 (September 23)
- Episode 6 (September 30)
- Episode 7 (October 7)
- Episode 8 (October 14)
After the two-episode premiere, new episodes will be released weekly at the following times:
- Pacific time: 9 p.m. on Thursday
- eastern time: 12 p.m. on Friday
- UK: 6 a.m. on Friday
- AU: 2 p.m. on Friday
What is Rings of Power about?
Rings of Power is set during Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Here’s an official plot synopsis from Amazon:
[Rings of Power] will take viewers back to a time when great powers were forged, kingdoms grew glorious and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope clung to the finest threads, and one of the most great villains that ever sprang from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover everyone in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the dreaded re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the far reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that will last long after have left them.
Who’s in the cast?
Rings of Power – Who’s who in the Lord of the Rings prequel
Rings of Power is developed by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay. It features the following actors:
- Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Míriel
- Robert Aramayo as Elrond
- Owain Arthur as Prince Durin IV
- Maxime Baldry as Isildur
- I don’t know Boniadi like Bronwyn
- Morfydd Clark as Galadriel
- Ismael Cruz Cordoba rounding it off
- Charles Edwards like celebrimbor
- Trystan Gravelle like Pharazôn
- Mr Lenny Henry as Sadoc Burrows
- Ema Horvath as Eärien
- Markella Kavenagh as Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot
- Joseph Mawlé as TBA
- Pierre Mullan as King Durin III
- Sophia Nomvete as Princess Disa
- Lloyd Owen like Elendil
- Megan Richards as Poppy Proudfellow
- Dylan Smith as Largo Brandyfoot
- Charlie Vickers like Halbrand
- Leon Wadham ace ministry
- Benjamin Walker as High King Gil-galad
- Daniel Weyman like The Stranger
- Sara Zwangobani as Marigold Brandyfoot
Where to watch The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies are available to stream on both Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max, though expanded editions of all three Lord of the Rings movies are only available with an HBO Max subscription. Follow the links below to discover the first films of 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.