The Lord of the Rings movies showcased the best of New Zealand’s stunning countryside.
The show is the most expensive TV series ever made, and will inevitably be compared to Game of Thrones – as well as the new Thrones spinoff, House of the Dragon.
Here is everything you need to know about how it fits in.
What can we expect from The Rings of Power?
The Rings of Power tells the story of the forging of the rings of the same name, the ascension of the dark lord Sauron, and the final alliance between humans and elves in the Second Age.
This means it is set thousands of years before the events of the Lord of the Rings books and films, long before the likes of Bilbo, Frodo and Sam graced Middle-earth.
However, thanks to the immortality of elves, there will be some characters you may recognize, including Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Elrond (Robert Aramayo).
Amazon Prime’s official synopsis for the show reads: “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power brings to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history.
“This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and one of the greatest villains that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness.
“Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth.
“From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.”
Where was it filmed?
Like the movies before, much of this series was filmed in New Zealand.
The films gave the country’s tourism an enormous boost, and it reportedly saw a jump in visitors from 1.7 to 2.4 million between 2000 and 2006.
In 2012 one per cent of visitors cited The Lord of the Rings as a reason they travelled to New Zealand, which was worth NZ$33m
This new series was mostly filmed between February 2020 and August 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand.
They mostly used Kumeu Film Studios and Auckland Film Studios, and they headed to Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana in the north.
Coastal city Piha will be featured, with its craggy landscape, as will the Coromandel Peninsula, which is known for its beaches and forested areas.
Fiordland national park and the Rangitikei District are also rumored to be featured in the series.
Executive producers Patrick McKay and John D Payne said they had been looking for “somewhere majestic, with pristine coasts, forests, and mountains”.
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