“The dwarven kingdom of Moria is not an abandoned mine and the Gray Havens is not yet an abandoned city,” Howe continued, before adding, “I loved having the opportunity to explore that unseen history.” Essentially, this sounds like a version of Middle-earth that’s a lot more like the idyllic Shire in which the original trilogy starts, and less like the empty and war-torn landscapes the hobbits throughout the “Lord of explore the Rings” series. We’ll get to see what that still-developing Middle-earth landscape looks like, and so far, it looks pretty great. In contrast, another upcoming “Lord of the Rings” project, the Warner Bros. animated film “The War Of The Rohirrim,” will tell a more battle-centric story set in Helm’s Deep.
Howe also promises that the new series will explore a part of Middle-earth neither Jackson’s original trilogy nor the more recent “Hobbit” films have covered: The sea. How describes a crew of ocean-traveling elves as “daunting and enterprising and almost colonizing the world.” I don’t love the colonization of it all, but this sounds like it could be the elven equivalent to pirates, which I’m sure audiences will love.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” was made in collaboration with the author’s estate, and earlier this year showrunners Patrick McKay and JD Payne noted to Vanity Fair that the series has the rights to the “Rings” book trilogy, its appendices, and “The Hobbit.” The story will have to sidestep anything mentioned in “The Silmarillion” or the author’s unfinished texts, as those apparently weren’t part of the adaptation deal.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will premiere on Prime Video on September 2, 2022.