Amazon releases first picture of new Lord of the Rings series

A first glimpse at the highly anticipated new Lord of the Rings television series has been revealed, sending fans into a frenzy.

With filming wrapped in New Zealand on the show yesterday, Amazon has now released a single image to tease fans of the franchise.

It shows a single character wearing a white cloak against against a dramatic backdrop of ancient buildings.

While no details were dropped about who the character in the image is, fans believe the image is a strong indication it will be set in Valinor, the image shows what appears to be the Two Trees, which has set the internet alight.

“Am I really seeing the TWO TREES right before my eyes,” wrote one fan.

“Put that beautiful Valinor straight into my veins! Look at those TREES! Can’t wait!” added another.

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Camera IconAmazon has released the first-look image of its new Lord of the Rings TV series. Credit: Supplied by Amazon Studios.

Details are scant about what the show’s plot line, but it will be set in Middle-earth’s Second Age and will take place thousands of years before the events chronicled in J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings books.

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It will follow characters “both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth”.

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Camera IconSean Astin and Elijah Wood in The Lord of the Rings.

Actors attached to the project include Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, Nazanin Boniadi, Morfydd Clark, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charles Edwards, Trystan Gravelle and Sir Lenny Henry.

It has previously been reported that the season has cost around a whopping AUD$617 million to create.

Development on the series started in 2017 and in November of that year, Amazon bought the television rights to The Lord of the Rings for almost AUD$339 million.

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Camera IconElijah Wood in Lord of the Rings.

It also made a five-season production commitment, which has catapulted it to the most expensive TV series ever.

Production on the first season kicked off in Auckland in February last year but was put on hold for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke said the team were “excited…to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth”.

“Our talented producers, cast, creative, and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life.”

The series will premiere on Amazon Prime Video on Friday September 2, 2022.

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