The Lord of the Rings ended in the Fourth Age of Middle Earth after Sauron was ones and truly vanquished.
Rings of Power is helmed by showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who were entrusted by Amazon to take on its most expensive show ever with a budget of an estimated £660million.
Speaking about bringing the source material to the screen, McKay said: “We think of our job as stewards and caretakers of this incredible world and mythology that Tolkien created. This was his life’s work. It’s the books he wrote, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and the Appendices, which is a chronology of 9,000 plus years of Middle-earth history.
“There were so many great ideas, great characters, and great themes in there that are so rich and layered.
“We felt that if we just extracted a new story out of those books and tried to realize it in the grandest way possible, there was a chance.”
The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power drops weekly on Amazon Prime Video on Fridays