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‘Lord of the Rings’ TV show trailer: Get your 1st glimpses of Middle-earth

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TV series 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' will be available to stream on Prime Video starting Sept. 2. – Feb 14, 2022

Move over, Super Bowl ring. There’s a new (but also very ancient) ring in town.

Amazon Studios released a first teaser trailer for its blockbuster Lord of the Rings television series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power during Super Bowl LVI, giving a first good look at the upcoming prequel series.

While the teaser doesn’t share any major plot points, die-hard LOTR fans will spot some long-awaited reveals.

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First up is the city of Númenor — Tolkien’s technologically advanced version of Atlantis that ruled in “the Second Age” of Middle-earth’s history. While The Lord of the Rings books take place in what Tolkien considered “the Third Age,” the new series predates the books by thousands of years.

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We’re also introduced to the Hobbit’s ancestors, known as the Harfoot. The series has committed to fully examining what came before Frodo, Aragorn and Bilbo, and we’re given a glimpse of a Harfoot character that muses about leaving her nomadic tribe — surely making her one of Bilbo and Frodo’s ancestors.

A screengrab from the trailer shows a young Harfoot girl, played by Markella Kavenagh, ponders leaving her people for greater adventures.
A young Harfoot girl, played by Markella Kavenagh, ponders leaving her people for greater adventures. Courtesy / Amazon Studios

She begs the question: “Haven’t you ever wondered what else is out there? There’s wonders in this world beyond our wandering. I can feel it!”

We also get glimpses of a young Galadriel, played by Morfydd Clark, climbing a massive frozen waterfall, while a presumably stranded Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) floats on a raft in the ocean.

It looks like fans will get a Galadriel background story. Courtesy / Amazon Studios

There are brief glimpses of orcs, elves, and dwarves throughout the trailer, and an ominous scene that shows an almost-naked character surrounded by flames, as well as a human hand holding what appears to be a hand of a Harfoot.

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The new series is thought to be the most expensive television show ever made, and it shows. The rich elven locations and sprawling city of Númenor are a special effect feast for the eyes, and the costumes have only become more elaborate and rich since the movie trilogy.

(Watch the trailer, top.)

‘The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power’ will premiere on Prime Video on Sept. 2. New episodes will be released weekly.

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