The official trailer for The Rings of Power has arrived online – and the latest teaser proves that Amazon isn’t willing to give up many of the show’s secrets ahead of launch.
Released July 14th, Amazon’s newest Lord of the Rings trailer is packed with stunning stills, dramatic and emotional moments, and snippets of fantasy-based action. The upcoming Prime Video series looks like its eye-popping budget has also been put to good use, as well as being a faithful representation of JRR Tolkien’s legendary fantasy book series.
However, the teaser just goes on, well, teasing what to expect before release rather than confirming (or denying) anything significant. Check out the new trailer for The Rings of Power below:
Admittedly, Amazon Studios packed a much of content in the trailer’s two-and-a-half-minute runtime.
All the main characters, from Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel and Robert Aramayo’s Elrond, to Maxim Baldry’s Isildur and Owain Arthur’s Durin IV, get some screen time in the latest trailer. And, in fairness to the lead creative team at Amazon and The Rings of Power, the identities of other key characters who will appear — and the actors who play them — are all but confirmed in the newest batch of footage. You can read more about them and other interesting tidbits in our trailer article.
Plus, we already know that there will be four main narratives that The Rings of Power season 1 will follow, so there’s clearly a lot of story to tell in the show’s initial batch of episodes. Unlike the first teaser, which released in February, we also have a much clearer look at the start of all four stories, which you can read about in our Rings of Power guide.
Despite the small revelations we’ve received in this new trailer, there’s still a lot to do. no know about The Rings of Power. And with the hints, teases, and potential bugs that the new trailer contains, the latest teaser just gives us more questions than answers ahead of Amazon’s Lord of the Rings launch later this year.
Some questions have already been asked extensively by Lord of the Rings fans and TV fans in general. Who is Meteor Man? Where exactly does The Rings of Power begin in the Middle-earth timeline? And, more importantly, will Amazon do justice to Tolkien’s legendary works?
The arrival of the latest trailer, however, only adds more questions to the pile. What does Galadriel claim to have seen in her heated argument with Elrond? What are the relationships between the various races of Middle-earth like when the series begins? How big will Númenor’s role in proceedings be compared to the elven and dwarven realms? Will the Rings of Power approach Isildur’s story in a way that naturally ends with his crucial decision not to destroy the One Ring after defeating Sauron? And speaking of the Dark Lord, where the hell is he?!
We get it, trailers are just that – teasers. They are meant to create excitement for the arrival of a movie or TV show. If Amazon really wants viewers to have a good grasp of The Rings of Power before it arrives, however, the studio needs to give up some more of its secrets and answer some pressing questions fans have.
We are not asking for much – we will accept small revelations, if nothing else. But it would be nice to get a feel for how the show’s multiple narratives intersect and differentiate, where its main actors are when the series begins, and a little more on what we can expect from The Rings of Power in general.
Fortunately, it won’t be long before Amazon reveals more about its Lord of the Rings prequel series. At the time of writing, we still don’t have an official plot synopsis, so it’s possible that some of these questions will be answered when one is released. We will update this article if we receive one from Amazon Studios or the showrunners of the series in due course.
For more content on The Rings of Power, read about how The Rings of Power will show us a Middle-earth we’ve never seen before. Alternatively, find out why Amazon’s Lord of the Rings didn’t try to copy Peter Jackson’s iconic The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will release exclusively on Prime Video on Friday, September 2nd.