The much awaited Amazon Original The Lord of the Rings television series will premiere Friday, September 2, 2022 on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide, with new episodes available weekly. Filming of Season One completed today in New Zealand.
The series, which was announced back in 2017 and began filming in February 2020, will arrive on Amazon Prime September 2, 2011.
The premiere date reveal was accompanied by a first look at a still image from Amazon’s Lord of the Rings, which appears to show a lone figure standing outside Minas Tirith, the capital city of Gondor. In the background of the image on the right, two white trees grow tall against the horizon.
Amazon's #LordoftheRings series finally has a premiere date!
September 2, 2022
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) August 2, 2021
Amazon has kept details about the Lord of the Rings series close to the chest in the four years since the streaming service announced their intention to bring audiences back to Middle Earth. There has been sporadic casting news the suggests the show will have a lot of 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 favored 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 time 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
Amazon also announced in November 2019 that the streaming service has renewed the show for Season 2, nearly three years before the first season is scheduled to air. Once the series premieres in September 2022, new episodes will launch on Amazon Prime Video weekly, instead of all at once.