The creators of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings unveiled the most comprehensive look yet on the series at the annual San Diego Comic-Con, promising a completely different immersion into the fictional world of Middle-earth.
The cherished series, titled The Rings of Power, is set 4,000 years before the events of the beloved film adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s books. The time period is known as the second era.
The Peter Jackson films were set in the Third Age, which was “after the apocalypse, all these kingdoms fell,” Patrick McKay, co-creator of the new series, told audiences in a crowded conference room Friday.
The rings of power began with Middle-earth in peacetime, McKay said, “vibrant and full of light,” and showed the shining island of the Kingdom of Numenor.
He said the artisans, ancestors of the Hobbits, were nomadic and “far from the Shire”.
“He meets every people from Middle-earth in a different place,” McKay said.
Co-author J.D. Payne said the calm at the beginning of the story quickly became threatened.
“Just imagine your home, your family, your work, your costume, and the things that matter most to you,” Payne said.
“Then suddenly imagine all that is about to be taken away from you. How far would you go into the darkness to protect them? That is the story we tell.”
McKay and Payne appeared with several cast members including Morfydd Clark, who plays young elven warrior Galadriel, and Robert Aramayo, who portrays the Elven Elrond half.
Amazon released a three-minute teaser trailer for the series ahead of its September 2 debut on Prime Video streaming service.
The company plans to allow the story to appear within 50 hours over five seasons.
The online retailer spent approximately US$465 million (670 million Australian dollars) on the production of the first season of the show, which was filmed in New Zealand, making it among the most expensive TV shows ever produced.