Lord of The Ring's new TV Series launches 2 September.

Amazon have confirmed the release date of their highly anticipated 'Lord of The Rings' TV series. Titled “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” and filmed entirely in New Zealand, the series will debut globally on 2 September 2022. This will be followed on December 16, by the first of the new Avatar movies, 'Avatar: The Way of Water", also filmed in New Zealand. Read on for details.

From CNN — "Amazon’s long-awaited “Lord of the Rings” prequel series, set thousands of years before the events of the trilogy, has a name — and a slightly more detailed logline that confirms the looming presence of a certain Dark Lord.

“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” will center on the 20 rings mentioned, but not deeply explored, in the original “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. 

The series, will see heroes and villains, new and familiar, deal with the aftermath of the rings’ creation and the source of evil behind them — Sauron, according to its showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay.

Payne and McKay said in a statement that the series “unites all the major stories of Middle-Earth’s second age: the forging of the rings, the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron, the epic tale of Númenor and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men,” stories familiar to Tolkienites.

How many seasons of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings will there be?

When Amazon acquired the rights to Lord of the Rings for a hefty sum, they made a multi-season commitment that also included a potential spin-off series.

Nonetheless, each season will still need to have formal approval to go ahead from the Amazon execs, in the unlikely scenario that the series is an utter commercial disaster.

The company seems to have faith that won’t be the case, as it has already confirmed a second season."

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Mt Ngarahoe, aka Mt Doom in the original Lord of The Rings.

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Putangarua Pinnacles aka "The Paths of the Dead"

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Aoraki Mt Cook.

Tolkien purists can breathe a sigh of relief, as Amazon’s deal for the rights to the Lord of the Rings series reportedly include quite a few rules regarding the show’s faithfulness to the source material.

Speaking to the German Tolkien Society, Tolkien scholar and series supervisor Tom Shippey indicated that the Tolkien estate has veto power over any content in the series that doesn’t correspond with the author’s vision for the saga.

“The Tolkien estate will insist that the main shape of the Second Age is not altered,” said Shippey. “Sauron invades Eriador, is forced back by a Númenorean expedition, returns to Númenor. There, he corrupts the Númenoreans and seduces them to break the ban of the Valar. All this, the course of history, must remain the same.”

Shippey also confirmed that the Third Age of Middle-earth — in which The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are set — is off-limits for the series, suggesting that there won’t be any hobbits to be found in the show.

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The Hobbiton movie set, attract thousands of visitors, with attendance records being broken every year. 

Avatar 2 release date

This November 10, 2021 report from 'RadioTimes.com' provides an update on the release date of the highly anticipated Avatar 2.

"The film seems to be on track for a December 16, 2022 release, after director James Cameron announced that filming on Avatar 2 had wrapped.

Speaking to Cinema Blend, the director said: "So where we are right now, I'm down in New Zealand shooting. We're shooting the remainder of the live-action. We've got about 10 per cent left to go. We're 100 per cent complete on Avatar 2, and we're sort of 95 per cent complete on Avatar 3."

Once the first Avatar sequel is finally released, fans won't have so long to wait for further adventures on Pandora, as Avatar 3 is slated for just two years later on 22nd December 2024.

Cameron added: "The day we deliver Avatar 2, we'll just start working on finishing Avatar 3."

There will be a three-year break for the following entry, as Avatar 4 is currently due to arrive on 19th December 2026, while the fifth movie will launch on 17th December 2028.

Of course, take this ambitious plan with a grain of salt; Avatar 2 was initially scheduled for release in 2014, so that gives you an idea of just how unreliable these official dates have been up until now.

What will the Avatar films be called?

BBC News reported that it had "seen documentation" which revealed the titles for the four sequels as the following:

  • Avatar: The Way of Water
  • Avatar: The Seed Bearer
  • Avatar: The Tulkun Rider
  • Avatar: The Quest for Eywa


Lindsay Barron

Lindsay Barron • Aug 01, 2022