Amazon ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Announces Release Date | 22 Words

The Lord of the Rings series everyone's been waiting for on Amazon Prime TV has an official premiere date, debuting on September 2, 2022, with new episodes dropping weekly.

Amazon has not only announced its date but has also released the first official image from the series too.

Even though a release date and a picture have been released, little else is known about the series, including its official title, but it will take place during the Second Age, thousands of years prior to the events of both The Lord of the Rings books and The Hobbit, confronting the emergence of evil to Middle-earth.

"The journey begins September 2, 2022, with the premiere of our original 'The Lord of the Rings series on Prime Video," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "I can't express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth! Our talented producers, cast, creative, and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life."

The cast includes Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Markella Kavenagh, Joseph Mawle, Tyroe Muhafidin, Sophia Nomvete, Lloyd Owen, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Charlie Vickers, Leon Wadham, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, and Sara Zwangobani.

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Showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay are leading the series, joined by executive producers Lindsey Weber, Callum Greene, J.A. Bayona, Belen Atienza, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, Gennifer Hutchison, Bruce Richmond, and Sharon Tal Yguado.

Payne and McKay said: "As Bilbo says, 'Now I think I am quite ready to go on another journey.' Living and breathing Middle-earth these many months has been the adventure of a lifetime. We cannot wait for fans to have the chance to do so as well."

The Lord of the Rings originated as a high fantasy novel by the author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was set in middle-earth, at some distant time in the past, and is a sequel to The Hobbit, written between 1937 and 1949, with over 150 million copies sold. The novel has gone on to inspire directors to create films of the story. Peter Jackson created The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, releasing it in 3 installments.

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He created The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the king (2003).

And more recently, Amazon, in 2017, acquired global television rights to The Lord of the Rings for a multi-season television series of new stories set before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

Who's going to be watching the new series?

We know we'll be tuning in each week!