The war of prequels is raging on our favorite streaming services. On August 21, HBO dropped its House of The Dragon, a long-awaited prequel of Games of Thrones. The show became an instant hit as over 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the first episode on HBO and HBO Max.

But something bigger was up the sleeves of fantasy screenwriters. In 2018, a bombshell announcement was made that Amazon had bought the television rights for The Lord of the Rings- The Rings of Power for $250 million and was all set to start production.

Continue reading as we dive into the world of Blockbuster TV and tell you when and where to watch Lord of the Rings-The Rings of Power.

For more than four years, fans of J.R.R Tolkien’s works have anticipated the premier of this prequel with mixed feelings. Now the moment is finally here to evaluate whether Jeff Bezos’s Amazon, who himself is a die-hard fan of the Lord of The Rings trilogy, has done justice to Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth or will it turn out to be yet another poor adaptation of a bestselling novel.

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Where to Stream Lord of the Rings?

The first two episodes of the season, titled ‘A Shadow of the Past’ and ‘Adrift’ debuted on September 1, 2022. The remaining six episodes of the first season will be aired on Friday nights at 12 a.m. ET and 9 p.m. PT.

The season finale is scheduled for October 14.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power 

This epic saga has something spectacular to offer for everyone. Young or old, men or women, Lord of the Rings enthusiasts or newcomers, the Rings of Power will take everybody on an enthralling journey for 60 minutes each week.

The Rings of Power depicts a period thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings took place. Set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, the story begins right after the creation of Elven and human kingdoms. The Rings of Power will explore the origins of lead characters like Galadriel, Elrond, and Sauron, their rise to power, and ultimately the fall of Sauron.

The five seasons of the Rings of Powers are said to give the viewers a synopsis of 3,441 years because that’s how long the Second Age lasted.

Season Overview

The first season premiered with two back-to-back episodes on September 1, 2022, and gave us an insight into Middle-earth during the Age of Numenor (Second Age). We got reintroduced to the fictional characters like elves, dwarves, orcs, and Harfoots that habited the mystical world created by Tolkien.

Even though most reviews criticized the debut episodes for being slow-paced and lacking the original language of The Lord of Rings trilogy, brilliant cinematography, fine acting skills, and some lighthearted humor garnered positive comments from critics and the audience.

Throughout this season, viewers will slowly witness the mystery unravel as Middle-earth is plunged into darkness and evil again. The audience will see the forging of rings that were gifted to elves, dwarves, and humans, and how heroes rose to the occasion and defeated Sauron to restore peace in their kingdoms.

Cast

The casting director did an amazing job on inclusivity as several actors of color were cast for prominent roles in the show. The series has 23 recurring characters and the lead roles of Galadriel, Elrond, Arondir, and Celebrimbor will be seen sharing the most screen time.

CharacterPlayed By
GaladrielMorfydd Clark
ElrondRobert Aramayo
ArondirIsmael Cruz Córdova
CelebrimborCharles Edwards
Gil-galadBenjamin Walker
Prince Durin IVOwain Arthur
Princess DisaSophia Nomvete
Elanor “Nori” BrandyfootMarkella Kavenagh
Poppy ProudfellowMegan Richards
Marigold BrandyfootSara Zwangobani
Queen Regent MírielCynthia Addai-Robinson
ElendilLloyd Owen
IsildurMaxim Baldry
BronwynNazanin Boniadi
PharazônTrystan Gravelle
EärienEma Horvath
HalbrandCharlie Vickers
TheoTyroe Muhafidin
KemenLeon Wadham

Episodes

The first season of the Rings of Power will be divided into eight episodes, 60-minutes long each.

Episode One: A Shadow of the Past

Aired On: September 1, 2022

Episode Overview: In this episode, we meet a younger version of Galadriel. She can sense the return of an ancient evil. Silvan elf Arondir makes a disturbing discovery and Elrond the half-elf is given a new opportunity. We are also introduced to the character of Nori. She breaks the Harfoot brotherhood’s most sacred covenant.

Episode Two: Adrift

Aired On: September 1, 2022

Episode Overview: In this episode, Galadriel (the immortal elf) finds a new companion while Elrond receives a cold shoulder from an old friend. Nori tries to help a mystery Stranger, and Arondir looks for answers. Bronwyn (the village healer) warns her people about impending doom.

Episode Three: Adar

Aired On: September 9, 2022

Episode Overview: Episode three featured Arnoldi. He is held captive while in Elven lands, Galadriel and Halbrand search for a mythical kingdom. Elendil (the great warrior) is assigned a new mission, and Nori is penalized for breaking the Hartfoot community’s rule.

Episode Four: The Great Wave

Aired On: September 16, 2022

Episode Overview: In this episode, we are introduced to Queen Regent Miriel. Isildur (the eldest son of Elendil) comes to one of his defining moments, and Arondir is given an ultimatum in captivity. Elrond discovers a secret in the Elven world, while Theo disobeys his mother, Bronwyn, in the human world.

Episode Five: TBD

Airing On: September 23, 2022

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Episode Six: TBD

Airing On: September 30, 2022

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Episode Seven: TBD

Airing On: October 7, 2022

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Episode Eight: TBD

Airing On: October 14, 2022

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Audience Reviews

The Lord of the Rings- the Rings of Power received mixed reviews. Some LOTR fans were disappointed at the on-screen adaptation and criticized the series for drifting away from Tolkien’s representation of Middle-earth. Others complained about the slow pace of events that were making the series a drag. The harshest critics of the series called it a pompous show of Bezoz’s excessive wealth that lacked a gripping storyline.

There were many trolls and haters on the block, including the world’s richest man Elon Musk who publically slammed the series in his tweet; “Tolkien is turning in his grave.”

However, some stood up to applaud the prequel for its action-packed performances and amazing special effects.

Overall, the Rings of Power was given an 86% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes, 6.9 out of 10 on IMDb, and 4 out of 5 stars on Common Sense Media.

Conclusion

Amazon is rapidly making its mark in the world of streaming services. Prime Video is the sole owner of most in-demand, quality content like NFL Thursday Night Football and the latest TV series from the Lord of The Rings franchise, The Rings of Power. All Amazon Prime members can watch the Lord of the Rings series every Friday night at 12 a.m. ET and 9 p.m. PT.

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So, tune in for the next episode being aired on September 23, only on Prime Video because the journey into the riveting Middle-earth has just begun.

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