Let the beacons shine! Gondor needs help! A release date for Amazon’s long-awaited Lord of the Rings series has finally been set for next year. The series, first announced in 2017 and began filming in February 2020, will appear on Amazon Prime on September 2, 2011.
Amazon’s Lord of the Rings premiere date was revealed along with the first look at a still image, which appears to show a lone figure standing outside Minas Tirith, the capital city of Gondor. On the right, two white trees stand tall against the horizon.
Amazon's #LordoftheRings series finally has a premiere date!
September 2, 2022
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) August 2, 2021
Four years after announcing their intentions to bring audiences back to Middle Earth, Amazon has kept details about the Lord of the Rings series under wraps. There has been sporadic casting news that suggests the show will have many characters, and a cryptic tweet from March 2019 got fans riled up by showing a map of Middle Earth with the lost continent of Númenor in one corner. In the history of Middle Earth, Númenor was the Atlantis-like home of the Dúnedain, a favoured race of men who fell into darkness thousands of years before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring.
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) March 7, 2019
The official Lord of the Rings on Prime Twitter account also confirmed a report from TheOneRing.net that contained a “synopsis” of the first season that mostly hinted at the period of the show (The Second Age) and the appearance of “the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen.”
We’re just as excited! Here’s to visiting places never before seen and old kingdoms at the height of their glory. https://t.co/uIMHpBHPQ1
— The Lord of the Rings on Prime (@LOTRonPrime) January 14, 2021
Also in November 2019, Amazon announced that the streaming service had renewed the show for Season 2 nearly three years before the first season was to air. In September 2022, new episodes of the series will be available on Amazon Prime Video weekly instead of all at once.